This full-day session will provide attendees with an informative overview of the residential provisions of the IRC (International Residential Code) Chapter 11 and Chapter 4 of the 2009 IECC (International Energy Conservation Code). The first hour will set the stage for energy codes and energy efficiency in buildings in general through a presentation and discussion on the value of residential energy codes. This section will be supported by a review of the basic science of how a building works, including a good discussion of heat transfer and moisture control and the value of good HVAC design. The scope and application of the International Residential Code will be presented to help attendees identify the buildings and systems that are covered by the code. Envelope and HVAC system requirements and a brief overview of the ResCheck compliance software will provide clarity to the application of Chapter 11 of the IRC and IECC Chapter 4. Many incandescent bulbs are being phased out over the next few years. The 2009 IRC and IECC requires that 50 % of permanent lamps (lighting or light bulbs) be high efficacy (think CFL). The new Energy StarTM program requires 80% CFL for new construction. A short module will be presented on selection of appropriate high efficacy lighting for the residence. A presentation on the future of energy codes and above code standards will provide attendees with an opportunity to discuss new approaches to construction that support code building practice. Residential Topics Include: The Value of Energy Codes, Basic Building Science and Code Buildings, Code Scope and Application, The Building Envelope, Mechanical System Requirements, Understanding High Efficacy Lighting, REScheck Overview, The Future of Codes and Standards.
This course is being sponsored by the Nevada State Office of Energy utilizing funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, with support from NV Energy, The University of Nevada, Reno’s Business Environmental Program, the Builders Association of Northern Nevada and the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association.
This course has been approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6 LU/HSW/SD units.