28 Sep '14, 5pm

Minnesota slams door (and insulates it) on drafty homes with new energy code by @ali_pants

Minnesota slams door (and insulates it) on drafty homes with new energy code by @ali_pants

Energy codes impact every area of your home, from the amount of insulation your attic and basement have to the type of windows and light fixtures your builder installs. Last month, Minnesota officially adopted a new residential energy code. Beginning February 14, 2015, new homes will be built to an amended 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), which is roughly 20 percent more energy efficient than Minnesota’s current code. (Minnesota’s commercial energy code, while not yet formally adopted, will go into effect on the same date, and will be approximately 30 percent more energy efficient.) OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS The new residential energy code will include some exciting opportunities for builders and homeowners. One of the most impactful changes: an air tightness requirement for new homes of 3ACH(50). This means that a house with a 20-mile-an-hour wind blowing agai...

Full article: http://fresh-energy.org/2014/09/minnesota-slams-door-and-...

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