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Energy Efficiency Field Studies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program has developed research methods to support states in studying the impacts of their building energy codes. The objectives of the studies are to document typical design and construction practices, target areas for improvement through workforce education and training initiatives, and quantify energy efficiency and environmental impacts in buildings. States are encouraged to conduct these types of studies every 3-5 years to validate impacts of codes and other energy-efficiency programs, as well as to benchmark technology trends in residential and commercial construction.

This map highlights states that have conducted field studies to assess energy code compliance in single-family, multifamily, or commercial buildings within the last decade. Although DOE BECP funded many of these studies to demonstrate early success, states and jurisdictions have utilized DOE methodologies to fund and facilitate studies outside the DOE program. To find out the type and timing of each state field study and to access more information, click on the Field Studies by State map or direct link to this BECP Tableau Public Dashboard.