Medicine and healthcare are often used to make analogies to home performance at E3 INNOVATE because of the similarities between achieving optimal health and an energy efficient healthy home. We can't rely on Band-Aids and blister packs to fix our health; nor can we rely on shiny pieces of equipment to fix our homes.
Americans have grown dependent on medicine to relieve their nagging symptoms when many health professionals keep driving home the valid point that diet and lifestyle changes need to be the first step in regaining health.
In last month's blog, we discussed ventilation and the three methods for bringing fresh air into the home. You can read that blog HERE. At the end of the article, a comment was made about the recent ventilation code updates in Nashville-Davidson County, which stated: new homes are now required for the first time to be equipped with either a supply-only or a balanced mechanical ventilation system.
That statement needs to be corrected and clarified.
January is Radon Awareness Month. Although radon is probably the most popular indoor air contaminant, there are others we should be aware of. Particulates from mold, dust, dander, and pollen as well as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and combustion gasses are often found inside our homes. Exposure to indoor air contaminants is inevitable, but proper ventilation can help reduce our exposure and help homeowners in Nashville, TN create healthier homes.
Changes to the Residential Energy Code in Davidson County Tennessee
Davidson County recently adopted the 2018 residential building codes, without amendments. What does this mean for new construction projects in and around Nashville? Below is a summary of the major changes and important components that will require special attention.
What changed regarding building envelope and mechanical systems?
Better Building Codes Means Healthier Homes for Nashvillians!
We are excited to share breaking news! Just a few weeks ago, a very important bill made its way through Metro Council. Mayor Cooper signed an ordinance that updates the county's residential building code from 2012 standards to 2018 standards, a big move for sustainability, energy efficiency, and healthier homes!
States and municipalities across the US have implemented a number of strategies to increase the performance of the residential market. After all, this sector of the economy accounts for about $32Trillion, more than the commercial real estate market, according to Housing Wire. Enforcement of building codes is one way to do this, RECOs are another.
E3 was recently featured in Home Energy Magazine! The latest article was a follow up to one published in the winter of 2018. Both articles describe a complicated radon issue in a large home in Nashville, TN.
The first article, "Solving the Unintended Consequences of a Home Performance Renovation," describes the initial concerns the homeowners were facing with radon and odors. At the end of this cliff hanger, we were able to reduce radon levels from 15 to 4.1 pCi/L.
Anita moved to Nashville from California in 2018. She was looking to start a new life in a new place. A new job, a new house, and even a new relationship welcomed her to Music City. Anita invested in an up-and-coming neighborhood in Madison and purchased a home that had already gone through interior remodeling. New paint, flooring, windows, and even a remodeled kitchen had been installed before she purchased the home, which gave it definite curb appeal.