Emmons Construction continues setting the standard in Central Texas for ENERGY STAR Version 3
As the implementation date for the new ENERGY STAR Version 3 approached like a screaming train the general feeling was that if we turn our back to the train coming down the track it will go away.
Well, it hasn’t worked. Its here for most of us, like it or not. Many have decided to take the easy route and drop Energy Star only to find out most of the work is also required for the 2009 IECC compliance: ie programmable thermostats, energy efficient lighting and windows.
Here is how I explain it. When we were under the 2006 code and ENERGY STAR was based on the 2006 energy code it was a small step to get certified.
When 2009 code was adopted ENERGY STAR was required by law to adjust up to the 2009 also. The major changes were the code ones. It added blower door and duct testing requirements just to receive the Certificate of Occupancy from the city. Most cities also took advantage at the beginning with implementation of many past IECC code from previous editions that were never enforced. Some for good reason and some out of a lack of understanding, It means that we may approach a time where the playing field may be level across Central Texas when referencing the standards.
The first great hurdle was achieving the standard for the new Thermal Enclosure Checklist for home starting after April 1, 2011.
Of our builders the most aggressive has been Emmons Construction. Mike and Curtis Emmons made the corporate decision to stay with Energy Star. They have taken the lead in exploring the many alternatives to achieve these new standards. One man in particular needs to be picked out of the crowd and commended for his efforts, Kevin Parker, superintendent with emphasis on super. Many tireless hours and days grilling the inspector for all he has. I for one had to get on the phone to get his answers since they were not in print yet.
I hope he can maintain the pace through the first complete certification.
Update : Dec 2011, Yes he is still hanging in there where many have failed. Version 2.5 of ENERGY STAR is basiclly version 3.0 with a few allowances. Emmons Construction was one of the first to pass these new tougher standards.
Congratulations to Emmons Construction and all the subcontractors involved.