2017 National Energy Codes Conference

Bridges to the Future - 2017 National Energy Codes Conference

Join us for the 2017 National Energy Codes Conference, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy! This year's event will cover a variety of critical topics, including code development, implementation, policy, tools and resources, with a focus on achieving compliance. Be sure to catch the latest news and information affecting the future of codes and our built environment!


Conference registration is open: Register


The conference schedule is available: Agenda (tentative)

  • Workshops & Building Tour (Monday, July 17)
  • Welcome Reception (Monday evening)
  • Day 1: Tuesday, July 18
  • Day 2: Wednesday July 19
  • Day 3: Thursday, July 20

Workshops & Tour

Energy Codes Bootcamp (Monday, July 17):

A full-day crash course in energy codes! This workshop will provide a sampling of code basics, compliance software training, and what's new in codes. Attendees will also get a chance to present their questions directly to DOE & PNNL staff.

  • Energy Codes 101
  • COMcheck™ Basics
  • REScheck™ Basics
  • What's New in Codes?
  • Ask DOE!

This workshop is offered at no additional charge to conference attendees, however; space is limited and registration is required.

Tour the Tower at PNC Plaza (Monday, July 17):

Rising 33 stories near the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, the Tower at PNC Plaza opened in October 2015 as PNC's new corporate headquarters. The building, which hosts more than 2000 employees, incorporates many state-of-the-art technologies, including a double-skin façade and solar chimney. The tower was designed to exceed LEED Platinum certification and to be the greenest office building in the world. Learn more.

The tour is scheduled for Monday at 1pm and is free of charge for full conference attendees. Advanced registration is required and space is limited. [UPDATE: This tour has reached capacity--request to be added to the waitlist.]

Tour the Energy Innovation Center (Monday, July 17):

The Energy Innovation Center is a not-for-profit organization who engages community leaders, educates the workforce and incubates businesses to support clean energy markets. The Center recently transformed a vacant property in the City's Lower Hill District into a 200,000 square foot beacon for sustainable energy technologies. This LEED Platinum facility adheres to the highest standards of energy efficiency while preserving the historical character of the building--one of the few LEED Platinum buildings that is also on the National Register of Historic Place. Learn more.

The Energy Innovation Center tour is scheduled for Monday at 4pm and is free of charge for full conference attendees. Advanced registration is required and space is limited.

Solar Energy Workshop (Thursday, July 20):

Building officials and design professionals play crucial roles in the deployment of solar energy, helping to ensure proper system design, installation and safety. This workshop will cover critical strategies for the successful incorporation of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology in buildings, including how to communicate with clients about the benefits of solar, available resources, and key considerations for code officials, plan reviewers, installers and a variety of other professionals. The course will also provide an introduction to building code provisions impacting solar installations from the 2015 I-Codes and the International Solar Energy Provisions (ISEP). This course is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative, and is led by the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

Registration is required for this workshop and space is limited. For more information, contact Maureen Guttman (AIA) or Maria Ellingson (BCAP).

JOLT Session

Get in on the action during the JOLT session! Tell us about an interesting energy code initiative or challenge you're working on and share your opinions. Anyone can participate, but you get just two minutes to say what's on your mind. The only rule is to keep it kind and respectful, so sign up early, make your point, and avoid the hook! Learn more.

Jeffrey A. Johnson Award

The Jeffrey A. Johnson Award recognizes excellence and leadership in the advancement of building energy codes. This award is presented annually at the National Energy Codes Conference. Award nominations must be submitted by May 5, 2017. Learn more.

Continuing Education

Continuing education options are provided for members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and International Code Council (ICC). The DOE Building Energy Codes Program is an AIA and ICC Continuing Education provider, with learning units/credits available for most conference sessions. Pick up forms at conference Registration desk.

Travel Assistance

DOE has a limited number of travel scholarships available. DOE will determine the exact amount based on individual circumstances. The money must be used for travel expenses (transportation/lodging/food) and may not be used to pay conference registration. Scholarships are announced in advance but payments are made after the conference based on documented expenses submitted by the recipient.

DOE uses various criteria to determine who will receive the scholarships:

  • Organizations. Priority is given first to local government building officials and staff, then to state energy office staff, then to non-profit organizations.
  • Geographic diversity. DOE wants to encourage people to attend from across the country. States that have historically not attended the conference or have no one registered will be given priority. DOE will not pay for more than one person per city to attend.
  • New attendees. People who have not attended the conference previously will have higher priority.
  • Timing of application. Apply as early as possible to ensure that you are considered.

To be considered for a scholarship please contact Rosemarie Bartlett. Please note whether you attended the conference last year in your request.

Location and Lodging

The conference will be held at the Marriott City Center in downtown Pittsburgh. A block of sleeping rooms is available at the group rate for a single room of $129 plus tax (government per diem) on the nights of July 16-20, 2017. Reservations must be made by Sunday, June 25, 2017. All reservations are subject to availability. Reservations

Who Should Attend

Energy code stakeholders of all types! Building officials, builders, contractors, state energy offices, trade associations, energy efficiency organizations, architects, engineers, policymakers, manufacturers, utilities, code administrators, educators, researchers and more!

Additional Information

More information on keynote speakers, awards and other events will be available in the coming months—please check back soon!