So you are Planning to move to Sunny Florida , and you are having a New Home Built. You are wondering if you are required to get a Blower Door Test done?
Since July 1st, 2017, any new construction of residential property in Florida must undergo a blower door test to ensure the home is up to the current energy code. This change is part of the Florida Building Code, 6th Edition, and is outlined in Section 402.4.1.2.
In 2017, the 6th edition of the Florida Building Code updated its requirements. Per what was printed in the new building code, from July 1st, 2017 onward, any new residential home that’s built in the state of Florida now requires a blower door test.
What is a Blower Door Test? A Blower Door test determines the airtightness of a home, often a New Construction home. The blower door itself is a type of fan that goes over one of your home’s exterior doors. The fan will suck out air from the house, bringing down the pressure as it does. The changes in air pressure cause the outdoor air to pass through any openings in the home. If yours is an uncalibrated blower door test, then the extent of your test results will be to reveal that your home has leaks. With a calibrated blower door test, the auditor can determine the quality of any prior air sealing as well as just how much air is leaking.
Who can perform a Blower Door Test in Florida?
So, who is qualified to perform a blower door test? According to Florida Building.org, the rules are as follows: “Per the Florida Statutes referenced in Section R402.4.1.2, individuals qualified to provide air leakage testing include energy auditors, energy raters, Class A or B air-conditioning contractors and mechanical contractors, plus approved third parties. For the purposes of this code section, an approved third party is an individual approved by a code official to perform air leakage testing.”
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