Session Details



October 19, 2023

Start Time

03:45 PM

End Time

04:45 PM

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How to Complete an Accurate COMcheck Building Envelope Compliance Report: A Live Demo
How to Complete an Accurate COMcheck Building Envelope Compliance Report: A Live Demo

COMcheck™ is the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s commercial energy compliance tool that helps architects, builders, designers, and contractors determine whether new commercial or high-rise residential buildings, additions, and alterations meet the requirements of the IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1, as well as several state-specific codes.

Many states require a COMcheck report for new construction, additions, and alterations before a building permit is even issued. Furthermore, a building envelope and all fenestrations must be constructed to exactly what’s specified in the COMcheck report, as there may be a final inspection after the building is complete. If there are discrepancies between the report and what has been installed, contractors may be required to fully redo the install. Thus, it is crucial for contractors, architects, and anyone else involved in the design of metal buildings to feel comfortable in navigating COMcheck and producing an accurate report.

In this live demonstration, Bill “The Code Man” Beals will illustrate how to generate an accurate COMcheck compliance report, with specific emphasis on the building envelope. Bill will also deconstruct important COMcheck terminology, review key pain points faced by architects and builders, and, ultimately, help attendees become confident in producing an accurate COMcheck building envelope compliance report.

Learning Objectives:

  • Grasp the history of the commercial energy code landscape, including the major governing councils that mandate today’s codes
  • Understand the metal building envelope requirements in the most recent IECC and ASHRAE code cycles
  • Differentiate between the performance method and the prescriptive method
  • Learn key terminology utilized throughout COMcheck and general energy code compliance
  • Successfully complete an accurate COMcheck building envelope compliance report

This session is FREE to attend and will be located in the Sustainability Learning Center in the Exhibit Hall. Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and space is limited.

Earn Continuing Education Credit:
Approved for 1.0 AIA Health, Safety and Welfare Learning Unit

Speaker: William “Bill” Beals

District Manager, Therm-All

Bill Beals, District Manager of Therm-All (, is a 38-year veteran of the metal building industry and a contributing member of several committees, including the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) Energy Committee and the National Insulation Association (NIA) Metal Building Laminators Committee. Mr. Beals also belongs to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the International Code Council (ICC), and is often invited to share his extensive energy code knowledge through presentations at industry conferences. Mr. Beals has contributed to many articles and reference guides, and authors the commercial energy codes blog, “The Code Man”. He can be reached at