written by Shawn Ouradnik, Fargo Inspections Director
Greetings from the city of Fargo!
Recently we adopted the 2021 ICC codes. With that adoption came some changes, most notably to the energy code. In the new version of the code, we have decided to do blower door tests on a random basis.
We ask that those selected follow their current practices, so we get a clear picture of how homes are being constructed in Fargo. When those that are selected schedule the test, they are to inform our office of the date and time of the test so we can be onsite to witness it and see where we may have deficiencies.
Additionally, we have adopted appendix AF in the 2021 IRC. Appendix AF outlines the passive radon mitigation system that is now required. This system will basically follow the same procedure as the Radon mitigation practices that are currently being used in Moorhead. Basement R values have also seen a change. They have been increased from an R-13 to R-15.
As always, we are striving to make our homes in Fargo better while trying to balance the cost-effectiveness of the codes being implemented.
If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office at (701) 241-1561, or speak to an inspector on-site. I hope this is a great year for everyone!