Does your building meet the new energy code?
If you are about to purchase a commercial building and have ordered a property condition report, I recommend requesting a COMcheck to determine its compliance in accordance with the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). While the property inspection will disclose visual deficiencies in the building, a COMcheck is a free software program created by the U.S. Department of Energy that helps determine if the structure meets the requirements of the latest energy code.
It is important to understand the energy efficiency of the building as it aids in determining the factors that influence the overall cost of operations. In addition, most building code departments will require a COMcheck to be provided as part of a building permit application, whether it is new construction, an addition or alteration to an existing building.
COMcheck expands on property condition report
This additional analysis of the energy efficiency of the building takes into consideration a vast array of information regarding the building including:
- Building type and usage
- Lighting – interior and exterior, type of lights and bulbs, quantities
- Building envelope — roof, skylight, exterior wall type, types/size and quantity of windows, exterior door, existence of basement and types of floor(s)
- Mechanical system – type of system(s), water heating and fan systems
The goal of IECC is to address the performance of buildings and identify the need for current and modern designs that create capable building envelopes, maximizing mechanical and lighting systems that stress performance.
The IECC COMcheck software is easy to use, embraces new technology, correlates with the new family of codes and is revised every three years to ensure it is keeping up with new industry standards and technology.
It is important for a property owner and investor to better understand building components that contribute to heat loss, inefficient mechanical systems and high consumption lighting systems. Not only do these components not meet new energy code standards, but more importantly will result in an inefficient building and higher operating costs. The COMcheck will most likely be an additional cost to a standard property condition report, but is worth the investment.
Nationwide Commercial Inspections, LLC provides the most comprehensive commercial building inspection reports in the industry
NCI utilizes their architectural, engineering and construction expertise to create and develop a high-quality PCA. These reports are customized for each type of real estate: office, retail, flex-space, industrial, hospitality and healthcare. If you are interested in protecting your real estate investment by utilizing a property inspection checklist, contact us at 913-667-7774 or visit our website at www.nwc-I.com.Click here for a video about the property condition assessments we provide.
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