DOE National Energy Codes Conference 2015


Thanks for joining us March 23-26 in Nashville, Tennessee for The 2015 National Energy Codes Conference, the first conference dedicated solely to energy codes since 2011! "Energy Codes in Action!" focused on on a wide range of energy codes topics with a focus on improving implementation and compliance.

Full Conference Program        Agenda At-a-Glance

bannerJeffrey A. Johnson Award

The Jeffrey A. Johnson Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Building Energy Codes recognizes an individual or team in the United States for leadership in building energy codes in the pursuit of energy efficiency goals.

Congratulations to the 2015 award winner Gary Klein!


Copies of presentations are available to view/download from the associated speaker links below.

Day 1: Tuesday, March 24

Opening Plenary

Forum on the Future of Energy Codes

  • Roadmap Toward a Predictive Performance-Based Commercial Energy Code; Bing Liu, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Utilizing Energy Targets in zEPI and Outcome-Based Codes; Jim Edelson, New Buildings Institute
  • Green to Zero - Sustainability and Resilience in Building Codes; Darren Port, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
  • The Evolution of Departments, Professionals and Practices; Ryan Colker, National Institute of Building Sciences

TECH TRACK: Achieving and Evaluating Residential Compliance of Tight Envelopes

Compliance Support: Strategies for States and Municipalities

  • Transforming the Culture of Energy Codes via State Compliance Collaboratives and Energy Code Ambassadors; Maria Ellingson, Building Codes Assistance Project
  • ECAP - Spreading the Energy Code Gospel; John Umphress, Austin Energy Green Building
  • Engaging Cities to Improve Code Compliance; Ryan Meres, Institute for Market Transformation
  • Getting to Compliance in Washington, DC; Kimberly Newcomer, District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs

Demonstrating Compliance: The Evolving Role of Software

  • The "CheckTools" Perspective; Bob Schultz, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Paving the Way for Widespread Use of Modeling for Code Compliance; Kamaria Greenfield, Building Codes Assistance Project
  • Emerging Software for Energy Performance Standards; Charles Eley, Eley Consulting, Clark Denson, SSRCx, and Jay Harrison, State of Tennessee Real Estate Asset Management

TECH TRACK: HVAC and the Energy Code: Comfort, Savings, and Fewer Call-Backs

  • Jeff Tiller, Appalachian State University
  • Bruce Manclark, SpecPro

Residential Compliance: State Strategies for Quantifying Code Compliance

Commissioning Requirements for Commercial Energy Codes

  • Commissioning Guidelines and Standards Utilization; Gerald Kettler, Facility Performance Associates
  • Commissioning in CA Codes: the California Experience; Randall Higa, Southern California Edison
  • Building Envelope Commissioning; Maureen Guttman, Building Codes Assistance Project

TECH TRACK: Increasing Role of Controls in Commercial Energy Codes

  • Charles Eley, Eley Consulting
  • Clark Denson, SSRCx
  • Jay Harrison, State of Tennessee Real Estate Asset Management
  • John McFarland, WorkingBuildings

Day 2: Wednesday, March 25

Forum on Messaging: The Value Proposition for Codes

  • Colorado: Advancing Energy Codes in a Home Rule State; Rick Hanger, Colorado Division of Housing
  • Getting Value: Dollars and Common Sense of Code Adoptions; Jason Reid, Alabama Homebuilders Association
  • Communicating the Value of Energy Efficiency: What is Energy Worth?; Sandra Adomatis, Adomatis Appraisal Service
  • Energy Code Messaging - Effectively Targeting Stakeholder; Aaron Stein, San Antonio Office of Sustainability

Two Experiences: A Deep Dive into Energy Codes East and West

  • North Carolina: Details and Lessons Learned from the Field; Chuck Perry, Appalachian State University
  • Seattle: Life on the Cutting Edge; Duane Jonlin, Seattle Department of Planning and Development

TECH TRACK: Daylighting Controls for Commercial Buildings

Best Practice Sharing: State and Local Approaches to Implementation

  • Evolution of the WA State Energy Code - Aligning Efficiency Targets with Compliance; Lisa Rosenow, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council
  • Embracing Diagnostic-Based Compliance Assessment through a Diverse, Yet Integrated Training Program; Darren Meyers, International Energy Code Consultants
  • Home Rule Implementation: Pima County's Two-Tier Approach to the Adoption of and Compliance with the Energy Codes; Rich Franz-Under, Pima County Development Services
  • GA Energy Code Update - A Step Ahead!; Ted Miltiades and Bill Towson, Georgia Department of Community Affairs
  • Tropical Design Everywhere; Howard Wiig, Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism

Commercial Compliance Studies

  • Commercial Code Compliance: A Literature Review; Rahul Athalye, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Commercial Baseline Study: Where Are We At?; Nigel Makela, BrittMakela Group
  • Developing a Commercial Code Compliance Methodology; Ken Baker, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

TECH TRACK: Successful Home Ventilation Strategies for Code Compliance

Demonstrating Code Compliance with ERI

  • Benefit of the New ERI Compliance Tool in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC); Dominic Sims, International Code Council
  • An In-the-Field Perspective; Robby Schwartz, EnergyLogic
  • HERS Index in IECC Compliance - Comparing the New ERI Path to the Traditional Performance Path; Vrushali Mendon, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Implementing ERI as Building Code - 146 Case Studies from Massachusetts; Ian Finlayson, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Energy Code Compliance to Meet Utility Targets

  • The Arizona Experience: 2012 IECC; Sharon Bonesteel, Salt River Project
  • National Grid's Code Compliance Enhancement Initiative in Rhode Island; Eric Beaton, National Grid
  • Energy Codes and Utility Support in the Southeast; Kristi Matthews, Advanced Energy
  • Energy Codes and the Clean Power Plan; Rodney Sobin, National Association of State Energy Officials

Day 3: Thursday, March 26

Forum on Existing Buildings: Compliance and Resilience

  • Compliance Guidance for the Energy Code's Change of Occupancy Requirement Based on the Smart Rehab Code Approach; David Hattis, Building Technology, Inc.
  • Codes, Codes, and More Codes for Existing Buildings!; David Collins, The Preview Group
  • Redefining the Rules: Driving Deep Efficiency in Existing Buildings; Zachary Hart, The American Institute of Architects

Multifamily Buildings Forum

  • The Need for a Building Energy Efficiency Code Specific to Multifamily Buildings, and How We Can Get There; Nehemiah Stone, BenningfieldGroup
  • The Impact of Energy Codes on Affordable Housing; Dennis Hidalgo, Volunteers of America

TECH TRACK: Insulation Requirements in the IECC