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Blower Door Testing

Blower Door & Duct Testing for Energy Code Compliance

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The Florida Building Code R402.4.1.2, 5th Edition(2014) Energy 1290 Conservation takes effect July 1, 2017 and requires that each newly construction residential dwelling pass a Blower Door Test performed by an approved 3rd party before the Certificate of Occupancy is issued. RMI Inspections provides Blower Door Testing for Energy Code Compliance for residential homes. RMI Inspections is BPI(Builder Performance Institute) certified for blower door and duct testing and is an approved 3rd party testing company. Services are provided for Independent Home Owners, Licensed HVAC Contractors, General Contractors, Developers, Home-Owners Association, etc.


 

 Blower Door Testing for Building Code Compliance 


Blower Door Testing - IECC-2012 and 2015 Requirement

Starting with the 2012-IECC energy code and continuing in IECC-2015, blower door testing is now a mandatory requirement on all new construction residential homes.

What is a blower door test?

A blower door is a device used to measure the exact air-tightness of a home. In the 2015 and 2012-IECC, a maximum air leakage rate is defined and each home must meet this tightness level verified with a blower door test.

How does it work?

A blower door is a powerful fan that mounts into the frame of an exterior door. The fan pulls air out of the house, lowering the air pressure inside. The higher outside air pressure then flows in through all unsealed cracks and openings these tests determine the air infiltration rate of a building. Blower doors consists of a frame and flexible or hard panels that fit in a doorway, a variable-speed fan, a pressure gauge to measure the pressure differences inside and outside the home, and an airflow manometer and hoses for measuring airflow.

When do you perform a blower door test?

Blower door testing is typically performed at the end of construction, once the house is completely dried in, all penetrations sealed, lighting trim kits installed - basically anything that would be an unwanted leak needs to be sealed. When we do blower door testing, we won't just pass or fail a home - if the home doesn't meet the air leakage requirements, we will help to determine where the key leakage areas are using infra-red (IR) camera technology.

Who can do the testing?

BPI Certified Professionals - RMI Inspections Robert Melendez is that Professional. BPI Certified Professional #5060992 BPI Certified Professional                                                 www.blowerdoorpro.com


Let our BPI certified professional work with you to help you meet the IECC energy code requirements of various municipalities in South Florida. We can assist your team in determining the best options for design and construction of your project. Our energy rating services are performed professionally with a focus on accuracy and responsive support. RMI inspections is your go-to "one-stop-shop" offering Energy Testing Services for Architects, Builders, Contractors, HVAC professional, and homeowners.

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