Achieving Above-Code Standards with Propane

Free course offers instruction on better-than-code performance using propane.

Using propane, a builder can lower a home’s HERS index by 9 to 14 points, saving them from making costly design changes to meet the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code. Builders can also use propane appliances to help achieve Energy Star, LEED For Homes, and National Green Building Standard certification.

You can learn how propane can work to your advantage in the Propane Education & Research Council’s free, on-demand course, Propane as a Solution to Meeting Code and Above-Code Programs – Using High Efficiency Propane Systems as a Compliance Strategy.

Prior to 2015, the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) didn’t address mechanical equipment such as furnaces and water heaters. In other words, the efficiency of the mechanical equipment a builder installed in a home did not count toward IECC compliance, whether they used inefficient electric models or incorporated state-of-the art systems like a 95 percent efficient propane furnace or a 97 percent efficient propane tankless water heater.

Today, builders have flexibility like never before. The 2015 IECC includes a new compliance path, called the Energy Rating Index, allowing builders more choices in how to meet the energy code. The ERI path lets builders “trade-off” performance between building elements and mechanical systems. So the builder who includes a propane tankless water heater and high-efficiency furnace can scale back on window efficiency or avoid costly design changes to add thicker insulation.

PERC’s course, Propane as a Solution to Meeting Code and Above-Code Programs – Using High Efficiency Propane Systems as a Compliance Strategy, is available to builders anytime, and free of charge, at PropaneTrainingAcademy.com. Plus, you can earn AIA, USGBC, NARI, and NAHB credits for completing the course. Be sure to explore the Propane Training Academy for other great resources for builders and construction professionals.

Discover how you can use propane to give homeowners the energy efficiency they want, and the comfort and performance they deserve, with high-efficiency propane appliances. You can take PERC’s free course to learn how to meet code and above-code energy efficiency standards using propane.

Visit PropaneTrainingAcademy.com today.