RESNET Adopts New Standard on Performance Testing, Combustion Appliance Testing and Work Scope Development

August 24th, 2011 - Posted by RESNET under Hot News

The RESNET Board of Directors adopted a new chapter on the RESNET national home energy rating standards.  The new chapter sets the requirements for performance testing, combustion appliance testing and work orders.  The new chapter was proposed by the RESNET Technical Committee and underwent the RESNET standards amendment public review and comment process.

The new chapter will improve the accuracy of the testing procedures for building infiltration and duct leakage and provide standardized methods for measuring ventilation airflows which are a requirement under the new version of ENERGY STAR.  The chapter also rolls in the RESNET guidelines for combustion appliance testing and developing work scope for improving the energy performance of existing homes.

The RESNET interim guidelines for combustion appliance testing and work orders underwent the RESNET standards amendment public review and comment process in 2010.  During this review it was announced that it was RESNET’s intention to roll these provisions into the new Chapter 8 after it was adopted.

The new standard will go into effect on January 3, 2012.

RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden commented, “Adoption of this performance testing standard is a major milestone in improving the accuracy of testing and rating a home’s energy performance.  This standard represented over two years of work by the RESNET Technical Committee and the RESNET Performance Testing Task Force that was led by Kelly Parker of Guaranteed Watt Savers.  I especially want to  recognize the leadership of Michael Blasnik, Bruce Harley and Iain Walker of the RESNET Technical Committee.”

To view the new chapter of the RESNET standards, click on RESNET Performance Testing Standard

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