Test mechanical systems before occupancy

Make sure heating and cooling systems work as designed before the house is occupied.
Even the best-designed mechanical systems can become sources of serious indoor air quality problems if they are incorrectly installed or maintained. Testing the systems (including duct work) before anyone moves into the house is critical. That's almost always cheaper and better for all involved than dealing with them afterward. Testing should follow the "TAB" approach: test, adjust, balance.

Green Points

LEED for HomesLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Lakesideca Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. : 3 points for minimizing distribution losses in ducts (EA 5).

NGBSNational Lakesideca Standard Based on the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and passed through ANSI. This standard can be applied to both new homes, remodeling projects, and additions. /ICC-700: 3 points for verifying performance of HVAC(Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). Collectively, the mechanical systems that heat, ventilate, and cool a building. equipment (704.5.3).

Learn more in the Lakesideca Encyclopedia:

MECHANICAL SYSTEMS OVERVIEW

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