Building Energy Codes News

News Category: States and Territories

Upstream Utility Incentive Programs: Experience and Lessons Learned
Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

May 2014 - Upstream incentive programs, which work through manufacturers and distributors, have the potential to dramatically increase the market penetration of efficient technologies, at a significantly reduced unit cost, compared to downstream incentive programs which directly engage the consumer. This paper reviews the experience of investor-owned electric utilities with upstream incentive programs across the U.S. and provides some conclusions and program design recommendations.

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Source: Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
SEEA Energy Pro3 Report Finds Job Creation from Energy Efficiency Investments Outperforms Investments in Construction, Manufacturing and Renewables
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014

Atlanta, Georgia (June 30, 2014) – The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) is pleased to announce job creation impacts of its three-year, 13-city, Department of Energy (DOE)-funded energy efficiency retrofit consortium program.

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Source: Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
Predictions Made for High Performance Building
Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lexington, MA July 2, 2014 – Just hours before the end of the 2014 legislative session, Delaware lawmakers on Tuesday morning passed landmark legislation that will bring the state into parity with other states in the region by allowing its electric and gas utilities to provide energy efficiency programs to their customers and provide a major boost to the state’s efforts to reach its goals under a 2009-mandated Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS).

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Source: Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
MEEA Minute Monthly Newsletter - December 2013
Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013

Articles of interest in this newsletter edition include: a) MEEA Policy Webinar Recap: ACEEE 2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard-A Midwest Perspective, which included presentations highlighting utility energy efficiency programs, and building code adoption and compliance initiatives throughout several Midwest states; b) Event Recap: Better Buildings Better Business Conference, where Isaac Elnecave, Senior Policy Manager at MEEA, spoke about building energy codes in the Midwest, including the vision for energy code compliance improvement that will help achieve net zero energy buildings in the future.

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Source: Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Updating Building Energy Codes: How Much Can Your State Save?
Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

How much in energy and cost savings would your state realize if it updated its commercial building energy codes? You can find out in a new on-line publication from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The state-by-state reports were the product of a new building energy efficiency analysis tool developed by NIST.

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Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology
2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard Released
Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Energy efficiency measures are thriving in state capitals around the United States, with several states -- including Mississippi, Connecticut, Illinois, and West Virginia -- taking major steps that moved them up the ranks in the seventh annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by ACEEE. The leading states in building energy codes and compliance are California, Washington, and Rhode Island. During the past year, seven states adopted the latest iteration of building energy codes.

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Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
AZ Legislature Preserves Local Control of Building Energy Efficiency Codes
Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013

The 2013 Arizona legislature concluded on Friday, June 14, 2013 and preserved the ability of Arizona municipalities and their elected officials to make housing more affordable and to deliver cost-savings for constituents through the adoption of better building energy codes.

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Source: Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
Energy Code Improvements Adopted in Utah
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

This March, the Utah Legislature adopted the first meaningful update to Utah’s home energy standards in seven years, cutting energy waste in new homes. House Bill 202, sponsored by Representative Brad Wilson, adopts the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) on a statewide basis, including the complete commercial energy code provisions and a modified version of the residential provisions of the 2012 IECC.

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Source: Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
Mississippi Invests in Future Growth With Adoption of Best-in-Class Energy Efficiency Legislation
Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013

Mississippi has made energy efficiency a state-level priority and a tool for promoting economic competitiveness and job growth. In April, the Mississippi State Legislature also made headway in this area, adopting landmark legislation thatstrengthens the state's investment in energy efficiency infrastructure. They include updating Mississippi's commercial building code to ASHRAE 90.1-2010, and more.

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Source: Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
Washington State Home Builders Lead the Nation in Energy Code Compliance
Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Washington State Department of Commerce and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), representing an alliance of Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations, today announced a study of residential energy code compliance that shows Washington State is highest in the nation. In 2009, Washington State adopted one of the most rigorous residential building energy codes in the country. To determine whether Washington home builders met this challenge, NEEA commissioned a compliance study, which included 69 homes in 17 counties. Using two different methodologies, the study found compliance rates were 97 percent and 96 percent, respectively.

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Source: Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Leveraging Building Energy Codes to Maximize Energy Savings
Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013

New study provides guidance to states exploring options to link utility efficiency programs with energy codes savingsAs states increasingly look to utilities to play an active role in supporting building energy codes, a new report from a coalition of energy efficiency advocates, has been issued to provide guidance for how state regulatory commissions and energy offices can best develop and evaluate such efforts.

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Source: Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Mayors Urge Cities to Strengthen Energy Code
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013

With the 2012 ​International Energy Conservation Code's (IECC) hard-fought 30% efficiency gains at stake, the U.S. Conference of Mayors voted unanimously to encourage municipal support for all eligible code officials to attend the International Code Council’s Final Action Hearings this October in Atlantic City to support continued efficiency gains for America’s model energy code, the IECC.

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Source: Alliance to Save Energy
Yuma City Council Hears About Updated Building Codes
Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

In a monumental effort, city of Yuma building safety officials with the help of two advisory boards have developed five new building codes, including a code that for the first time establishes energy conservation standards.

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Source: YumaSun.com
2013 California Building Standards Code Adopted
Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The California Building Standards Commission announced today the adoption of the 2013 California Building Standards Code. The adoption of the 2013 code comes after a comprehensive multi-state agency and stakeholder update of the 2010 building codes.

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Source: Business Wire
Boulder County Requires Electric Vehicle Wiring for New Homes
Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013

In an action that became effective on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, the Boulder County Board of Commissioners adopted the most recent and progressive building codes for energy efficiency and added requirements that all new homes be wired for electric vehicles and solar panels.

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Source: Colorado Energy News

News Category: National Policy

Carbon Pollution Standards: What EPA is Doing
Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014

The Clean Air Act lays out distinct approaches for new and existing sources under Section 111: a federal program for new sources and state programs for existing sources.

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Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Predictions Made for High Performance Building
Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014

Net-zero energy buildings are so 2013. Net-positive energy buildings are the future. That was among the predictions for 2014 made by green builder Hammer and Hand for the US high performance building industry, who also predicts that building energy codes will move toward performance-based measures, as the limitations of prescriptive codes become more obvious to policy makers.

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Source: Energy Manager Today
Obama expands energy-efficiency program for buildings
Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Obama administration expanded an energy efficiency program Tuesday to include apartment complexes, condominiums and other multifamily buildings, the latest White House move to bolster efficiency as Congress remains stuck on the issue. The public-private program, the Better Buildings Challenge, is one of the many administration-level tools to which President Obama has resorted to advance energy-efficiency policies. That legislation, would establish voluntary efficiency building codes, offer workplace energy-efficiency training and encourage manufacturers to make efficiency upgrades.

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Source: Washington Examiner
Code Officials Defeat Proposal to Rollback Historic Efficiency Gains in America’s Model Energy Code
Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sound energy policy prevailed as local and state governmental officials rejected dozens of builder-sponsored home efficiency rollback proposals in a three-day marathon meeting convened by the International Code Council (ICC) to develop the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

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Source: Alliance to Save Energy
DOE Activities and Methodology for Assessing Compliance With Building Energy Codes RFI
Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

On August 6, DOE published an RFI on its methodology for assessing code compliance into the Federal Register. Based on feedback received from the individual state compliance pilot studies in 2011-2012, the RFI seeks input on DOE's methodology and fundamental assumptions from the general public.

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Source: U.S. Department of Energy Building Energy Codes Program
Energy 2030 Report Calls for Stricter Energy Building Codes
Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy aims to double US energy productivity by 2030, and one of its many ways to achieve that goal is to create more stringent energy codes for buildings.

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Source: Energy Manager Today
SEEA Applauds Findings Presented in the Alliance's Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy Report
Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) applauds and supports the Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy's goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030. "Energy 2030," released today at the National Press Club, details the Commission's recommendations for reaching this aggressive but achievable target.

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Source: Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

News Category: Energy Codes Development, Training and Tools

ASHRAE 90.1-2010 sets the energy standard
Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The widely used energy standard reaches an inflection point that demands both efficient design and accountability from building inhabitants.

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Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer
ANSI Approves Next Generation of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013

The new version of the standard includes several important changes including: Energy Code Update -- While the original ICC 700 used the 2006 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as a basis, the new version will use the 2009 IECC. The requirements of the 2009 IECC are estimated to result in energy efficient performance that is about 15 percent higher than the previous 2006 code.

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Source: International Code Council
Buy your copies of the 2012 IECC in bulk and save!
Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Purchase copies of the 2012 IECC in bulk and save as much as $20/copy! The U.S. Department of Energy Building Energy Codes Program (BECP), in conjunction with the International Code Council (ICC) and ASHRAE, has negotiated special pricing now through April 1, 2013.

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Source: U.S. Department of Energy BECP
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