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3rd Party Testing for Mechanical Permits

3rd Party Testing for Mechanical Permits

Are you building a new home or performing a major home remodel? The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), requires energy code testing for all residential single family construction and major remodels in Texas permitted after January 1, 2012.

Why Choose Austin Auditors?

Austin Auditors has been doing 3rd party testing on behalf of contractors in Austin and surrounding areas for years. Our auditors are certified in three different major certifications for 3rd Party testing, including Air Diagnostics & Balancing from the National Comfort Institute, as well as BPI and Resnet Certifications.

What our Testing Includes

  • Duct Leakage Test
  • Envelope Building Leakage (Blower Door) Testing
  • Room to Room Air Balance Tests
  • Static Pressure Tests
We understand that time is a critical factor in a contractor’s business and try to schedule as quickly as needed so as to keep your project on target. For pricing and scheduling please email us or give us a call at 512-879-3567.

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Manual-J Load Calculations

Manual-J Load Calculations

Air conditioning systems make up the greatest portion of a home’s energy costs; they also greatly impact the comfort and well-being of the home’s occupants. A Manual J is the first step towards having a HVAC system that effectively and economically conditions a home's environment. Austin Auditors' knowledge and experience can help ensure that you get a quality Manual J and your home gets the correct amount of cooling and heating.

The best practice to calculate the heating and cooling load of a home is by completing a Manual-J load calculation.

What We Need to Complete Your Manual-J

In calculating the Manual-J, we assess the building to determine how much air each room will require to provide comfort. The calculations factor in all surfaces of the building envelope, with their areas and insulation levels. We give each wall its proper orientation and input the walls’ building materials, i.e. windows, doors, insulation level, etc. The results of the Manual-J specify the per room BTUH of heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter.

We will need the below information to best complete your Manual-J. You can submit it in our contact form when you place your order or you can email it to us at info@austinauditors.com if ordering by phone.

If you do not have all of the below information, please submit what you have and we can fill the gaps as we move forward.

  • Plans - We prefer PDFs. They will need to be drawn to scale. Simple paper drawings are acceptable, as long as they are to scale or have dimensions noted.
  • Envelope - What materials are your floor, walls, and ceiling/roof made of?
  • Insulation - the attic/roof, walls, and floor insulation levels of the house.
  • Windows - the U-value and SHGC of the windows.
  • Doors - Describe the solid doors to us (example: solid wood, insulated steel).
  • Internal loads - If you know of specific internal loads that are out of the ordinary, let us know what they are and the room in which they will be.
  • Orientation - What direction does the front door face?
  • Infiltration - What is the estimated air-change rate of your project? You can give this to us in ACH50, a target blower door result, or qualitatively (super-tight, kinda-tight, etc.). The more specific you are, the more accurate the result.
  • Ventilation - Do you have an active ventilation system? If so, please describe it to us.
  • Duct location - Give a description of the area in which you plan on installing the ductwork for each system (attic, crawl space, between floors, etc.).
  • Duct leakage - How tight will the ducts be? Will they be pressure tested after installation?

Ordering your Manual-J

To order your Manual-J calculations, simply fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page with the information in the bulleted list above. You can also email us at info@austinauditors.com.

Be sure to include the street address of the home, as well as your contact information, just in case we need to contact you for additional details. We will email you back to confirm receipt of your order and let you know when you can expect to have your resulting calculations back.

For any questions regarding Manual-J calculations, please call us at 512-879-3567.

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Testing for Power Saver Program Rebates

Testing for Power Saver Program Rebates

Through Austin Energy’s PowerSaver Program you can apply for rebates to help reduce the costs of making certain energy efficient upgrades to your home. From small upgrades to large scale energy improvements, the rebate program has savings for you. Austin Auditors can provide you with the ECAD energy audit paperwork required in the application process.

Austin Auditors Rebate Paperwork

Interested in installing one of the following using Austin Energy rebates? For many of these Austin Energy rebates there must be an ECAD energy assessment on file for the home before the rebates will be approved.

  • High efficiency lighting installation at multifamily and commercial properties
  • Duct diagnostics and improvement at multifamily properties
  • Custom energy saving technology installation
  • Solar shading installation at commercial properties
Austin Auditors can get the required testing scheduled for you as soon as you need it. With simple scheduling and quick turnaround on the paperwork, we can take the hassle out of the testing process so you can move on to the next stages of approval for your home improvement project.

For more information email us or give us a call at 512-879-3567.

Scheduling your Testing

Please Email Us or give us a call for more information on pricing and scheduling for rebate testing.

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