Building Energy Codes News

News Category: States and Territories

Energy Codes Boost Development
Posted: Monday, January 26, 2015

in 2014, SEEA undertook an extensive study of commercial construction trends across the Southeast, analyzing the relationship between implemented energy codes and commercial construction 'starts' using publicly available construction data.

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Source: SEEA
Upstream Utility Incentive Programs: Experience and Lessons Learned
Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014

May 2014 - Upstream incentive programs, which work through manufacturers and distributors, have the potential to dramatically increase the market penetration of efficient technologies, at a significantly reduced unit cost, compared to downstream incentive programs which directly engage the consumer. This paper reviews the experience of investor-owned electric utilities with upstream incentive programs across the U.S. and provides some conclusions and program design recommendations.

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Source: Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
SEEA Energy Pro3 Report Finds Job Creation from Energy Efficiency Investments Outperforms Investments in Construction, Manufacturing and Renewables
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014

Atlanta, Georgia (June 30, 2014) – The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) is pleased to announce job creation impacts of its three-year, 13-city, Department of Energy (DOE)-funded energy efficiency retrofit consortium program.

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Source: Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
Predictions Made for High Performance Building
Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lexington, MA July 2, 2014 – Just hours before the end of the 2014 legislative session, Delaware lawmakers on Tuesday morning passed landmark legislation that will bring the state into parity with other states in the region by allowing its electric and gas utilities to provide energy efficiency programs to their customers and provide a major boost to the state’s efforts to reach its goals under a 2009-mandated Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS).

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Source: Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
MEEA Minute Monthly Newsletter - December 2013
Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013

Articles of interest in this newsletter edition include: a) MEEA Policy Webinar Recap: ACEEE 2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard-A Midwest Perspective, which included presentations highlighting utility energy efficiency programs, and building code adoption and compliance initiatives throughout several Midwest states; b) Event Recap: Better Buildings Better Business Conference, where Isaac Elnecave, Senior Policy Manager at MEEA, spoke about building energy codes in the Midwest, including the vision for energy code compliance improvement that will help achieve net zero energy buildings in the future.

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Source: Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Updating Building Energy Codes: How Much Can Your State Save?
Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

How much in energy and cost savings would your state realize if it updated its commercial building energy codes? You can find out in a new on-line publication from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The state-by-state reports were the product of a new building energy efficiency analysis tool developed by NIST.

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Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology
2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard Released
Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Energy efficiency measures are thriving in state capitals around the United States, with several states -- including Mississippi, Connecticut, Illinois, and West Virginia -- taking major steps that moved them up the ranks in the seventh annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by ACEEE. The leading states in building energy codes and compliance are California, Washington, and Rhode Island. During the past year, seven states adopted the latest iteration of building energy codes.

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Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
AZ Legislature Preserves Local Control of Building Energy Efficiency Codes
Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013

The 2013 Arizona legislature concluded on Friday, June 14, 2013 and preserved the ability of Arizona municipalities and their elected officials to make housing more affordable and to deliver cost-savings for constituents through the adoption of better building energy codes.

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Source: Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
Energy Code Improvements Adopted in Utah
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

This March, the Utah Legislature adopted the first meaningful update to Utah’s home energy standards in seven years, cutting energy waste in new homes. House Bill 202, sponsored by Representative Brad Wilson, adopts the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) on a statewide basis, including the complete commercial energy code provisions and a modified version of the residential provisions of the 2012 IECC.

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Source: Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
Mississippi Invests in Future Growth With Adoption of Best-in-Class Energy Efficiency Legislation
Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013

Mississippi has made energy efficiency a state-level priority and a tool for promoting economic competitiveness and job growth. In April, the Mississippi State Legislature also made headway in this area, adopting landmark legislation thatstrengthens the state's investment in energy efficiency infrastructure. They include updating Mississippi's commercial building code to ASHRAE 90.1-2010, and more.

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Source: Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
Washington State Home Builders Lead the Nation in Energy Code Compliance
Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Washington State Department of Commerce and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), representing an alliance of Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations, today announced a study of residential energy code compliance that shows Washington State is highest in the nation. In 2009, Washington State adopted one of the most rigorous residential building energy codes in the country. To determine whether Washington home builders met this challenge, NEEA commissioned a compliance study, which included 69 homes in 17 counties. Using two different methodologies, the study found compliance rates were 97 percent and 96 percent, respectively.

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Source: Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Leveraging Building Energy Codes to Maximize Energy Savings
Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013

New study provides guidance to states exploring options to link utility efficiency programs with energy codes savingsAs states increasingly look to utilities to play an active role in supporting building energy codes, a new report from a coalition of energy efficiency advocates, has been issued to provide guidance for how state regulatory commissions and energy offices can best develop and evaluate such efforts.

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Source: Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

News Category: National Policy

The Role of Building Energy Codes in the Clean Power Plan
Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014

In this paper we provide further support of our comment already submitted to the record, focusing on two aspects of the provision in order to determine whether building energy codes should be considered in setting the standards of performance.

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Source: ACEEE
Carbon Pollution Standards: What EPA is Doing
Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014

The Clean Air Act lays out distinct approaches for new and existing sources under Section 111: a federal program for new sources and state programs for existing sources.

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Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Predictions Made for High Performance Building
Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014

Net-zero energy buildings are so 2013. Net-positive energy buildings are the future. That was among the predictions for 2014 made by green builder Hammer and Hand for the US high performance building industry, who also predicts that building energy codes will move toward performance-based measures, as the limitations of prescriptive codes become more obvious to policy makers.

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Source: Energy Manager Today
Obama expands energy-efficiency program for buildings
Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Obama administration expanded an energy efficiency program Tuesday to include apartment complexes, condominiums and other multifamily buildings, the latest White House move to bolster efficiency as Congress remains stuck on the issue. The public-private program, the Better Buildings Challenge, is one of the many administration-level tools to which President Obama has resorted to advance energy-efficiency policies. That legislation, would establish voluntary efficiency building codes, offer workplace energy-efficiency training and encourage manufacturers to make efficiency upgrades.

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Source: Washington Examiner
Code Officials Defeat Proposal to Rollback Historic Efficiency Gains in America’s Model Energy Code
Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sound energy policy prevailed as local and state governmental officials rejected dozens of builder-sponsored home efficiency rollback proposals in a three-day marathon meeting convened by the International Code Council (ICC) to develop the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

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Source: Alliance to Save Energy
DOE Activities and Methodology for Assessing Compliance With Building Energy Codes RFI
Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

On August 6, DOE published an RFI on its methodology for assessing code compliance into the Federal Register. Based on feedback received from the individual state compliance pilot studies in 2011-2012, the RFI seeks input on DOE's methodology and fundamental assumptions from the general public.

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Source: U.S. Department of Energy Building Energy Codes Program

News Category: Energy Codes Development, Training and Tools

Energy Codes for Ultra-Low-Energy Buildings: A Critical Pathway to Zero Net Energy Buildings
Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A zero net energy (ZNE) building is a home or commercial building that on average produces as much energy as it uses, achieved through energy efficiency and renewable technologies. Building energy codes can help us transition to ZNE construction for new residential and commercial buildings by 2030.

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Source: ACEEE
White Paper #1 -- Construction, Code and Commerce: The Economic Impact of Commercial Energy Codes in the Southeast
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Construction, Code and Commerce: The Economic Impact of Commercial Energy Codes in the Southeast is the first in a series of white papers that will analyze the impact of building energy code adoption and implementation in the Southeast. For this white paper SEEA analyzed Reed commercial building construction data to better understand overall commercial construction trends in the southeastern states, and specifically to get a more complete understanding of the impact that newer state-level energy codes have had, and may have in the future, on the commercial building market across the region.

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Source: Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

News Category: Building Energy Efficiency

Getting to Zero Buildings Database
Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014

If you've been wondering where the greenest buildings are - including net-zero energy - take a look at New Building Institute's Getting to Zero Buildings Database.

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Nine of ten building plans fail basic test
Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014

Article outlining 2014 New York Department of Buildings effort to audit thousands of architectural plans for new and renovated office and residential buildings.

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Source: Crain’s New York Business
EPA Extends 111 D Comment Period
Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The EPA has extended the comment period for the Proposed Clean Power Plan to December 1, 2014.

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Source: EPA
Working government is not an oxymoron: How savings from federal agency actions on energy efficiency could save us $2.6 Trillion
Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

White paper released by ACEEE.

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Source: ACEEE
Cracking the TEAPOT: Technical, Economic, and Achievable Potential Studies
Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014

ACEEE released its new report “which has two goals: to educate stakeholders about how potential studies are carried out and to explore how savings estimates have changed over time.

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Source: ACEEE
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