Nothing is driving greater change in the home building industry than energy efficiency, but prior to 2015 the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) didn't address mechanical equipment such as furnaces and water heaters. The 2015 IECC now includes a new compliance path called the Energy Rating Index allowing builders more choices in how to meet the energy code.

In addition, builders can determine how to use propane to their maximum advantage under the ERI pathway by determining their homes’ Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index. The HERS Index predicts the energy performance of a home versus a "typical new home" benchmarked at a score of 100.

This course will take a closer look at how high efficiency propane equipment such as furnaces and water heaters provide flexibility in meeting 2015 IECC standards and help reduce a home’s HERS Index, in addition to helping projects gain points in above-code programs such as LEED and the National Green Building Standard.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand how the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) offers a compliance method using an energy score.
  • Explain the HERS Index for scoring a home’s energy efficiency and how high efficiency propane equipment can improve this score.
  • Describe the cost implications of using high efficiency propane equipment.
  • Identify how high efficiency propane equipment can help projects gain points in LEED for Homes and the National Green Building Standard.