Building Energy Codes News

News Category: Building Energy Efficiency

Peering into energy's crystal ball
Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Back in 2007, McKinsey did two pieces of groundbreaking research that still inform how I think about energy–the resource-productivity framework and the greenhouse-gas cost curve (exhibit). And then, with metaphorical holding of breath, we made forecasts based on that work. My colleague Matt Rogers and I thought it would be interesting to look back at these predictions–which were broadly on target, with a few clunkers–and then consider what might come next.

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Source: McKinsey & Company
NEEA receives a "Strategic energy management" award from ACEEE
Posted: Thursday, August 6, 2015

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) presented four Champion of Energy Efficiency Awards last night at its Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry. The awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the industrial energy efficiency field. Winners are selected based on demonstrated excellence in industrial leadership, lifetime achievement, research and development, implementation and deployment, or energy policy.

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Source: NEEA
Is Energy Efficiency Cost Effective?
Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2015

Some of the bigger benefits of energy efficiency have nothing to do with utility bill savings, says BUILDER blogger Suzanne Shelton.

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Source: Builder Online
NIBS and NBI release report - Getting to Outcome-Based Performance
Posted: Monday, June 22, 2015

Last summer, a group of thought leaders from the building industry gathered in Seattle, Washington, for the Getting to Outcome-Based Performance Summit to examine the opportunities, barriers and next steps that will transition the commercial building industry from estimating energy use, based on models in the design phase, to measuring real performance outcomes, based on actual energy use in an occupied building. Today, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and New Buildings Institute (NBI) released the report, Getting to Outcome-Based Performance, which summarizes the results of that 2014 meeting. 

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Source: New Buildings Institute
ACEEE Blog Post on Aligning Utility Business Models and Energy Efficiency
Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

ACEEE released a series of three new reports on a range of topics related to utility business models and energy efficiency. They examined practices state by state across the United States, interviewed stakeholders for case studies of several state examples, and documented lessons learned.

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Source: ACEEE
Design Guide Helps Grocery Stores Cut Energy Use
Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2015

Grocery stores are responsible for approximately 9% of the total energy consumed by commercial buildings in the U.S. To reduce this energy impact, a newly released Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores demonstrates how to cut typical energy use in half, conserving approximately 8 billion Btus of energy per year, per store - equivalent to the amount of energy consumed by 148 homes during the same period.

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Source: DOE EERE
Super Green Affordable Housing Introduces Passive Design to the Masses: multifamily housing projects that meet Passive House standards
Posted: Sunday, May 3, 2015

Multifamily housing projects that meet Passive House standards are bringing European-style energy efficiency to a new demographic in the United States.

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Source: Dwell Media LLC.
Energy Code Compliance Can Cut Down On Callbacks
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Many builders and code officials are realizing that compliance with the most recent energy codes helps produce a structure that’s not just energy efficient, but one that’s safe, comfortable, resilient, and free of defects for occupants.

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Source: Builder Online
Aging of Nation's Code Officials Provides Emerging Opportunity for RESNET HERS Raters Becoming Energy Code Inspectors
Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

At the recent 2015 RESNET Building Performance Conference Mark Johnson, Executive Vice President of the International Code Council (ICC), addressed a challenge to the nation’s building code infrastructure.

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Source: RESNET
Passive House Institute Launches 'Cost-Effective' Passive Building Standard
Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2015

The group says the building energy performance target is in the "sweet spot" where cost effectiveness overlaps with aggressive energy and carbon reduction.

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Source: Building Design and Construction
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

News Category: National Policy

Energy Efficiency in Senate Bills will Make US Economy Healthier - But One Bill Contains a Poison Pill
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015

Today the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted out two bills—one shepherded by Energy and Natural Resources Committee chair, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) (the Energy Policy Modernization Act), and the other written by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) (the Energy Efficiency and Industrial Competitiveness Act, S. 720).

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Source: ACEEE
Energy Efficiency a Key Compliance Strategy for States in EPA Final Clean Power Plan Rule
Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Today's final rule includes a new proposed early credit program for energy efficiency savings achieved in 2020 and 2021 in low-income communities. The rule also clarifies a number of particulars regarding the broad range of energy efficiency savings that can be counted, increasing the likelihood that states will include energy efficiency in their plans.

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Source: ACEEE
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

News Category: States and Territories

Pilot Program Takes Energy-Efficient Homes to a New Level
Posted: Monday, March 23, 2015

An innovative home performance pilot program is increasing insight into the most cost-effective ways to maximize energy savings in residential new construction. A partnership of builders and utilities across the Northwest is participating in the pilot, which aims to shape future energy efficiency standards for newly constructed homes throughout the region.

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Source: NEEA
Construction, Codes, and Commerce: Residential Construction Data Review (2005-2013)
Posted: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

For this report, entitled Construction, Codes, and Commerce: Residential Construction Data Review (2005-2013), SEEA examines the relationship between implemented residential building energy codes and new, single-family residential construction permit data from 2005 to 2013 in SEEA's 11-state region across the Southeast.

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Source: SEEA
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

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
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