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CASE STUDY 1 | Third-Party Performance Testing: A Case Study of Residential Energy Code Enforcement

CASE STUDY 1 | Third-Party Performance Testing: A Case Study of Residential Energy Code Enforcement Download PDF
Publication Date: 2011 Author: Darcy Dwyer, Robert Johnson Program Area:Codes

IMT’s Code Compliance Experts recently completed five case studies that reveal low-cost strategies for local governments to improve energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings in their jurisdictions. The case studies were performed in several states throughout the U.S. and cover a wide range of effective strategies that were successfully implemented.

In the City of Austin, Texas, the adoption and implementation of a requirement for third-party testing to verify compliance with energy codes in new residential buildings has bolstered energy efficient residential construction. The process of designing and adopting a third-party testing requirement has generated awareness among developers, homebuilders, and contractors of the need to achieve minimum energy efficiency standards. Implementation of a code-required testing program has held these stakeholders more accountable for seeing that these standards are met. The end result: higher energy code compliance rates in newly constructed homes.