The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program newsletter (BECP News) encourages the exchange of information among stakeholders in the buildings arena. BECP News targets building professionals, state and local code officials, researchers, contractors, and utilities, as well as national associations and others involved in the design, construction, and commissioning of buildings. The goal of the newsletter is to facilitate the timely development and early adoption of, and compliance with, building energy codes and standards.
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The DOE BECP website and Resource Center have been consolidated, updated, and redesigned to provide clearer paths to information on building energy code and standard development, adoption, compliance, and information about associated regulations. Technical information, publications, and training resources are centrally located in the BECP Resource Center.
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Questions and/or comments regarding the website may be submitted to the BECP website coordinator.
Buy your copies of the 2012 IECC in bulk and save!
Buying copies of the 2012 IECC® for your jurisdiction(s)? Now through April 1, 2013, you can purchase copies of the code in bulk and save as much as $20/copy! The Department of Energy Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) with the International Code Council (ICC) and ASHRAE has negotiated special pricing as follows:
International Energy Conservation Code®
500-999 copies $23.00/copy (43% off)
1,000+ copies $19.50/copy (51% off)
International Energy Conservation Code and Commentary®
500-999 copies $35.00/copy (36% off)
1,000+ copies $30.00/copy (45% off)
International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1 Combo®
500-999 copies $72.00/copy (51% off)
1,000+ copies $65.00/copy (56% off)
Note: prices do not include tax and shipping
Interested in placing an order? Contact ICC Customer Service Manager Mark Gerry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-422-7233 x3325 and mention that you came through DOE for special pricing. But hurry, your order must be received by April 1, 2013, to receive this discount!
Reports on Potential Job Creation Available for Comment
At the request of DOE, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has researched the effect of model energy code adoption within states on job creation in the United States. The analysis found that transforming the U.S. housing stock through the adoption of more energy-efficient building energy codes could create hundreds of jobs in most of the states analyzed. Draft reports have been prepared for four representative states and are now available for viewing and comment. Comments on the drafts will be accepted through January 20, 2013.
COMcheck™ Now Supports 2012 IECC
COMcheck™ 3.9.1 and COMcheck-Web™ have been released with support for the 2012 IECC commercial provisions. IECC editions dated earlier than 2003 are no longer supported by COMcheck and REScheck software tools. The COMcheck product group makes it easy for architects, builders, designers, and contractors to 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. COMcheck also simplifies compliance for building officials, plan checkers, and inspectors by allowing them to quickly determine if a building project meets the code.
Advanced Notice Regarding the Use of DOE's Compliance Software Tools, REScheck™ and COMcheck™
Through DOE BECP, DOE provides tools to assist builders, designers, and enforcement officials in documenting and demonstrating compliance with building energy codes. In the coming months, older versions of the REScheck and COMcheck software tools will no longer be supported. The update will affect states and localities using certain versions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1.
Starting in the winter of 2012, REScheck will support the 2006 IECC (and more recent editions), and COMcheck will support ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004 (and more recent editions). The update will affect users of the 2003 IECC (or 2004 Supplement), ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2001, and all previous editions. States and territories who have updated their energy codes to meet or exceed more recent editions will not be affected by this update to phase out of older software versions.
Future software releases are expected to follow the three-year cycle corresponding to model energy code development and publication. Within one year of publication of a new edition of the IECC or ASHRAE Standard 90.1, BECP intends to release updated versions of REScheck and COMcheck while simultaneously removing the oldest code edition options from the software. For example, within one year after publication of the 2015 IECC, REScheck will support the 2015, 2012, and 2009 editions and discontinue support of the 2006 edition. In summary, REScheck and COMcheck will support the three most recent editions of the IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1.
If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the BECP Online Help Desk.