The link is the California Energy Commision Home Energy System Rating System regulations. You figure it out@! It's greek to me!
I just paid $5K to replace my broke down furnace with a new high efficiency model. Now the contractor is saying that in order for the inspector to pass the inspection, I need to pay $250 for a HERS test to make sure the old ducts don't leak. I'm confused because I was at home when the inspector inspected the installation and he said it passed. He wanted to sign the permit, but my contactor hadn't not given it to me yet. What do you guys say. Is this on the level? Since the price I paid for the furnace install included the cost for permits, should I be responsible for the cost of this test?
Having the ducts tested initially and making sure they are functioning properly is a good thing...but it's a bit late now. I wish to hell this sort of requirement had been in place for all NEW homes in the past 20 years. Without this builders put in leaky sieves for ductwork and folks wonder why they can't get warm/cool air where it is needed. We could probably heat and cool all the homes in a dozen or more states with the energy wasted by crappy HVAC ductwork. CA is at least headed in the right direction on this.
I don't believe this is a new requirement for Title 24 2008 (that just went into effect)- the intial quote should have included the cost of duct testing (as well as a budgetary estimate of what it might cost to remediate duct leakage, if it was obvious from the get-go that it probably would need it.)