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2020 Building Energy Code Seminar Series

The DOE Building Energy Codes Program conducted a series of virtual seminars featuring a collection of timely and emerging topics pertinent to residential and commercial buildings. While the National Energy Codes Conference (NECC) remains postponed, the discussion continues! The NECC Seminar Series provided an opportunity to highlight key issues and challenges, recent updates, as well as the various forms of technical assistance available to state and local governments.

Seminars were held weekly from September to December 2020. Each materialized across a range of engaging formats, from lectures to expert panels to interactive discussions. Continuing education credits were offered for the live events. Instructions for requesting certificates of completion were provided during each webinar.

Series Lineup

View the series lineup below and select for event descriptions, recordings, and presentation files.

Timely Tales of Energy Codes: Kick-off to the NECC Seminar Series

Date/Time: Thursday, October 1, 2020 @ 1:00-3:00pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)

Electronic Construction Permitting: Best Practices and Implementation

Date/Time: Thursday, October 8, 2020 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (10:00am PT)

HVAC Design for Low-Load Homes: ACCA Low Load Home Manual

Date/Time: Thursday, October 15, 2020 @ 1:00-2:00pm ET (10:00am PT)

All Hands on Deck: Raising the Bar on Performance-Based Codes Compliance

Date/Time: Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (10:00am PT)

What's New in the Commercial Provisions of the 2021 IECC

Date/Time: Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)

Remote Inspections – A tool for the future or a time saving tool for today?

Date/Time: Thursday, November 5, 2020 @ 1:00-2:00pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)

Looking to the Future - What's in Store for ASHRAE Standard 90.1

Date/Time: Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)

What's New in the Residential Provisions of the 2021 IECC

Date/Time: Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)

Energy Codes Around the World: A Joint NECC x EBC Session

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 10:00-11:30am ET (9 CT /8 MT /7 PT)

Buildings, the Final Frontier: Advanced Technology and the Role of Building Codes

Date/Time: Thursday, December 3, 2020 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)

Evolving Building Policies for a Resilient, Efficient Future

Date/Time: Thursday, December 10, 2020 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)

63 and Me: What Have We Learned From the Field Studies in the Northwest Region?

Date/Time: Thursday, December 17, 2020 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)

Want to Learn More?

Check out presentations from past National Energy Codes Conferences hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Other events of interest

Performance-based Compliance Documentation for ASHRAE 90.1 Section 11 and Appendix G

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 1:00-2:00pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)

Performance-based Compliance for Submittal Reviewers

Date/Time: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 @ 1:00-2:00pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)

Low-Rise Multifamily Code Compliance Study Results

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)

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