Energy Star and Green Built Certification requires a three phase process.
(1) Building Plans Evaluation: A thorough review of the blueprint will determine compliance to meet the criteria for either Certification. The final building components for the building shell and mechanical systems to be used are determined at this point. Heating and air conditioner equipment sizing recommendations will be used as reference to properly size the equipment for the home.
(2) Thermal Bypass Checklist / Pre-Drywall: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has required that a thermal bypass checklist be completed and signed by the Energy Rater and/or Builder. This will validate that the thermal efficient construction of the home is properly done. A pre-drywall site visit will be required for the purpose of grading the insulation and validating completion of all criteria for certification.
(3) Building Performance Test: A final inspection of the building will be completed. This will include a blower door test, duct leakage test, and thermal image scan. The blower door measures the building air infiltration leakage of the building shell. The duct leakage test measures the amount of conditioned air that is leaking to the outside of the building shell. Other insulation areas will be checked with a thermal imaging camera along with the mechanical equipment to meet the criteria used from the plan review.