COMcheck is the U.S. Department of Energy’s commercial energy compliance tool that helps architects and contractors determine whether new commercial or high-rise residential buildings, additions, and alterations meet the requirements of the IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1, as well as several state-specific codes.
Many states require a COMcheck report before a building permit is even issued. Furthermore, the building envelope and all fenestrations must be constructed exactly to what’s specified in the COMcheck report, as there may be a final inspection after the building is complete. If there are discrepancies between the report and what has been installed, contractors may be required to fully redo the install. Thus, it is crucial for contractors, architects, and anyone involved in the design of metal buildings to feel confident navigating COMcheck and producing an accurate compliance report.
Mark Your Calendars
Bill “The Code Man” Beals will host a webinar on COMcheck Thursday, October 26th at 2:15 p.m. ET.
In this step-by-step demonstration, Bill will:
- Review the current commercial energy code landscape
- Illustrate how to generate an accurate COMcheck compliance report, with specific emphasis on the building envelope
- Deconstruct important COMcheck terminology
- Review key pain points faced by builders and architects
This is an AIA-approved course and attendees can earn 1 AIA LU HSW. Certificates of completion will also be available.
When: Thursday, October 26th at 2:15 p.m. ET
Credits: 1.0 AIA LU HSW
Register: Click here to register.
Certificates of completion will be available upon request. We will give instructions for obtaining a certificate during the webinar.
Once you register, you’ll receive a confirmation email with directions for joining the session. Save that email so you have the link handy on the day of the webinar.
Can’t Attend Live?
Register even if you can’t attend the live session. The webinar will be recorded and posted to our Therm-All YouTube channel within a day of the broadcast. This means that you’ll be able to watch the webinar AND obtain credit and/or a certificate of completion, even if you can’t attend the live session. You should still sign up to “attend” the webinar, since this is the only way we can send you the webinar link once it’s published.
- Gain an understanding of the major governing councils that mandate today’s energy codes, such as The International Code Council, whose mission is to develop model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures in the built environment.
- Understand the metal building envelope requirements in the most recent IECC and ASHRAE code cycles.
- Differentiate between the performance method and the prescriptive method.
- Learn key terminology utilized throughout COMcheck and general energy code compliance to ensure a full understanding of the project’s performance requirement, the fulfillment of which directly impacts the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants.
- Successfully complete an accurate COMcheck building envelope compliance report to ensure a healthy building that meets the required IECC Code, ASHRAE Standard, or required state-specific code, all of which directly address energy efficiency on several fronts, including the impact of energy usage on the built environment.
Preparing for the Webinar
While most of us have participated in a webinar by now, it’s still helpful to be fully prepared before the live session begins. Our webinar is hosted through Zoom, and you can find information on joining and participating in a Zoom webinar here.
During our webinar, you’ll be able to see Bill’s screen as he demonstrates each step in creating a COMcheck compliance report, and you’ll be able to hear him speak. You will also be able to ask questions like you would during an in-person presentation.
The current commercial energy code landscape is complex, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Whether you’re a builder, architect, specifier or sales manager – there will be something in this COMcheck demo for everyone in the metal building industry.
If you have any questions about the webinar, send an email to email@example.com. Otherwise, I hope to “see” you October 26th at 2:15 p.m. ET.
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