The DOE Building Energy Codes Program is offering a regular webinar series, BECP Energy Code Webinar Series, with an event held the third Thursday of every month at 1 pm (Eastern), beginning September 21, 2023.
Continuing education credits (AIA and ICC) will be offered for most of the live events. Instructions for requesting certificates of completion will be provided during each webinar.
View the series lineup below and register in advance.
How Building Codes Facilitate Resilient Communities
Date/Time: Thursday, September 21, 2023 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)
Speakers: Ellen Franconi, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Krystal Laymon and John Ingargiola, Federal Emergency Management Agency; and Brian Levite, ICF
Description: With the growing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, understanding the resilience benefits of building codes is more important than ever. By improving the energy efficiency of buildings, energy codes help enhance occupant safety comfort and reduce energy costs, use, and emissions. In addition, they contribute to individual and community resilience by improving grid reliability, and in the event of a power outage, enhancing passive survivability in buildings, thereby keeping occupants safer for longer. In this webinar, presenters will explore research findings from a recent DOE report and federal, state, and local activities related to the resilience benefits of building codes and energy efficiency.
Strategies to Equitably Expand the Energy Codes Workforce
Date/Time: Thursday, October 19, 2023 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)
Description: Hear from workforce development professionals on techniques to grow and expand the energy codes workforce in a way that prioritizes equity. In this webinar, speakers will examine the specific issues facing the codes workforce and highlight ways to equitably address them.
What You Need to Know About the New Energy Standard for Commercial Buildings: ASHRAE 90.1-2022
Date/Time: Thursday, November 16, 2023 @ 1:00-3:00pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)
Description: Discover what's new in ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2022. Speakers from 90.1 will highlight major changes in requirements for building envelope, mechanical systems, and lighting.
Best Practices for Understanding and Improving Compliance: Field Studies, Circuit Riders, and More
Date/Time: Thursday, January 18, 2024 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)
Description: Learn about current energy code compliance best practices and case studies. Presenters from across the country will draw on experience from the field to introduce and explain how to successfully implement field studies, circuit riders, and other compliance strategies.
Addressing Existing Buildings: Building Performance Standards and Implementation Support Tools
Date/Time: Thursday, February 15, 2024 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)
Description: There is a great opportunity to make an impact by addressing the energy use and performance of existing buildings. In this webinar, speakers will discuss the use of Building Performance Standards (BPS) and outline best practices, tools, and financial incentives that can be leveraged to support BPS implementation.
Energy Code Enforcement Challenges and Opportunities in Rural Communities
Date/Time: Thursday, March 21, 2024 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)
Description: With fewer building department staff, longer distances to travel between job sites, and less opportunity for workforce education and training, energy code enforcement can present unique challenges in rural communities. This webinar will highlight some of these specific challenges faced by code officials and others in the field and describe existing solutions and new opportunities to help improve code enforcement and compliance.