High Performance Home In-Field Demonstration Event: When Performance Meets Value

On June 14th of 2018, NCBPA and member company Above and Beyond Energy hosted the second workshop in NCBPA’s “When Performance Meets Value” series in Wilmington, NC. This is the second such event for NCBPA in 2018.  Click here to view videos and photos of the March 27th event with member company Performance Point in Charlotte.

About the Event

Architects, builders, contractors and industry pros were invited to learn hands-on how to design, install and verify homes to meet NC’s new 2018 energy code and how all parties involved can benefit from above-code programs.

For this workshop, Mark Jabaley of Above and Beyond Energy led a walkthrough of a pre-drywall home to demonstrate energy efficient and high performance construction techniques including air sealing, insulation installation and HVAC design.  Neil Freidberg and Cody Wilson of Owens Corning and other NCBPA member companies joined in the conversation to share their best practices and learn from others.

After touring the pre-drywall home and having lunch, attendees watched a live blower door test at a completed home in the same community led by Sam Myers of Retrotec.  With an improved understanding of how and why to use a blower door test, attendees participated in a discussion led by NCBPA’s Curt Hurd about upcoming changes to the state’s residential energy code.  Lastly, NCBPA’s Ryan Miller presented on best practices for earning a higher appraisal value and sale price for energy efficient, green and high performance homes.

Watch the highlight video below to see what our attendees experienced at this workshop.  Use this guide to find information that you’re interested in:

  • Start: Introduction and welcome from NCBPA’s Ryan Miller
  • 4:32: Pre-drywall home walkthrough with Mark Jabaley of Above and Beyond Energy and Neil Freidberg of Owens Corning
  • 10:09: Completed home discussion – how do we go from pre-drywall inspections to final testing?
  • 17:01: Blower door demonstration with Sam Myers of Retrotec
  • 22:51: Discussion on pending changes to NC’s residential energy code with NCBPA’s Curt Hurd and Ryan Miller.  Learn about the new Energy Rating Index compliance path and upcoming changes to RESCheck, energy efficiency and performance measures.
  • 37:05: Best practices for obtaining a higher appraisal value and sale price for your high performance home.

Here’s an agenda from this workshop in Wilmington:

  • Introductions and welcome
  • What questions do you want answered today?
  • What high performance home testing do you want to see today?
  • Walkthrough of pre-drywall home (and lunch)
  • Live performance testing of blower door, duct blaster and more
    • Instructors will walk attendees through the home to highlight design and installation decisions that impact energy efficiency, performance and value throughout the construction process.
    • Learn about insulation installation, duct design, air sealing and more.
    • To complete the walk through, instructors will demonstrate performance testing methods including duct leakage testing, insulation inspection, whole-house leakage testing with a blower door and other practices.
  • Update from NCBPA on NC’s new 2018 residential energy code available July 1, 2018
    • Overview of current energy efficiency minimum requirements.
    • Conversation about changes coming with NC’s new code taking effect on 1/1/19.
    • Discussion on best practices for meeting these changes using cost-effective design and install practices.
  • What’s the value of high performance?
    • Conversation about best practices that all parties can follow to ensure that the home they build, sell or value receives an appraisal and sale price comparable to the added performance measures and programs achieved.
  • Key takeaways and group Q&A

Here are some photos from the event:

Model home

Inside the model home

Inside the model home

Model home in the development

Welcome to Whiskey Branch in Wilmington!

Sam Myers of Retrotec performs a blower door demonstration

Neil Freidberg of Owens Corning instructs attendees on construction details

Mark Jabaley of Above and Beyond Energy demonstrates air sealing techniques

Attendees get a hands-on view of air sealing and insulation details in a bonus room

Mark Jabaley of Above and Beyond Energy describes proper air sealing procedures

Contractor demonstrates air sealing

Neil Freidberg of Owens Corning instructs attendees on blocking and air sealing

Neil Freidberg of Owens Corning instructs attendees on blocking and air sealing

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