Making Fireplaces Work in Tight Homes

Codes Training

Making Fireplaces Work in Tight Homes

Target Audience:

Architects & Building Inspectors


Date and Time:

May 31st, 2023 – 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. MT




Idaho Water Center - Room #150

322 E. Front Street Boise, ID 83702




Parking is available underneath the building or in the adjacent parking garage.

The first hour of parking is free, each subsequent hour is $1.00.




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It can be challenging to manage airflow in a home with a fireplace. If installed improperly, the home can be drafty and exchange too much air when the fireplace is not in use. Or, if ventilation is insufficient, then backdrafts will pull smoke into the room when the fireplace is in use. This presentation will cover how to design an envelope and ventilation strategy for a home with a fireplace while adhering to Idaho’s energy code.


Jerry Peterson

Jerry Peterson is the owner of Home Energy Services LLC specializing in residential energy efficiency. The company provides consultation, building plan optimization reviews, energy modeling, on-site inspections, and a variety of in person and online commercial and residential energy efficiency trainings that are both locally and internationally approved.
He was previously employed with the Idaho Division of Building Safety as the HVAC Program Manager (2010 – 2016) and Energy Program Manager (2010 – 2019). Jerry’s introduction to the Division of Building Safety in August, 2010 came with the directive to define and design a strategic plan for the HVAC and Energy programs to include the management of the 2009 Energy Code and subsequent requirements. His duties also address HVAC and Energy plan reviews, commercial and residential HVAC and Energy inspections. His primary responsibility was to develop and deliver statewide contractor, tradesperson and inspector training, and oversight of various residential energy programs.