Multi-Family Projects Not Exempt from Blower Door Testing in Florida

As of July 1st, 2017, all new residential construction in Florida must pass a Blower Door test as part of the 5th Edition Energy Conservation Code, this includes multi-family buildings three stories or less (R101.5.1.1). Each unit must score 7 air changes per hour (7ACH50) or less for the Blower Door test in order for […]

Alabama’s Residential Energy Code Changing Soon

Less than 2 months from now, Alabama’s residential energy code will change from the 2009 IRC to the 2015 Alabama Residential Energy Code, which combines parts of the 2009, 2012, and 2015 IECC.  The updated code contains significant changes that will have an impact on a builder’s overall process.  However, with early preparation, builders  can […]

Helpful Video Explains Importance of the HERS Index for Building Officials

RESNET created a really helpful video to explain the HERS Index is and how important it is when it comes to energy code.  More and more states/jurisdictions are adopting more stringent energy codes, including the latest 2015 IECC, which includes a HERS Rating compliance path.  Watch the quick video below to see what HERS is […]

HVAC Contractors: Join Us for Florida Code and ENERGY STAR Rev. 8 Training on August 5th

SkyeTec will be holding a free training session for HVAC professionals on Wednesday, August 5th.  This training will cover what you need to do to resolve the challenges that the new Florida energy code is presenting builders.  We will also cover the new requirements of ENERGY STAR Revision 8 and how they affect you. This […]

Your Guide to Passing Florida’s Energy Code

In order to pass the new Florida energy code you need to have a lower e-ratio score than the 4th edition building code required.  There are a variety of ways to lower this score to passing levels, however not all of them are economical and can greatly impact your costs. Using common home specifications (i.e. […]

Builders, Can You Answer These Important Questions?

1) Does your HVAC contractor use default blower door and duct leakage values to design your system? 2) Are you tracking your tonnage sizes to see if you’re wasting money on over-sized systems? 3) How does the performance of your trades  (painters, plumbers, etc) compare across neighborhoods, regions, or divisions? 4) Do your insulation contractors […]

What is the House Infiltration Test?

In some states, such as Florida, a house infiltration test (also known as the blower door or envelope leakage test) is required for energy code compliance. What exactly does the test do? Watch our video to find out.  

The 5th Edition (2014) Florida Building Code Has Officially Passed

The 5th Edition (2014) Florida Building Code recently passed and is scheduled to take effect for all homes permitted on or after June 30th, 2015. With this latest edition also comes the new Residential Energy Code containing some big changes. Overall this new energy code is much more stringent than the current code. Each home […]