2020 Building Energy Code Seminar Series

The DOE Building Energy Codes Program is kicking off 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 will provide 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 will be held weekly at 1 pm (eastern), beginning September 2020. Each will materialize across a range of engaging formats, from lectures to expert panels to interactive discussions. All building energy code stakeholders are welcome!

Stay tuned for additional updates on the NECC in the coming months.

Continuing Education

Continuing education credits will be offered for the live events. Instructions for requesting certificates of completion will be provided during each webinar.

Current Lineup

View the scheduled lineup below and register for individual topics. Participate live in upcoming events or select recorded sessions for recordings of past events.

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)
Host: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)/U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Format: Panel
Speakers: David Nemtzow and Jeremy Williams, U.S. Department of Energy; Amber Wood, City and County of Denver; Blake Shelide, Oregon Department of Energy; Ed Carley, NASEO; Emily Hoffman, NYC Department of Buildings; Ryan Colker, ICC
Description:  The DOE Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) provides technical assistance, compliance tools, critical analyses, and financial assistance to support energy codes throughout the United States. During this kick-off webinar, representatives from BECP will highlight program updates and set the stage for future topical webinars in this multi-part seminar series. This initial installment will feature an interactive moderated discussion about current and future energy code efforts with national, state and local leaders.
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Electronic Construction Permitting: Best Practices and Implementation

Date/Time: Thursday, October 8, 2020 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (10:00am PT)
Host: Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Format: Panel
Speakers: Michael Jozwiak, Zoning and Code Enforcement for City of Lansdowne; Celina Patterson, Building Codes Division for State of Oregon
Description:  Online or electronic construction permitting is changing the way municipalities across the country issue permits and schedule inspections. For builders, plan reviewers, inspectors, and municipal and state administrators, online or electric permitting systems can streamline and expedite the construction process while helping municipalities ensure code compliance and enforcement. Join this webinar to learn about electronic permitting systems in use by building departments across the land and how they might apply to your jurisdiction.
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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)
Host: South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER)
Format: Single Speaker
Speakers: John Sedine, Consulting Engineer
Description:  Homes built to today’s building codes have tight envelopes (low infiltration!), high levels of insulation (low thermal conductivity!), and ducts in the conditioned space (small duct losses!). This leads to a situation where the home has comparatively low heating and cooling loads; say, 1500 ft2 or more of conditioned space per ton of mechanical cooling. The HVAC design problem becomes … how does a contractor cost-effectively ensure occupant comfort in a 2400 ft2 newly-constructed home where the sized HVAC equipment is only 1.5 ton … and providing only 600 CFM of air delivery for the entire home? This session will address the design considerations, equipment offerings, and trade-offs of low-load homes.
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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)
Host: Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA)
Format: Panel
Speakers: Michael Rosenberg, PNNL; Maria Karpman, Karpman Consulting; Bing Liu, NEEA
Description:  Performance-based energy code compliance requires energy modeling and has not been the predominant compliance path for both commercial and residential buildings across the country. In the commercial sector, ASHRAE Standard 90.1 issued a new performance path called the Performance Rating Method (Appendix G) in 2016. However, in terms of compliance path chosen, performance-based compliance still represents a minority of projects. This webinar will present state-of-the-art tools and resources to address compliance barriers in implementing Appendix G in commercial buildings. We’ll also highlight how utility incentive programs and other above-code programs use Appendix G for their whole building performance-based program implementation.
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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)
Host: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Format: Panel
Speakers: Reid Hart, Michael Myer, and Michael Tillou, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Description:  Speakers experienced with the code development process will discuss what has changed in the commercial provisions from the previous edition of the International Energy Conservation Code. This update ran the gambit in terms of updates to longstanding code measures - such as lighting and building envelope improvements - to new code content covering EV charging, a point based additional efficiency table, and a Net-Zero Appendix.
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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)
Host: International Code Council (ICC)
Format: Panel
Speakers: Michelle Britt and David Walls, International Code Council
Description:  With the onset of COVID-19, the building industry had to quickly adapt to the changing landscape. As a result, remote inspections, which historically have only been used by few jurisdictions, quickly became the buzz word around building departments and jobsites. This panel discussion will include highlights from a local jurisdiction; considerations and best practices; and resources available and under development.
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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)
Host: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Format: Panel
Speakers: Richard Lord, United Technologies Carrier Corp; Leonard Sciarra; Thomas Culp, Birch Point Consulting; Michael Tillou; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Description:  In order to meet the demand for increased levels of energy efficiency in commercial buildings, ASHRAE 90.1 is pursuing several novel ways to improve whole-building performance. This seminar will explore several strategies that are expected to debut in the next edition of the Standard in 2022; on-site renewable energy, envelope thermal bridging, advanced HVAC metrics and an envelope back-stop. After a brief presentation on each topic, the panel of presenters will answer questions and seek feedback from the audience on these and other strategies that 90.1 should be considering.
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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)
Host: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Format: Panel
Speakers: Rob Salcido, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Todd Taylor (representing Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
Description:  Speakers experienced with the code development process will discuss what has changed in the residential provisions from the previous edition of the International Energy Conservation Code. Unlike previous code updates, significant updates and new content will be incorporated into the new code. A few of the many changes that will be discussed include updates to the thermal envelope, revisions to duct testing, lighting efficiency improvements, and the inclusion of an additional efficiency options package and Net-Zero Appendix.
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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)
Host: IEA Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme (EBC)
Format: Panel
Description:  Virtually travel around the globe and learn how energy codes are developed and implemented. In this special edition webinar, we'll hear from energy code experts in several countries as they present and lead discussions on emerging energy code issues including developing codes for changing climates, net-zero energy building code initiatives, and codes for existing buildings. Note:  Continuing education credits will not be offered for this event.

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)
Host: Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)
Format: Discussion
Speakers: Alison Lindburg, MEEA (moderator)
Description:  Building codes continue to incorporate advanced technologies that enable more dynamic operation, increased energy efficiency and maximum cost optimization. This discussion-based session will explore impacts and opportunities for building codes and advanced technologies. Topics include energy storage, EV-readiness, grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEB), and more! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to come with your favorite technology in mind and prepare for an electrifying discussion on the role of technology and how they’ll impact buildings in the not-so-distant future.

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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)
Host: Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Format: Discussion
Speakers: John Balfe, NEEP (moderator)
Description:  State and local energy policies across the country are increasingly focused on strategies such as decarbonization and beneficial electrification with an eye toward a cleaner and more resilient energy system. This session will review how these trends are affecting building energy codes, from concepts such as zero-energy or zero-carbon codes, building performance standards, electrification-readiness, integration with the grid and transportation systems, and other innovative strategies. Join us for an in-depth discussion on these emerging policies and how they’ll affect energy codes.

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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)
Host: Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA)
Format: Panel
Speakers: Bruce Manclark, CLEAResult; Greg Lasher, TRC; David Freelove, Idaho Energy Code Circuit Rider
Description:  In the past two years, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Energy and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to complete residential energy code field studies in all four states in the northwest region, including Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. These research studies and the resulting empirical data provide market-based evidence and understanding of how the various state codes affect new home construction and related energy performance. The speakers, key members of the field teams, will share their experiences, observations and lessons learned from their time onsite and interactions with builders and local building departments. The variation of code structures among these four states also provide insight—through tested experiences—on how DOE’s field study methodology can be tailored to state codes as well as for the upcoming 2021 IECC.

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Want to Learn More?

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


Other upcoming 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)
Host: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Format: Panel
Speakers: Christina LaPerle and Maria Karpman, Karpman Consulting
Description:  This 2-hour training focuses on ASHRAE Standard 90.1 reporting requirements applicable to performance-based projects and covers the documentation that must be submitted to code officials and administrators of above-code programs. It illustrates how to fill out the DOE (Department of Energy) Compliance Form, discusses productivity tips, efficient workflow, and covers the common mistakes and best practices. The training targets energy modelers, submittal reviewers and members of design teams signing off on the submittals. The training includes presentation and live demonstration of how to fill out the Compliance Form for a sample project.
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Performance-based Compliance for Submittal Reviewers

Date/Time: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 @ 1:00-2:00pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)
Host: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Format: Panel
Speakers: Christina LaPerle and Maria Karpman, Karpman Consulting
Description:  This 2-hour training is targeted toward building officials, beyond code program administrators, and others who are tasked with approval of energy modeling submittals for performance based compliance. It discusses submittal review strategy and the key review steps including verifying the submittal for completeness; confirming that building systems and components shown in the compliance forms reflect design documents; that the configuration of the baseline (budget) design model is established correctly based on the applicable rules of ASHRAE 90.1 Section 11 or Appendix G; that, based on the simulation reports, the baseline (budget) and proposed designs were modeled as described in the compliance forms; and that the compliance outcome was established correctly based on the energy modeling results. The training demonstrates how to effectively use the DOE Compliance Form to perform the reviews and discusses other available resources such as the Submittal Review Manual.

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Low-Rise Multifamily Code Compliance Study Results

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)
Host: Ecotope, Inc.
Description:  Ecotope, Inc., in partnership with Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) and Slipstream, led the Low-Rise Multifamily Study for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The study was intended to develop and pilot a methodology that can be used by states and regional organizations to quantify savings opportunities from energy codes in newly constructed low-rise multifamily buildings. Mirroring the approach established by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory(PNNL) for single-family residential buildings, this study surveyed nearly 100 low-rise multifamily buildings in Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington -- representing a range of climate types from mild temperature to very cold continental. Both common entry and outdoor entry (‘garden style’) buildings were included in the work, and a parallel research project evaluated envelope air tightness and current still-evolving air tightness testing methods. Finally, a set of structured interviews of building designers and other relevant professionals was carried to out to gain more insight into this market. Please join us as we share the findings on how state-level building codes are being implemented, in terms of both observed characteristics and estimated energy impacts.
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Additional pre-recorded topics and other training resources are also available on energycodes.gov.