Little Rock, Arkansas Approves Energy Code Enhancement Ordinance

In March, I wrote about the Little Rock Planning and Development Department’s efforts to require duct testing in new residential buildings. The Department’s goal is to make new residential buildings more efficient by requiring ducts to be tested, approved, and certified.<br />The Energy Code Enhancement Ordinance was recently approved, and, effective...
In March, I wrote about the Little Rock Planning and Development Department’s efforts to require duct testing in new residential buildings. The Department’s goal is to make new residential buildings more efficient by requiring ducts to be tested, approved, and certified.

The Energy Code Enhancement Ordinance was recently approved, and, effective October 3, 2018, all new residential structures permitted on or after that date must comply with the new standards.

ACCA’s state partner, the Arkansas HVACR Association (ARHVACR), worked closely with city officials to ensure the proposal would not burden professional contractors. ARHVACR was concerned that outside parties, who know little about ducts and air flow, would be charged with conducting the testing and certification.

It is great to see that ARHVACR fought for contractors and the right for professional HVAC contractors in the city to set the standards for this new ordinance. The code will allow the ARHVACR Association to create the training and certification programs for the new duct blaster testing requirements. Additionally, the code allows contractors to self-certify that the duct falls within the correct parameters.

Tom Hunt, Executive Director of ARHVACR, said, “We think that this ordinance will really make a difference with regard to the quality of heating and air duct installations as well as reducing energy loss which should result in the reduction of energy costs to the consumer.”

For ACCA members that aren’t also ARHVACR members, I encourage you to be a member. The ARHVACR Association is doing a great job fighting for professional contractors at the state and local level in Arkansas.

Please be sure to call Tom Hunt at 501-487-8655 for questions about new training, certification, and compliance standards for the Energy Code Enhancement Ordinance.

Or call or e-mail me and I’ll work with Tom to address you questions or concerns. My phone is 703-824-8864 and my e-mail is todd.washam@acca.org.
Source: www.acca.org