Looming Code Changes

Near the end of 2017, ASHRAE Journal published an interesting article about building codes development and adoption.

Fast forward, 2018 has already been a noteworthy year for building codes.

More specifically, with the latest release of IECC and other code changes, some have called 2018 the “Year of the Duct.” There are looming code changes for duct system standards you should know. We’ve highlighted a few of them below.

SPC 215: “This standard specifies a method of test to determine leakage airflow and fractional leakage of operating HVAC air distribution systems, and determines the uncertainty of the test results.” 

California Title 24: “The California Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are designed to ensure new and existing buildings achieve energy efficiency and preserve outdoor and indoor environmental quality. These measures (Title 24, Part 6) are listed in the California Code of Regulations. The California Energy Commission is responsible for adopting, implementing and updating building energy efficiency. Local city and county enforcement agencies have the authority to verify compliance with applicable building codes, including energy efficiency.” 

ASHRAE 189.1: “Standard 189.1 provides total building sustainability guidance for designing, building, and operating high-performance green buildings. From site location to energy use to recycling, this standard sets the foundation for green buildings by addressing site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality (IEQ), and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources.”

ASHRAE Handbook: See the following chapters focus on duct design and construction:

  • 02 Fundamentals | 21 Duct Design
  • 02 HVAC Systems and Equipment | 19 Duct Construction

SMACNA HVAC Duct Construction Standards, 4th edition: Read about this code update for duct tightness that went into review last year. Anticipation is building for what’s next.

IECC 2018: With the typical time difference between code development and code adoption being three years, watch for many builders and building code authorities to adopt IECC 2012/2015.

Want to learn more about the changing and growing building codes? We’ve got a couple upcoming free webinars you might like.

First, commercial sheet metal business experts John Hauser and Mike McCarthy from Eastern Metalworks will be discussing their experiences in the sheet metal industry, synergies of duct sealing for sheet metal businesses, and more on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 1:30pm ET (10:30am PT). Learn More at www.aeroseal.com/success-series-webinar-2/

Second, BPI Technical Director John Jones will be sharing insights into cracking the new codes for residential new construction on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 3:00pm ET (12:00pm PT). Learn More at www.aeroseal.com/res/2018-webinar-series/building-codes/

Source: Aeroseal

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