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R4.4 – The Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code for HERS Raters
September 20, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm EDT
Make sure to use the GoToWebinar link to obtain video access, this is required and verified for CEU credit. VIDEO VIEWING IS REQUIRED!
CEU’s: 3 AIA, 3 BPI, 3 Code Official
Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code incorporates a blend of energy rating requirements and International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) requirements, which often leads to confusion. This course covers the requirements of the Energy Rating Index (ERI) path, as amended by Massachusetts, and IECC “mandatory” requirements. This course, specifically designed for HERS Raters, reviews details of the ERI path, including rating standard options, renewable energy bonuses, and verification and documentation requirements. It will also discuss every IECC requirement that is mandatory under the ERI path, including envelope, mechanical system, service hot water, and whole-house mechanical ventilation. The Stretch Code requires a completed ENERGY STAR Thermal Enclosure System Checklist, and this course will provide a review of the items required on this checklist in comparison to the IECC Air Barrier and Insulation Installation Criteria, which are also required. The course will also describe duct leakage testing requirements, including IECC and RESNET 301 testing exemptions and related modeling issues. Finally, the course will briefly touch on the alternative ERI path (ENERGY STAR Homes and Passive House), EV-Ready requirements, and solar-ready requirements.