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An Airtight Approach to Energy Efficiency

On Behalf of | Feb 5, 2020 | Real Estate Construction |

Soon, blower doors testing will be coming to a Mile High City building near you. All new construction and major renovations in Colorado will undergo these examinations to ensure that the structures are energy efficient and airtight.

Uncovering a Lack of Efficiency

In 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology studied 400 buildings residing in cool climates similar to Denver. A total of 70 were constructed between 2004 and 2014.

The results were alarming, revealing a significant lack of energy efficiency. Seventy-one percent were anything but airtight. Significant leaks resulted in 55 percent more natural gas consumption, and 28 percent were using more electricity.

The Financial and Environment Benefits of Energy Savings

One of the more significant expenses for owners of homes and commercial buildings is energy costs. The new code can potentially increase property cash flow and reduce the cap rate. Improving efficiency can potentially create 4,000 jobs and more than a billion in energy savings over ten years.

The financial perks are only the beginning. Employees in those buildings can work in more comfortable environments with significant noise reduction. Those important factors can increase both staff performance and overall productivity.

A new initiative originally introduced in Fort Collins six years ago that mandated the aforementioned blower door testing is making its way to Denver. An enterprise of this nature can improve the overall quality of life combined with more jobs and a stronger economy.

With building codes continuously changing, legal help from a skilled and experienced attorney can ensure that your project is in compliance with those rules and regulations.