Building Energy Codes News

News Category: Building Energy Efficiency

Savings from Building Energy Codes Are a Big Deal
Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2016

How much energy do building codes save over time? That's the question that a new report released last week from the Department of Energy (DOE) aims to answer -- and the answers show the results can be mammoth, both in terms of consumers' utility bill savings and avoided carbon emissions.

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Source: Green Building Advisior
ASHRAE/IES Publish 2016 Energy Efficiency Standard
Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2016

Numerous energy savings measures resulting from industry input are contained in the newly published energy efficiency standard from ASHRAE and IES. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, Energy Efficiency Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, contains 125 addenda published since the 2013 standard. The 2013 standard currently serves as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes. This 2016 version is the 10th edition published since the original standard was first published in 1975 during the energy crisis of the United States.

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Source: ASHRAE
Do Quality Insulation Installations Cost More?
Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

There appears to be market value for quality installation, but does that actually manifest itself in installer compensation? If so, how much is it worth?

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Source: Insulation Institute
Here’s how we scale up participation and savings in residential retrofits
Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Our new report explores some of the lingering challenges facing residential retrofit programs as well as strategies for growing participation while delivering anticipated savings. We include examples of current programs that use these strategies for better results.

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Source: ACEEE
Code Enforcement Improves in Most States
Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2016

Building code adoption and enforcement have improved in more than 70% of U.S. states tracked, according to a new analysis of the nation's code enforcement. From 2005 to 2015, 31 states improved, three were unchanged, and eight did not score as well, the study from ISO Community Hazard Mitigation found.

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Source: Builder Online
Kathleen Hogan Awarded 2016 Sammie for Career Achievement
Posted: Friday, September 30, 2016

Kathleen Hogan developed and expanded a series of pivotal national energy efficiency initiatives that have greatly reduced greenhouse gas emissions and saved American consumers and businesses billions of dollars.

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Source: Partnership for Public Service
A Modern, Integrated Power Grid: The Perfect Setting for Doing More and Using Less
Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

While the electric grid still supplies the majority of demand from centralized power grids, new technology is changing the "balance of power" and injecting complexity - and opportunity - into what used to be a relatively staid industry.

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Source: Alliance to Save Energy
Guide to Understanding What Builders Want from HERS Raters
Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Our in depth builder research reveals how HERS raters can deliver more value to builders and build more mutually beneficial relationships.

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Source: Insulation Institute
Proceedings of the 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2016

Proceedings of the 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings are available to view/download.

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Source: ACEEE
Can We Just Use Less AC? And How Buildings are Becoming More Efficient
Posted: Thursday, September 1, 2016

Blog post addresses he climate treaty, or COP21, which "requires" countries to limit their heat-trapping emissions to avoid temperature rises of no more than 2 degrees Celsius by mid century.

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Source: Energy Manager Today
Our new analysis finds energy efficiency is the 3rd largest resource in the US electric power sector
Posted: Friday, August 19, 2016

This paper tells the story of the efficiency resource in the electricity sector and its emission reduction benefits

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Source: ACEEE
ACEEE Presents 2016 Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings Awards
Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2016

ACEEE presented three Champion of Energy Efficiency awards last night at its 19th biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. The awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field.

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Source: ACEEE
Germany, Italy, and Japan Top World Energy Efficiency Rankings
Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ermany continues to lead the world in energy efficiency, followed by Italy and Japan (tied for second place), France, and the United Kingdom (not reflecting energy-related government changes in 2016), according to the 2016 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published today by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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Source: ACEEE
Energy Department Invests $19 Million to Improve Efficiency of Nation’s Buildings
Posted: Friday, July 15, 2016

The Energy Department announced today it is investing $19 million to improve the efficiency of our nation's homes, offices, schools, hospitals, restaurants and stores. These projects will develop advanced building technologies that will help American consumers and businesses save money on their utility bills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs.

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Source: US DOE
How Is DOE's Newest Campaign Proving That Commercial Lighting Upgrades Drive Savings?
Posted: Friday, July 1, 2016

In the past year, the Interior Lighting Campaign has seen tremendous success - with over 160 leading companies and organizations from the federal government, healthcare, education, real estate, hospitality and retail sectors signing on as participants and supporters.

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Source: Alliance to Save Energy
Explaining the unique energy burden of low-income households
Posted: Friday, May 20, 2016

In a recent report released by ACEEE and Energy Efficiency for All, Lifting the High Energy Burden in America's Largest Cities, we measured energy burdens in 48 of the largest cities in the United States.

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Source: ACEEE
DOE's Smart Energy Analytics Campaign
Posted: Monday, May 16, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will launch its Smart Energy Analytics Campaign in October of 2016, having previewed the campaign at the biannual Better Buildings Summit last week.

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Source: Alliance to Save Energy
Game-Changing Report Launch -- Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts: The Case For A Systems Approach To Energy Efficiency
Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Report Describes a Major Shift in Traditional Thinking about Buildings Efficiency that has been heralded as a Game Changer by Industry Partners.

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Source: Alliance to Save Energy

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Studies suggest that past rates of energy efficiency improvement can be sustained
Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2016

Paper discusses energy efficiency achievements in several countries over the past several decades and finds that energy efficiency improvements have reduced energy use by 0.6-2.0 % per year, varying by country and period studied.

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Source: ACEEE

News Category: Energy Codes Development, Training and Tools

How are Building Energy Codes Developed?
Posted: Monday, August 8, 2016

First in a series examining the three main steps in the codes process: how they are developed, adopted, and complied with. This post focuses on the first step: how energy codes are developed, and who develops them.

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Source: US DOE EERE

News Category: National Policy

Energy Department Releases Draft Updated Best Practices for Residential PACE Financing Programs
Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

As part of the Obama Administration's Clean Energy Savings for All Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released best practice guidelines for Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. PACE is an innovative mechanism for financing energy efficiency, solar, and related improvements.

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Source: US DOE
Progress on commercial building energy efficiency has been good, but more attention needed to decrease waste in several areas
Posted: Friday, July 1, 2016

Data recently released as part of the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) highlights changes in commercial sector energy demand between 2003 and 2012.

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Source: ACEEE
One Step Closer to the Next National Model Energy Code - What do proposed changes mean for you?
Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The development of this type of innovative product indicates the ever-increasing market demand for more energy-efficient homes. The importance of energy efficient housing has also been recognized by the nation's code officials who have consistently voted to increase the minimum levels of efficiency in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for almost a decade.

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Source: Builder
Energy Codes 101: What Are They and What is DOE's Role?
Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Here’s a primer on what energy codes are, how they are developed, adopted, and enforced, and what DOE’s role is in these processes. Future blog posts in this series will zoom into specific topics.

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Source: DOE EERE

News Category: States and Territories

Judge Rules Outer Banks Vacation Complex "Not a Single-Family Home"
Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A 20,000-square-foot beachfront mansion should not have been approved, a North Carolina appeals court has ruled.

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Source: Journal of Light Construction
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