Residential Energy Code Field Study: Overview & Preliminary Findings
This webinar will provide an overview of the U.S. Department of Energy Building Energy Codes residential field study, including methodology, sampling and current status. Data gathered across 10 states will be reviewed, followed by a summary of initial findings that can inform future education & training activities. The potential savings associated with these activities will also be presented, which are of interest to government agencies, utilities and other entities.
The DOE Building Energy Codes Program provides technical assistance to support the implementation of energy codes, helping to improve compliance and ensure the code-intended energy savings are realized by U.S. home owners & occupants. Through the current three-year project, DOE is investigating whether an investment in code education & training can produce a change in residential energy savings. DOE plans to establish a sufficient data set to represent statewide construction trends, and detect significant changes in energy use resulting from education, training & outreach activities.
The study comprises three main phases:
- A baseline study to identify the energy use in typical single-family residential buildings in a given state and opportunities for improving energy efficiency
- An education, training & outreach phase targeting issues identified through the baseline study
- A post- study to identify the change in energy use following the education, training & outreach activities