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RULE §6.416Whole House Assessment

(a) Subrecipient must conduct a whole house assessment on all eligible Dwelling Units. Whole house assessments must be used to determine whether the Priority List or an Energy Audit is most appropriate for the unit. Whole house assessments must collect all required Energy Audit information to include all the items described in paragraphs (1) - (15) of this subsection:

  (1) Wall--Condition, type, orientation, and existing R-values;

  (2) Windows--Condition, type material, glazing type, leakiness, and solar screens;

  (3) Doors--Condition, type;

  (4) Attic--Type, condition, existing R-values, and ventilation;

  (5) Foundation--Condition, existing R-values, and floor height above ground level;

  (6) Heating System--For all systems: unit type, fuel source (primary or secondary), thermostat, and output; for combustion systems only: vented or unvented efficiency, CO-levels, complete fuel gas analysis, gas leaks, and combustion venting;

  (7) Cooling System--Unit type, condition, area cooled, size in BTU rating, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) or Energy Efficiency Rating (EER), manufacture date, and thermostat;

  (8) Duct System--Condition, existing insulation level, evaluation of registers, duct infiltration, return air register size, and condition of plenum joints;

  (9) Water Heater--For all water heaters: condition, fuel type, energy factor, recovery efficiency, input and output ratings, size, existing insulation levels, existing pipe insulation; for combustion water heaters only: carbon monoxide levels, draft test, complete fuel gas analysis;

  (10) Refrigerator--Condition, manufacturer, manufacture date and make, model, and consumption reading (minutes and meter reading); customer refusal must be documented;

  (11) Lighting System--Quantity, watts, and estimated hours used per day;

  (12) Water Savers--Number of showerheads, estimated gallons per minute and estimated minutes used per day;

  (13) Health and Safety--For all units: smoke detectors, wiring, minimum air exchange, moisture problems, lead paint present, asbestos siding present, condition of chimney, plumbing problems, mold; for units with combustion appliances: unvented space heaters, carbon monoxide levels on all combustion appliances, carbon monoxide detectors;

  (14) Air Infiltration--To be determined from Blower Door testing; areas requiring air sealing will be noted; and

  (15) Repairs--Measures needed to preserve or protect installed Weatherization measures may include lumber, shingles, flashing, siding, masonry supplies, minor window repair, gutters, downspouts, paint, stains, sealants, and underpinning.

(b) If using the Energy Audit, all allowable Weatherization measures needed must be entered. Measures will be performed in order of highest SIR to lowest depending on funds available. If using the Priority List, included Weatherization measures must be addressed according to the instructions in the Weatherization Contract, Priority List criteria, and the Department's DOE Priority List policies and procedures (if applicable).

Source Note: The provisions of this §6.416 adopted to be effective December 2, 2021, 46 TexReg 8012; amended to be effective January 1, 2023, 47 TexReg 8529

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