PHRC Workshop

PCCA Workshop - RA 301: Residential Energy Academy (2 days)

This two-day program is a comprehensive review of the residential portion of Chapters 1-4 of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code. It includes examples, exercises, and case studies designed to illustrate daily practices performed by a Residential Energy Inspector or Plans Examiner. Material includes a review of how the UCC amends certain provisions of the IRC, especially with regard to residential alterations and exclusions.

Background information on building products and systems used to achieve energy conservation is introduced as well as the basic principles of the “house as a system” approach. Building permit issuance is discussed with an emphasis placed on the most important issues to be addressed and resolved during the review process.

Interactive learning will be implemented through conducting a virtual inspection complete with house plans. Students will evaluate the building plans for content, determine what is lacking, and then, use the plans to conduct a mock onsite building inspection. A checklist of critical issues associated with energy conservation inspections will also be developed.

After attending this program, attendees will be able to:

Topics include:

  • Differences between the IECC and Chapter 11 of the International Residential Code
  • Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Standard
  • Rescheck Compliance Software
  • “House as a system” principles including moisture and vapor drives and thermal transference
  • The relationship between draftstopping, fireblocking, and air sealing

Course Materials

The 2015 International Residential Code (IRC), 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and a standard calculator are required.

Course Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Instruction time


Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

Credit Hours

12 PA L&I Contact Hours

Registration Fee


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The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

219 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2341

Fax: 814-863-7304