Includes 2 Practice Exams, 50 Questions Each
Have you ever desired to become a Certified Residential Energy Inspector / Plans Examiner?
Well your first step is to know a little bit about the exam itself and what areas you should be studying for.
The ICC Residential Energy Inspector / Plans Examiner Certification Exam administered by the International Code Council (ICC) tests an individuals knowledge of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
As a Certified Residential Energy Inspector / Plans Examiner you will be responsible for performing plans examination, and inspection of energy conservation materials and construction methods and practices as it pertains to residential structure as defined in the IECC.
Residential Energy Inspector / Plans Examiner – Exam Specifications
The exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. You have a time limit of 2 hours to complete the exam and it is open book meaning you can only use the code book referenced by ICC. For this exam it is the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
The code edition of the reference used should reflect the code edition of the exam you are taking. For example if you plan to take the 2015 version of the exam, you should use the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code. No work experience is required to take the exam and you must be at least 18 years of age.
The International Code Council (ICC) allows you to take the exam via CBT (Computer-Based Training) or through PRONTO (depending on what exam edition you take). If you take the 2015 version of the exam, you have both options available to you. If you take the 2018 version of the exam, you are only allowed to use the PRONTO system.
PRONTO is a new way of taking your testing exam from the comfort of your home or office. PRONTO stands for Proctored Remote Online Testing Option. For more information about the PRONTO online testing option, click here.
So what does the ICC Residential Energy Inspector / Plans Examiner exam cover?
The following exam content outline can act as a study guide to help you study for the exam and to gain an understanding of what the exam will cover. This exam covers 4 main areas:
|General Plans and Inspection||28%|
Determine if the building, addition or alteration is required to comply with the provisions of the energy code.
|Adequacy Of Construction Documents|
Determine that the content of the construction documents and all supporting data necessary to verify compliance with the energy code are available. Verify that field inspection requirements necessary to determine compliance with the energy code are specified on the construction documents.
Verify the design conditions specified for the building are correct.
|Building Thermal Envelope Compliance Documentation|
Where building thermal envelope compliance method is utilized, verify compliance of the submittal.
|Total UA Alternative Compliance Documentation|
Where total UA alternative compliance method is utilized, verify compliance of the submittal with regard to standard design data and proposed design data.
|Simulated Performance Alternative Compliance Documentation|
Where a simulated performance alternative compliance method is utilized to estimate total energy use, verify compliance of the submittal with regard to standard design data, proposed design data, and proposed equipment.
|Systems Compliance Documentation|
Determine compliance of the HVAC systems, controls, duct, piping, and service hot water systems as specified on the construction documents with code provisions.
|General Inspection Tasks|
Verify that required materials and equipment are installed on-site as specified on the construction documents, manufacturer’s installation instructions and as required by code.
|Alterations, Additions, and Change of Use or Occupancy||16%|
Verify that alterations, renovations, repairs, window replacements, or additions made to conditioned space comply with provisions of the code for new buildings.
|Change of Occupancy|
Determine if the occupancy of the structure has changed so as to require energy code compliance.
|General Envelope Requirements|
Determine whether spaces are conditioned or unconditioned.
Verify that construction documents contain the minimum R-values for roof/ceiling, floor, and wall assembly and insulation placement as specified on the construction documents and as required by code. Verify that the building envelope and its components, including doors, windows, and skylights, meet minimum requirements for materials and installation as specified on construction documents and as required by code.
|Glazing and Doors|
Verify that the U-factors for windows, doors and skylights are as specified. Verify solar heat gain coefficients (SHGC) and allowable air infiltration rates for windows and doors as required by code. Verify that manufactured windows, doors and skylights are installed in accordance with code and meet minimum/maximum performance requirements as specified on the approved construction documents and as required by code. Verify surface areas where area weighted calculations are used to demonstrate compliance.
|Air Leakage and Moisture Control|
Verify that air leakage and moisture control methods are provided and building envelope penetrations, including site-constructed windows, doors, and skylights, are caulked, sealed and weatherstripped by materials and methods as specified on construction documents and as required by code.
|Duct and Piping Systems|
Verify that thermostatic controls are provided for each heating and cooling system. Verify HVAC controls are installed as specified on construction documents and as required by code.
Identify air and hydronic system requirements and prohibitions applicable to complex systems and verify compliance with code. Identify energy recovery requirements applicable to simple and complex systems and verify compliance with code.
Verify type and efficiencies of mechanical equipment and water heating equipment are specified on construction documents. Inspect piping insulation, circulation pumps, and heat trap installations as specified on construction documents and as required by code.
What do you get when you pass the exam?
Bragging rights! Well actually you will receive a pass letter the same day right after your exam. You will have a certification number assigned to you so that if someone were to search for a certified professional within the ICC website, your name will come up! In addition to being a Certified Residential Energy Inspector / Plans Examiner (Yayyy!) you will receive a wall certification that looks like this…
Need Practice? Why not try our Residential Energy Inspector / Plans Examiner Practice Exam?
Want to test your knowledge of how well you know the code? Or maybe just get a feel for the exam?
Try out our Practice Exam for the Residential Energy Inspector / Plans Examiner Certification Exam!
This practice exam is designed for those who are looking to take the 2015 or 2018 version of the ICC Residential Energy Inspector / Plans Examiner Certification Exam through the International Code Council (ICC). These practice exams are intended to help you prepare for the actual exam by helping you navigate through the code book to familiarize yourself with the specific code sections. They will test your knowledge on the exam content areas covered to improve your chances of passing the certification exam.
This is a great way to prepare yourself for the actual exam administered by ICC. Every building code professional knows that the key to passing the ICC exams is to do practice problems. Don’t just take the exam purely on experience alone. Let this resource get you focused on realistic problems built around the exam content being covered.
(Includes 2 Practice Exams, 50 Questions Each)
Happy Test Taking!