How Washington Builders Can Get Ahead of Codes Instead of Catching Up To ThemKevin Dugan
With Governor Jay Inslee’s recent veto to delay state building and energy codes, Washington state builders are having to address how they’ll meet requirements as of today, instead of July 1st.
From county to county, the impact may be different. But it is significant, with high home demand and historically low interest rates creating the perfect storm. Some builders are scrambling to find the best way to meet these new requirements. Other builders are already ahead of it. Relying on contractors using technology like Aeroseal duct sealing and the AeroBarrier air sealing system makes it simpler to stay ahead of code requirements without disrupting their approach to home construction.
Here are just two examples of how builders and HVAC contractors are staying ahead of this unforeseen code issue.
- Isola Homes Exceeds Code Requirements with AeroBarrier
- Barron Heating & Cooling Ensures Cleaner, Healthier Air with Aeroseal
Cost-Effective Ways to Reach High Efficiency Standards
Both of our technologies can help builders and contractors go from hoping to knowing a home will pass inspection and meet its air sealing and ventilation requirements.
AeroBarrier takes air sealing from an inconsistent, unreliable process and makes it one that can precisely seal to below 1 ACH50 the first time, every time. Making the process consistent and effective is key to making this cost-effective.
Aeroseal ensures ducts are also sealed with precision, regardless of the code requirement. And by sealing ducts from the inside you can apply Aeroseal before or after drywall has been finished.
Many assume increasing a home’s energy efficiency always adds cost. This is not the case. In fact, you can surpass these requirements and unlock benefits making this a cost-effective process.
COVID-19 has increased the value placed on home comfort and the urgency on energy efficiency. 2021 is already filled with news around building and energy codes at the state level. Washington joins a number of states including Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, and Tennessee as states with 3 ACH50 or below requirements.