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Document type: Compliance Tool
Publication Date: October 2009
Focus:

You can use COMcheck™ to demonstrate that your commercial or high-rise residential building design complies with the 2004, 2006, and 2009 editions of the International Energy Conservation Code.

The COMcheck software provides a highly flexible way to demonstrate compliance with minimal input. The envelope section allows tradeoffs between envelope components, including roofs, walls, windows, floors, and skylights. The lighting section enables you to quickly determine if your lighting design meets interior-lighting power limits. The mechanical section enables you to assemble a customized list of code requirements that are applicable to the systems and equipment in your building.

Document type: Compliance Tool
Publication Date: June 2012
Focus: Compliance

In supporting state energy code compliance evaluations, the Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) has developed commercial data collection checklists. The checklists are available for use as paper checklists or electronic Microsoft Word® forms.

The BECP also developed an online tool, the Checklist Score + Store. While overall compliance can be determined manually for individual buildings and groups of renovations, this tool provides automated building scores and state-wide consolidation of data. Individual building scores will remain confidential (available only to the state and their contractors), but storing data nationally will shed valuable light on nationwide compliance, as well as changes in compliance over time.

Guidelines for using the checklists may be found in Measuring State Energy Code Compliance,...

Document type: Compliance Tool
Publication Date: October 2010
Focus: Compliance

This document contains a flier and letter templates for use by states.

Example:

Buildings account for roughly 40 percent of the nation’s energy consumption. Enhancing their efficiency will lead to a stronger economy, a cleaner environment, and decreased dependence on imported oil. With this goal in mind, the (state organization), with support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Codes Program (BECP), is asking local jurisdictions to participate in a statewide study to measure compliance rates with building energy codes. This letter is meant to familiarize you with the study and to solicit your support for this important activity.

Document type: Compliance Tool, Reports and Studies
Publication Date: March 2010
Focus: Compliance

In this document, the U.S. Department of Energy's Building Energy Codes Program provides a detailed set of procedures that may help states as they engage in activities in support of code implementation and enforcement as well as measurement of the compliance rate associated with the codes and standards named in legislation, most notably those associated with measuring and reporting rates of compliance.

Document type: Compliance Tool, Reports and Studies
Publication Date: March 2010
Focus: Compliance

To supplement the Measuring State Energy Code Compliance report, this user-friendly action plan summarizes the main procedures, shows further options, and points to several ready-made resources and web-based tools U.S Department of Energy's Building Energy Codes Program is releasing to support the process.

Document type: Compliance Tool
Publication Date: June 2012
Focus: Compliance

In supporting state energy code compliance evaluations, the U.S. Department of Energy's Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) has developed residential data collection checklists. The checklists are available for use as paper checklists or electronic Microsoft® Word® forms.

The BECP also developed an online tool, the Checklist Score + Store. While overall compliance can be determined manually for individual buildings and groups of renovations, this tool provides automated building scores and state-wide consolidation of data. Individual building scores will remain confidential (available only to the state and their contractors), but storing data nationally will shed valuable light on nationwide compliance, as well as changes in compliance over time.

Guidelines for using the following checklists to evaluate state energy code compliance can be found in...

Document type: Compliance Tool
Publication Date: January 2012
Focus: Compliance

This Quick Reference Guide will guide you, step-by-step, through a typical plan review process for energy code compliance and show how it can be conducted quickly and efficiently. The U.S. Department of Energy’s REScheck™ Compliance Software is designed to create simplified compliance certificates that can be easily reviewed by enforcement personnel.

Document type: Compliance Tool
Publication Date: September 2010
Focus: Compliance, Residential

This document contains sample survey questions designed for use by states wishing to conduct a survey of their building jurisdictions as one method of better understanding energy code compliance rates in their state.