Building code requirements for new homes are constantly evolving, and as of late, Maryland Energy Code requires all new homes in Maryland to adhere to specific guidelines that ensure better energy efficiency and indoor comfort. If you’re building a new home in Maryland, it’s important to make sure your new home will be Maryland Energy Code compliant. York Home Performance is here to help.
Maryland Energy Code: What You Need to Know
When it comes to new home construction, Maryland enforces the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). This code impacts many parts of your home which contribute to overall home efficiency, including lighting, windows and doors, insulation, air sealing, and heating and cooling equipment.
In order for your new home to be considered “code compliant,” it must demonstrate a minimum level of efficiency in various areas, including airtightness.
Blower Door Testing for Measuring Airtightness
Airtightness is measured through something called a blower door test. During a blower door test, a home performance expert installs a very powerful fan in an exterior door frame. This fan then blows inside air outside, lowering the air pressure inside the home. The lower indoor pressure causes outside air to seep in through any and all air leaks in the home’s exterior. This gives your home performance expert the opportunity to measure your home’s overall air leakage and pinpoint exactly where these air leaks in your home’s exterior are.
Trust York with Your Blower Door Testing Needs
As part the Maryland Energy Code, all newly constructed homes must pass an air leakage and blower door test. Fortunately, York Home Performance provides certified third-party blower door testing and consulting services to help you ensure your new build is code compliant.
We’re different from your typical third-party home energy auditor. As true home performance specialists, we can assess your home and then recommend effective solutions like air sealing and insulation that will dramatically improve its overall efficiency and comfort. So whether you’re building a new home in Bel Air, Parkton, or elsewhere in Harford County, MD, we’re here to help you ensure your new home is code compliant and as comfortable and efficient as possible.