Third Party Green and Energy Code Inspections Process
As of March 15, 2017 project teams and owners have the option of using approved agencies for energy and green inspections. It is the third party’s responsibility to adhere to the requirements laid out at the mandatory green building division administered trainings. The following provides an overview of the third party green and energy code inspections process.
Notice of Intent
The agency must notify the Green Building Division of their intent to conduct green inspections on each project. The Notice of Intent (NOI) must be submitted to the DCRA Green Building Division point of contact assigned to your agency. If a point of contact has not been established the NOI must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon review and approval of the NOI the third party agency may begin conducting inspections. We are in the process of streamlining the notification process and will have periodic updates.
Inspection Notification Requirement
In addition to submitting an NOI, third party inspection agencies must notify the Green Building Division of the anticipated time and date for upcoming green and energy inspections. Your point of contact will work with you to identify the simplest way to ensure we are consistently notified of your scheduled green and 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):
- 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.
- Energy Final Inspection: at the time of Building Final Inspection or after finishes, plumbing fixtures, and light controls are installed.
The Green and Energy Compliance System (GECS) includes a list of applicable Green Construction Code (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 GCC compliance pathway of the GCC.
- 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.
- 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:
- Demolition Inspection: at the time of indoor air quality plan implementation but prior to starting construction activities likely to produce dust or odors.
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. The following are among the most commonly collected ECC and GCC documents:
- Building Envelope Air Leakage Test Result
- Duct Leakage Test Result
- 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 along with all other documents to your agency’s green building division point of contact or email@example.com. Please reference the project permit number and address on all communications.
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:
- Send feedback to third party review agency for lessons learned.
- Record errors associated with the review and apply disciplinary measures per the Manual.