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The First Smart Neighborhood of Its Kind in the Southeast
Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

In suburban Birmingham, Alabama, Alabama Power's Smart Neighborhood is nearly complete, bringing together 62 high-performance, connected homes and a community microgrid.

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Source: DOE EERE
Conference of Mayors adopts resolution supporting International Energy Conservation Code
Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The United States Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) recently unanimously adopted a resolution in support of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The resolution supports IECC, a model code that establishes minimum design and construction requirements for energy efficiency, as a strategy to cost-effectively reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Source: DailyEnergyInsider
DOE Field Study Methodology Provides States with Better Data on Building Energy Codes
Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018

Researchers conducted pilot studies in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The methodology outlines procedures for sampling, data collection, and subsequent analysis, and provides guidance on how to implement a successful study.

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Source: DOE EERE
New Research Shows the Myriad Benefits of Energy Efficient Homes
Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018

A recent study by the North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA) found that energy efficiency in homes has another untapped selling point: a higher market value than less efficient homes.

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Source: Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Pennsylvania Rings the Bell of Energy Efficiency
Posted: Friday, June 1, 2018

On May 1, 2018, the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council announced a critical update to its state code by adopting the 2015 IECC.

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Source: Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
CA Building Code Requires Rooftop Solar for New Apartment Buildings
Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018

The California Energy Commission voted unanimously this week to update the state's building code to require rooftop solar panels on all new apartment building and condo construction starting January 1, 2020. This change would make California the only state with such a rule, SCPR reported.

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Source: Energy Manager Today
CA Building Code Takes Big Step Toward Net-Zero Energy
Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The updated code – the first of its kind in the nation – will combine rooftop solar panels with enough energy efficiency measures like insulation and better windows that all new single-family homes and low-rise apartments will use net-zero electricity.

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Source: Natural Resources Defense Council
Tunxis' $120K grant to study CT energy-code compliance
Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Farmington's Tunxis Community College will use a $120,000 grant to study whether Connecticut municipalities and homebuilders are complying with state energy codes, school officials say.

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Source: Hartford Business.com
Pennsylvania Adopts 2015 IECC
Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The state of Pennsylvania has updated its building codes for commercial and residential construction to the 2015 model International Energy Conservation Code, while also incorporating some elements of the 2018 code.

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Source: Builder Online
New toolkit offers local governments energy-saving strategies for buildings
Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is offering a new resource to inform local officials to boost energy savings in buildings.

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Source: Building Design and Construction
LEED aligns with California green building codes
Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2018

It's become easier for builders in California to meet LEED standards while also complying with the state's green building regulations.

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Source: ProudGreenBuilding.com
Building Energy Codes Can REV Up NYS Energy Efficiency
Posted: Monday, April 9, 2018

Updating the building energy codes in New York and including a plan for zero-energy buildings in the broader energy efficiency framework will help the state exceed its goals under its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy and set the state on the path toward an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.

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Source: Natural Resources Defense Council
5 Trends and Observations in Energy Codes
Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2018

Here are five trends we’ve seen shaping the status of our energy codes in Colorado so far in 2018.

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Source: Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
ASHRAE 90.1 Portal Offers Centralized Resource
Posted: Thursday, February 1, 2018

A new online portal makes it easier than ever for building professionals to access the suite of resources related to ASHRAE Standard 90.1.

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Source: CodeWatcher
Illinois Reviews 2018 IECC for Adoption
Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

In December, the Illinois Energy Code Advisory Council (IECAC) started to review the 2018 IECC for adoption. The opportunity to comment on and submit amendments to the commercial and residential chapters will be open until March 31, 2018.

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Source: CodeWatcher
Educational Sector Leads on Zero Energy Buildings, but Lacks Retrofits
Posted: Monday, January 29, 2018

New Buildings Institute (NBI) recently released its Zero Energy* Buildings List with nearly 500 verified or emerging commercial buildings projects. Educational facilities continue to outpace other sectors by large margins with 26 verified zero energy (ZE) projects and 152 more underway.

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Source: New Buildings Institute
Five Years and a Million Stronger
Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Five years ago, Building America launched an interactive resource for high-performance home construction. Today, the Building Technologies Office’s Building America Solution Center continues to skyrocket in popularity, growing from about 77,000 users in 2013 to more than 298,000 users in 2017.

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Source: DOE EERE
Unlocking Innovative Design for Better Schools
Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018

The Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings: Achieving Zero Energy (AEDG) was recently released to support elementary, middle, and high schools in their pursuit of zero energy performance goals for deep retrofits and new construction projects.

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Source: DOE EERE
Moving Daylighting into a New Era
Posted: Friday, December 29, 2017

In the energy efficiency world, we know that if there are specific and tangible non-energy benefits to energy conserving measures, it can be a game changer to motivating the implementation of these measures. One example of this is the work and research performed on the connection between daylighting and productivity.

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Source: New Buildings Institute
That's a Wrap: 8th Annual Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference
Posted: Friday, December 15, 2017

Conference Overview: Experts presented on ways to cost-effectively build to net-zero, the importance of engaging the real estate community to further building efficiency policies, advancements in building technologies and new above-code commercial and residential standards available for jurisdictions seeking to adopt a stretch code or above-code programs.

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Source: MEEA
Stories behind the rankings: These successes reveal benefits of saving energy
Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Residents and businesses across the country are saving energy and money thanks to smart state policies. Their stories help explain why some states climbed in our 2017 State Scorecard or maintained strong standings. This year for the first time, we included stories of individuals and communities in our state-specific score sheets. 

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Source: ACEEE
Outlook Remains Positive for Townhouse Construction Amid Continued Growth
Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The long-run prospects for townhouse construction are positive given large numbers of homebuyers looking for medium density residential neighborhoods, such as urban villages that offer walkable environments and other amenities.

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Source: Professional Builder
Tiny Homes Surge in Popularity under New Regulations
Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Un-permitted tiny homes that are off the grid have the potential to cause serious forest fires, according to Cococino County’s sustainable building program manager, Amanda Acheson. The new standards require entrance and exit opportunities in case of emergency, and regulate the placement of features like wood stoves and electrical boxes.

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Source: Builder Online
Why Houston’s Newer Homes Fared Better During Harvey
Posted: Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Houston building requirement that new homes be built at least 12 inches above expected flood levels minimized damage to new homes during Hurricane Harvey and its record flooding.

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Source: Builder Online
New Findings Emerge from HERS Program
Posted: Thursday, November 9, 2017

Giving consideration to the ERI and IECC requirements, this blog will present some data points from homes that received a HERS rating between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2017. Using data from homes built in the last two years can help shed light on recent construction practices and how they relate to energy code compliance.

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Source: CodeWatcher
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