Building Energy Code Workshops

During October, November and December 2021, Efficiency Maine is offering seven (7) free workshops on code provisions and best practices for compliance with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). As of July 1, 2021, the IECC 2015 is the baseline energy code, and mandatory for all new construction in Maine. Each workshop, facilitated by the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council, will be presented three (3) times via the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council online Zoom training portal. Workshop materials will be made available to attendees. 

Who Should Attend:

The workshops are open to all building professionals involved in design, equipment specifications, construction, and municipal code enforcement, including but not limited to, code enforcement officials, builders/contractors, architects, engineers, and related building trade professionals (construction supervisors, product suppliers, energy professionals, third-party inspectors, HVAC installers, home inspectors, and real estate professionals). 

Workshop Summaries and Registration

Residential Track

ASHRAE 62.2-2016: Residential Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality

Description: This workshop provides the necessary details of sizing local and dwelling-unit ventilation for new dwellings based on ASHRAE 62.2-2016, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Residential Buildings. The significant requirements of the 62.2 standard will be addressed and compliance options will be discussed, both for single-family detached dwellings and dwellings in multifamily buildings. Examples are explained using the free 62.2-2016 web application by Residential Energy Dynamics (RED). An overview of ventilation equipment and control options will be included.

Session Length: 120 minutes

Learning objectives: After attending this course, participants will…
1. Understand the significant details of the ASHRAE 62.2-2016 standard
2. Be able to size local and dwelling-unit mechanical ventilation for residential buildings
3. Know how to verify ventilation systems for compliance with ASHRAE 62.2-2016
4. Have basic knowledge of mechanical ventilation options and controls

About the Presenter: Rick Karg, Residential Energy Dynamics, Bethel, ME

Mr. Karg is the owner of R.J. Karg Associates and the president of Residential Energy Dynamics (RED), a software firm that offers online software for performing building science calculations. Rick has had extensive experience in Maine writing building codes and construction manuals, and has served on the MUBEC Board for more than six years. Rick is a member of the ASHRAE 62.2 technical committee, and has presented training in Maine and across the U.S. on residential ventilation, ASHRAE 62.2, and related energy issues.

Date & Time Options:

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November 5, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
November 18, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
December 1, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

 

 

Combustion Appliance Testing (CAZ Testing) IECC-2015, Appendix RA

Description: This workshop provides the steps for the IECC-2015 informational procedure (Appendix RA) for residential Combustion Appliance Zone (CAZ) safety testing. Methods used from identifying combustion appliances requiring testing and where to test each appliance are addressed using the examination of photographs. The detailed test procedure of Appendix RA is explained in a step-by-step manner, identifying the step sequence and the test equipment needed, if any, for each step. Based upon testing results, procedures for combustion appliance compliance or failure are discussed, along with necessary mitigation options.

Learning objectives: After attending this course, participants will
1. Know how to identify vented combustion appliances
2. Understand the procedure for testing for combustion appliance venting safety, according to the IECC-2015, Appendix RA
3. Be aware of the test equipment needed for combustion appliance safety testing procedures
4. Know when and how to mitigate combustion appliance venting hazards

Length of Session: 120 minutes including Q & A

About the Presenter: Rick Karg, Residential Energy Dynamics, Bethel, ME

Mr. Karg is the owner of R.J. Karg Associates and the president of Residential Energy Dynamics (RED), a software firm that offers online software for performing building science calculations. Rick has had extensive experience in Maine writing building codes and construction manuals, and has served on the MUBEC Board for more than six years. Rick is a member of the ASHRAE 62.2 technical committee, and has presented training in Maine and across the U.S. on residential ventilation, ASHRAE 62.2, and related energy issues.

Date & Time Options:

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November 19, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
December 2, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
December 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

 

 

Using REScheck for IECC-2015 Compliance

Description: This workshop provides the necessary details of the use of the free REScheck software (computer or web-based) for determining compliance with IECC-2015. An introduction to the IECC-2015 includes the three residential compliance approaches of prescriptive, building UA (component) tradeoff, and energy analysis (performance alternative). Using REScheck, the UA trade-off method is explained in detail with an example, leading to compliance. The energy analysis method is also discussed using the same example. Creating inspection checklists and compliance certificates are addressed. The ancillary software, AreaCalc, is demonstrated as a tool for the completion of REScheck.

Length of Session: 120 minutes including Q & A

Learning objectives: After attending this course, participants will
1. Know the differences among the three compliance paths of the IECC-2015, including prescriptive, component tradeoff, and performance
2. Understand how REScheck functions and calculates building envelope compliance with the IECC-2015
3. Be able to identify and correctly enter construction specifications required by the REScheck software
4. Understand how to create inspection checklists and compliance reports/certificates with the REScheck software

About the Presenter: Rick Karg, Residential Energy Dynamics, Bethel, ME

Mr. Karg is the owner of R.J. Karg Associates and the president of Residential Energy Dynamics (RED), a software firm that offers online software for performing building science calculations. Rick has had extensive experience in Maine writing building codes and construction manuals, and has served on the MUBEC Board for more than six years. Rick is a member of the ASHRAE 62.2 technical committee, and has presented training in Maine and across the U.S. on residential ventilation, ASHRAE 62.2, and related energy issues.

Date & Time Options:
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November 10, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
November 17, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
November 30, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

 

The Residential Thermal Envelope – Strategies to Meet the IECC

Description: This workshop deals with the new, more stringent standards of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code as it relates to the thermal envelope of residential construction. For the purposes of this workshop, the thermal envelope is defined as the boundary between conditioned interior space and the outside environment. It comprises the foundation/basement, the exterior walls, exterior doors and windows, and the roof. Particular attention is paid to the management of conductive heat flow out of and into the conditioned space, as well as the management of convective heat flow through proper air sealing. Methods and materials that comply with the 2015 IECC are highlighted, as well as alternative pathways that can be used to meet the code’s requirements. The session includes a brief discussion of how a thermal envelope built in accordance with the 2015 IECC improves both energy efficiency and indoor air quality in new home construction.

Learning objectives: At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to
1. List and describe the basic components of the Foundation, the exterior walls, and the roof as they relate to the thermal envelope and provide at least two methods of construction for each that comply with the 2015 IECC
2. Calculate dew points at each design interface within a wall or ceiling structure, given the temperature difference across the structure, and the relative humidity of the inside space
3. Use simple arithmetic to arrive at conductive heat loss values in a sample wall or roof
4. Explain the techniques used in blower door testing, and give examples of likely areas of leakage in the thermal envelope and how to fix them.

Length of Session: 120 minutes, including Q & A

About the Presenter: David Johnston, David Johnston & Co, Gorham, ME
David Johnston has been involved in the residential construction industry since 1976, and has constructed over 100 high-performance, healthy homes. David has been teaching construction practices since 2012, serving as a co-trainer of the MIAQC Residential Construction Training Series, as well as an adjunct instructor for building trades in Maine’s Community College System.

Date & Time Options:

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November 9, 3:00-5:00 p.m. 
November 16, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
November 29, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

 

 

Commercial Track

ASHRAE Std. 62.1-2016, The standard of care for indoor air quality design and management in commercial buildings

The ASHRAE Standard 62.1 has been the acknowledged standard for “best practice” for decades and adopted by many building codes and standards as a statutory requirement for building code compliance for indoor air quality. Usage and compliance are generally limited due to lack of understanding and enforcement. A virtual training program about the standard is available from Efficiency Maine at https://www.efficiencymaine.com/building-energy-codes/.

Description: This workshop was developed and is offered to promote the understanding, use and compliance in new construction, renovations and maintenance of indoor environments that are occupied. The presentation will cover a diverse number of topics, including, but not limited to
• Purpose and scope of the standard
• The use and differences in normative and advisory language
• How the standard is intended to be used
• The importance and role of the peer-review and continuous maintenance
• The “nuts and bolts” of using the document
• Practical considerations useful for all indoor environments
• The role and limitations of natural ventilation
• What constitutes “acceptability”
• Resources for system designers, owners and third party service providers
The course will include a useful handout, including highlights of the presentation. There will be ample time for questions and answers, as well as many “real world” examples to illustrate the principles covered in the course.

Session Length: 90 minutes

Learning objectives: After attending this course, participants will understand
1. The differences between the normative and informative sections of the standard
2. he limitations of designing, delivering and providing “acceptability”
3. Compliance paths
4. The value of the document contents as a resource guide for providing healthy, productive and cost-effective indoor environments

About the Presenter: Dan Thayer, P.E.

Dan Thayer is a licensed professional engineer and holds a variety of other professional designations. Growing up in Maine, he worked with his father in the refrigeration and HVAC business. In 1981, they started Thayer Corporation. As a market leader in designing, building and serving HVAC, refrigeration and automated control systems they have grown to a team of over 60 with offices and coverage from Fort Kent to Kittery. They have also performed high-profile projects across the U.S. and Canada, such as oil drill rigs in the gulf of Mexico and specialty projects in NYC and Chicago. Thayer has been recognized for many trade-related awards, most significantly as the U.S. commercial contractor of the year. Dan was also personally recognized for several prestigious industry awards and has two U.S. patents for his designs.

He has participated in many industry organizations dedicated to the development and promulgation of technical standards for quality control, indoor air quality, and energy efficiency. He has delivered many various training sessions to industry professionals and other interested parties.

Date & Time Options:

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October 28, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
November 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m. 
December 16, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

 

COMCheck for Compliance with the Maine Commercial Energy Code

COMcheck is a free software product that helps architects, engineers, builders, designers, and contractors determine whether a new commercial building or renovation project meets the requirements of the International Energy Code and ASHRAE 90.1.

Description: This workshop will provide an overview of the use of the COMcheck program to determine if a planned building project meets the commercial provisions of the 2015 IECC for climate zones 6 and 7, including building thermal envelope, mechanical systems, lighting, alternative compliance paths, existing buildings, additional efficiency package options, and new requirements for system commissioning. Key focus areas will include how to start a new project in COMcheck, information required from project documents to complete the forms within COMcheck, and how to generate a report of compliance.

Session Length: 90 minutes including Q & A

Learning objectives: After attending this course, participants will be able to…
1. Open a new project in COMcheck
2. Understand what information is required to determine compliance
3. Begin to understand where to find the required information in the project documents
4. Generate a compliance report for submission to code officials

About the Presenter: Steve Caulfield, P.E., CIH, President, Turner Building Science & Design, Harrison, ME

Steve Caulfield has over 30 years of experience in industrial hygiene and mechanical engineering. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, as well as a professional engineer, licensed in Maine and several other states. Steve has extensive experience in mechanical system design, evaluation, and commissioning. He is also an expert in building envelope construction and commissioning. Steve’s experience as a trainer includes a decade of training for the Building Operator Certification (BOC) program, specializing in HVAC systems and Indoor Air Quality. He has also conducted training in Commercial Energy Audits for Public Service New Hampshire and a pilot on site operator energy efficiency training for Eversource. Steve has given presentations on HVAC and indoor air quality nationwide and internationally.

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October 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
November 4, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
December 15, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

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Thermal Envelope Compliance with the Maine Commercial Building/Energy Code

The 2015 International Energy Code for thermal envelope construction contains required information for compliance with Maine’s Commercial Building Code. The IECC contains provisions for floors, walls, roofs, as well as outlines penetration requirements.

Description: This program will provide an overview of the provisions of the 2015 IECC for building envelopes. We will cover everything from the foundation to the roof. The course will cover insulation requirements (cavity and continuous), as well as air sealing requirements and will include information on glass ratings for compliance with the code. The presenter will provide insight into successful strategies to achieve the air sealing components of the code.

Session Length: 60 minutes, including Q & A

Learning objectives: After attending this course, participants will be able to
1. Identify the insulation values required by the code
2. Understand the requirements for air sealing and building air tightness
3. Understand the difference between cavity insulation and continuous insulation
4. Identify the requirements for fenestration (windows, skylights, storefront, etc.)
5. Achieve the air sealing requirements of the code.

About the Presenter: Steve Caulfield, P.E., CIH, President, Turner Building Science & Design, Harrison, ME

Steve Caulfield has over 30 years of experience in industrial hygiene and mechanical engineering. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, as well as a professional engineer, licensed in Maine and several other states. Steve has extensive experience in mechanical system design, evaluation, and commissioning. He is also an expert in building envelope construction and commissioning. Steve’s experience as a trainer includes a decade of training for the Building Operator Certification (BOC) program, specializing in HVAC systems and Indoor Air Quality. He has also conducted training in Commercial Energy Audits for Public Service New Hampshire and a pilot on site operator energy efficiency training for Eversource. Steve has given presentations on HVAC and indoor air quality nationwide and internationally.

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October 26, 7:30-9:30 a.m. 
November 3, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
December 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

 

 

Workshop Schedule at a Glance

 

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Residential Track Commercial Track
ASHRAE 62.2-2016
November 5 — 3:00-5:00 p.m.
November 18 — 7:30-9:30 a.m.
December 1 — 6:00-8:00 p.m.
ASHRAE 62.1-2016
October 28 — 7:30-9:30 a.m.
November 2 — 6:00-8:00 p.m.
December 16 — 3:00-5:00 p.m.
CAZ Testing
November 19 — 7:30-9:30 a.m.
December 2 — 3:00-5:00 p.m.
December 13 — 6:00-8:00 p.m.
ComCheck
October 27 — 6:00-8:00 p.m.
November 4 — 7:30-9:30 a.m.
December 15 — 3:00-5:00 p.m.
ResCheck
November 10 — 7:30-9:30 a.m.
November 17 — 6:00-8:00 p.m.
November 30 — 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Commercial Thermal Envelope
October 26 — 7:30-9:30 a.m.
November 3 — 3:00-5:00 p.m.
December 14 — 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Residential Thermal Envelope
November 9 — 3:00-5:00 p.m.
November 16 — 7:30-9:30 a.m.
November 29 — 6:00-8:00 p.m.