Step 8. Receive Assistance on Energy Code and Adoption Questions
Building Energy Codes Program (BECP)
BECP is an information resource on national energy codes and green building programs. BECP works with other government agencies, state and local jurisdictions, national code organizations, and industry to promote stronger building energy codes and help states adopt, implement, and enforce those codes.
Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP)
BCAP is an initiative of the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and the Natural Resources Defense Council that provides states with code advocacy assistance on behalf of DOE.
International Code Council (ICC)
The ICC is a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention. ICC develops the codes and standards used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. ICC is the publisher of the IECC, the National Green Building Standard, and the IgCC. The ICC is a resource for code books and training and has local chapters that are active in most states.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
ASHRAE is an international membership organization for advancing HVAC and refrigeration through research, standards writing, publishing, and continuing education. ASHRAE is a resource for standards, education, research, and training. Local chapters are active throughout the country. ASHRAE is the publisher of Standards 90.1 and 189.1.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
ACEEE is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection. Projects are carried out by ACEEE staff and collaborators from government, the private sector, research institutions, and other non-profit organizations.
Building Technologies Office (BTO)
DOE's BTO works to secure America's future with energy-efficient buildings by working with a network of research and industry partners to develop innovative, cost-effective energy solutions for buildings.
Building America is an industry-driven, cost-shared research program working with national laboratories and building science research teams to accelerate the development and adoption of advanced building energy technologies and practices in new and existing homes. The program works closely with industry partners to develop innovative, real-world solutions that achieve significant energy and cost savings for homeowners and builders.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)
ARRA is an economic stimulus bill with three immediate goals: create new jobs and save existing ones, spur economic activity and invest in long-term growth, and foster unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending.
Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)
SWEEP is a regional non-profit organization that promotes greater energy efficiency in a six-state region that includes Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming and facilitates regional partnerships. SWEEP programs include buildings and energy codes, utilities, transportation, industrial efficiency, and combined heat and power.
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
NEEP is a regional non-profit organization that facilitates regional partnerships to advance the efficient use of energy in homes, buildings, and industry in the northeast states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the mid-Atlantic states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)
MEEA is a regional non-profit organization that facilitates regional partnerships. As a central source for information and action, MEEA raises awareness, facilitates energy efficiency programs, and strengthens policy across the Midwest region, including the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA)
NEEA is a regional non-profit organization that facilitates regional partnerships. NEEA's mission is to mobilize the Pacific Northwest to become increasingly energy efficient for a sustainable future. NEEA works with the states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon.
Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA)
SEEA is a regional non-profit organization that facilitates regional partnerships to promote and achieve energy efficiency through networking, program activities, and education. SEEA is active in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
National Institute of Building Science's Whole Building Design Guide
This website provides significant guidance on integrated design and specific design elements for the whole building.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center
The NAHB Research Center's TOOLBASE.ORG website is a resource for technical information on building products, materials, new technologies, business management, and housing systems.
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
USGBC is a non-profit organization responsible for LEED, the internationally recognized green building certification system. LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions. The LEED rating systems are developed through an open, consensus-based process led by LEED committees, diverse groups of volunteers representing a cross-section of the building and construction industry. Key elements of the process include a balanced and transparent committee structure, technical advisory groups that ensure scientific consistency and rigor, opportunities for stakeholder comment and review, member ballot of new rating systems, and fair and open appeals. The USGBC website provides research on a wide range of topics related to sustainable construction and development, not limited to those associated with LEED.
New Buildings Institute (NBI)
NBI is a non-profit organization working to improve the energy performance of commercial buildings. NBI works collaboratively with commercial building market players—governments, utilities, energy efficiency advocates, and building professionals—to remove barriers to energy efficiency, including promoting advanced design practices, improved technologies, public policies, and programs that improve energy efficiency.
NBI, in partnership with Advanced Buildings, publishes the Core Performance Guide. Core Performance is a direct, simplified approach to achieve predictable energy savings in small- to medium-sized buildings without the need for modeling. Core Performance brings together over 30 criteria defining high performance in building envelope, lighting, HVAC, power systems, and controls. With its well-organized and easy-to-use guide, building design and construction professionals gain access to quantitative and descriptive specifications for exceeding state and national energy standards such as ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 by up to 25%.
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
AIA is a professional membership association for licensed architects and serves as the voice of the architecture profession. The AIA achieves its goals of advocacy, information, and community by sponsoring continuing education experiences, setting industry standards in contract documents, providing web-based resources for emerging professionals, and conducting market research and analysis, among others.
Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
AGC is the leading association in the construction industry. AGC provides a full range of services satisfying the needs and concerns of its members, thereby improving the quality of construction and protecting the public interest.
Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
BOMA is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations whose mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. BOMA International is a primary source of information on building management and operations, development, leasing, building operating costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes, legislation, occupancy statistics, technological developments and other industry trends.
Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
CSI is a national association comprising volunteers, including specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors, facility managers, product representatives, manufacturers, owners and others who are experts in building construction and materials. CSI is dedicated to improving the communication of construction information through a diversified membership base of construction professionals, continuous development and transformation of standards and formats, education and certification of professionals, and the creation of practice tools to assist users throughout the facility life-cycle.
Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
IES, formerly the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), is the recognized technical authority on illumination. The objective of IES is to communicate information on all aspects of good lighting practice to its members, to the lighting community, and to consumers through a variety of programs, publications, and services. IES is a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, and a vehicle for its members' professional development and recognition. Through technical committees, with hundreds of qualified individuals from the lighting and user communities, IES correlates research, investigations, and discussions to guide lighting professionals and lay persons via consensus-based lighting recommendations.
National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)
NASEO is a non-profit organization comprising the governor-designated energy officials from each state and territory. The organization was created to improve the effectiveness and quality of state energy programs and policies, provide policy input and analysis, share successes among the states, and to be a repository of information on issues of particular concern to the states and their citizens.
National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM)
NASFM is a non-profit association of senior fire officials throughout the United States. While the Fire Marshals' responsibilities vary from state to state, most Marshals tend to be responsible for fire safety code adoption and enforcement, fire and arson investigation, fire incident data reporting and analysis, public education and advising governors and state legislatures on fire protection.
National Governors Association (NGA)
NGA is a bipartisan organization of the nation's governors that promotes visionary state leadership, shares best practices, and speaks with a collective voice on national policy. Through NGA, governors identify priority issues and deal collectively with matters of public policy and governance at the state and national levels.
National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)
NIBS is a non-profit, non-governmental organization bringing together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to focus on the identification and resolution of problems and potential problems that hamper the construction of safe, affordable structures for housing, commerce and industry throughout the United States. The Institute provides an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors of the economy with respect to the use of building science and technology. Congress recognized that the lack of such an authoritative voice was a burden on all those who plan, design, procure, construct, use, operate, maintain and retire physical facilities, and that this burden frequently resulted from failure to take full advantage of new useful technology that could improve our living environment.
National Multi Housing Council (NMHC)
NMHC serves as the apartment industry's primary advocate on legislative and regulatory matters. The Council conducts apartment-related research, produces strategic information on business-related issues, and promotes the desirability of apartment living. NMHC actively helps shape legislation and regulations that affect the industry and concentrates on public policies that are of strategic importance to participants in multifamily housing, including housing and finance, tax, technology, property management, environmental and building codes.
Responsible Energy Codes Alliance (RECA)
RECA is an organization that believes that a single nationwide building energy efficiency code is in the best interest of building and homeowners, operators and builders, manufacturers, and the general public welfare. The primary mission of RECA is to promote the adoption, implementation, and enforcement of the most recent version of the IECC nationwide.