THIRD PARTY GREEN AND ENERGY CODE inspections PROCESS

Updated 5/5/2017

As of March 15, 2017 project teams and owners have the option of using approved Agencies for energy and green inspections. To use a third party inspection agency (1) select an approved third party agency that has an approved Professional-in-Charge and Inspector for energy and/or green (as applicable), or (2) in the case the primary agency is not approved for green and/or energy review, an additional notice of intent (NOI) must be submitted for the project indicating an approved third party agency. When submitting a NOI to use an approved third party inspection agency for green and/or energy inspections, the agency must also notify the Green Building Division at green.building@dc.gov. We are in the process of streamlining the notification process and will have periodic updates.

Energy Inspections

Inspectors verify that the construction matches approved plans, and that other code elements are being attended to. The Energy Verification Sheet (EVS) includes a list of applicable DC Energy Conservation Code (ECC) elements which were identified during plan review and serve as an inspection checklist at time of Insulation and Final Energy Inspection. The EVS will help the building team and the inspector start off on the same page at each stage. The inspector may also identify code items not addressed in the building plans or EVS. 

The following are mandatory inspections for all projects subject to the (ECC):

  1. Insulation Inspection: at the time of the first Building Insulation Inspection or after Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Rough inspections are complete but prior to installing drywall.

  2. Energy Final Inspection: at the time of Building Final Inspection or after finishes, plumbing fixtures, and light controls are installed.

Green Inspections

The Green and Energy Compliance System(GECS) includes a list of applicable GCC elements which were identified during plan review and serve as an inspection checklist at time of Demolition, Green Rough-in, and Green Final Inspection. While the inspector may identify any unaddressed code requirements, the generated GECS inspection checklist will help both the building team and the inspector start off on the same page at each inspection.

The following are mandatory inspections for all projects(excluding demolition projects) pursuing the DC Green Code pathway of the 2013 DC Green Construction Code (GCC):

  1. Green Rough-In Inspection: at the time of the first Building Insulation Inspection or after Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Rough Inspections are complete but prior to installing drywall.

  2. Green Final Inspection: at the time of Building Final Inspection or after finishes, plumbing fixtures, and light controls are installed.

Demolition projects subject to the DC Green Code pathway of the 2013 DC Green Construction Code (GCC) are only required to conduct a demolition inspection:

  1. Demolition Inspection: at the time of indoor air quality plan implementation but prior to starting construction activities likely to produce dust or odors.

Documentation Submittal

Supporting documentation shall be required of some ECC projects and all GCC projects. This includes but is not limited to: product submittals, manufacturers’ literature, and testing results. Depending on project scope & size, the following ECC and GCC items may be required:

ECC

  • Building Envelope Air Leakage Test Result
  • Duct Leakage Test Result

GCC

  • Indoor Air Quality Plan
  • Construction Waste Management Summary and Tickets
  • Commissioning Report
  • Material Selection Calculation

The Construction Waste Management Summary may be completed on the GECS or emailed directly to green.building@dc.gov. All other documents should be submitted to green.building@dc.gov along with the associated permit number and address.

DCRA Quality Assurance

DCRA will administer the oversight protocol of the third party agency, professional-in-charge and inspector in accordance with the Manual.  If the project is found to not be in compliance DCRA will:

1.    Send feedback to third party review agency for lessons learned.

2.    Record errors associated with the review and apply disciplinary measures per the Manual.