This would require us to review a detailed set of plans and specifications for the project. Our software support services are confined to issues related to running the software, not how to design a building to be in compliance so this is not something you should contact us about. However, we do realize the new codes are much tougher so we have compiled some ideas below for you to consider.
- High Performance Attics
- High Performance Walls
- Quality Insulation Installation
- In Cooling Climates, Windows with a lower SHGC.
- In Heating Climates (Zones 1, 3, 5, 16) Windows with a higher SHGC will help matters.
- Windows with a lower U-Factor
- Reductions in your Window and or Skylight area (remember, 20% is the limit)
- Attic Radiant Barriers
- Cool Roofs
- Whole House Fans
- R-8 Duct Insulation
- High Efficiency Furnace (94%+)
- High Efficiency Air Conditioner (15 SEER+)
- High Efficiency Heat Pumps (remember, you must also comply with the emissions score)
- HERS Refrigerant Charge Verification
- HERS Verified Low watt/cfm fans
- HERS Verified High cfm/ton air system designs
- Ducts and Air Handlers in Conditioned Space
- Energy or Heat Recovery Ventilators
- Variable Capacity Heat Pumps
- Tankless Water Heater
- Heat Pump Water Heater (once again, this will help with the emissions score)
- NO Electric Resistance Water Heating
- More efficient Fans and Variable Air Volume Systems (Non-residential)
- Photovoltaic (PV) Solar System
- Solar Thermal Domestic Hot Water System
- Battery Storage Systems
In addition, getting a better idea of what the Standard Building looks like so you will understand the budget would be a good idea. There are a lot of online resources to help you understand the energy code including trainings offered by the utilities.
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