2021 Summer Seminar Series

The DOE Building Energy Codes Program conducted a series of online webinars as a follow-on to the 2021 National Energy Codes Conference. The series included a variety of special topics of interest to all energy code stakeholders—for both residential & commercial buildings. Events were held every other Thursday at 1 pm (eastern), beginning August 12, 2021. Continuing education credits were offered (for the live events only) and instructions for requesting certificates of completion were provided during each webinar.

Continuing Education

Continuing education credits (AIA, ICC, RESNET) were offered for the live events. Instructions for requesting certificates of completion were provided during each webinar.

Current Lineup

Select recorded sessions for recordings of these past events.

Grid Integration and Electrification in Energy Codes

Date/Time: Thursday, August 12, 2021 @ 1:00-2:00pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)
Host: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Speakers: Ellen Franconi, PNNL; Mark Frankel, Ecotope
Description:  Experts will discuss the role of building and energy codes in advancing connected buildings, how electrification will necessitate this effort, and the GEB technology currently being adopted at the state and local level.
Resources: presentation slides; video recording

Approaching Zero, Where Do We Go From Here for Commercial Buildings?

Date/Time: Thursday, August 26, 2021 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)
Host: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Speakers: Tom Phoenix, CPL Architects & Engineers; Kim Cheslak, NBI; Anica Landreneau, HOK
Description:  There’s a convergence taking place between building energy codes, above-code programs, and zero energy. In this session, we’ll take a look at where things stand and where they’ll need to head via future updates. Representatives from ASHRAE, AIA, and NBI will share their perspective on where the market is heading next for commercial buildings, what it’s taken to get here, and whether zero will become mainstream.
Resources: presentation slides; video recording

Codes Around the Globe: A Cross-National Comparison of Building Energy Codes

Date/Time: Thursday, September 9, 2021 @ 2:00-3:00pm ET (1 CT /12 MT /11 PT) (NOTE THIS WEBINAR BEGINS LATER THAN OTHERS IN THE SERIES)
Host: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Speakers: Meredydd Evans, PNNL; David Nemtzow, DOE
Description:  Building energy codes are recognized by countries around the world as an effective policy tool for improving the energy efficiency of buildings, residential and commercial alike. While codes used across nations tend to vary in format and approach, many of the key issues facing code implementation are similar. These often include challenges such as the need for faster and easier methods to verify codes in practice, requirements for existing buildings, hot and changing climates, and the ability of codes to adapt to new and advanced technologies, including new grid-interactive technologies and distributed energy resources. Against this backdrop, the International Energy Agency’s Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) Programme launched the Building Energy Codes Working Group (BECWG) in 2018. Part of the working group’s charge is to share comparative information on its member countries to better understand the codes landscape across the range of nations. This presentation will provide insight into different practices and major trends on building energy codes around the globe.
Resources: presentation slides; video recording

Evolution of Commercial Building Design and Construction

Date/Time: Thursday, September 23, 2021 @ 1:00-2:00pm (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)
Host: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Speakers: Charles Gulledge, Past President of ASHRAE
Description:  The session will focus on how the construction and engineering design industry is evolving and take a look at a futuristic perspective in the context of building codes. What does it mean for building codes when buildings are virtually designed and manufactured offsite? How does design for manufacturing and assembly play into that? Can digital twins and 7D BIM be useful for codes enforcement and monitoring?
Resources: presentation slides; video recording

Zoning and Land-Use Regulation: Emerging Tools for Advancing Climate-Friendly Development

Date/Time: Thursday, October 21, 2021 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)
Host: National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)
Speakers: Kai Palmer Dunning, NEEP; Ellen Eggerton, City of Alexandria, VA; Katrina Managan, City and County of Denver; Jennifer Manierre, NYSERDA
Description:  This webinar will examine the relationship of building energy codes to zoning and land-use regulation. Zoning and land-use processes have, at times, incentivized environmentally sensitive design and construction. Yet, also, safety, aesthetic, and other concerns have impeded approval and installation of such measures as PVs and batteries. This webinar will explore ways that zoning and land-use regulation, in complement to codes, can be crafted to advance energy efficiency, clean energy, and climate objectives.
Resources: presentation slides; video recording

Equity and Codes: Ensuring Codes and Energy Efficient Buildings Address Affordable Housing Needs

Date/Time: Thursday, November 18, 2021 @ 1:00-2:00pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT) (please note the change from 10/7/21)
Host: Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Speakers: Roger Kainu, Oregon Department of Energy; Sonrisa Lucero, RMI; Neela Ram, City of Atlanta and NRDC
Description:  States all over the country are grappling with how to address building decarbonization equitably. Building affordable housing and decarbonizing buildings should work synergistically by leveraging codes, energy efficiency, and funding strategies. During this webinar, we will discuss the importance of equity while creating healthy indoor environments and resiliency measures through codes. We will also learn how states are funding energy-efficient affordable housing projects that achieve the goal of building decarbonization while preserving equitable access to housing.
Resources: presentation slides; video recording

Additional pre-recorded topics and other training resources are also available on energycodes.gov.