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Document type: Code Notes
Publication Date: March 2011
Page Focus: Compliance

Automatic shutoff capability for all interior building lighting (with exceptions) is required by ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 (as well as previous versions back to 1999) and the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (including versions back to 2003) for buildings over 5,000ft2.

Document type: Code Notes
Publication Date: June 2011
Page Focus: Compliance

The 2009 International Energy Conservation Code requires openings in the building envelope to be sealed to prevent air leakage into and out of the space, including an air barrier at insulation installations.

Document type: Code Notes
Publication Date: August 2012
Page Focus: Compliance

A demand control ventilation (DCV) system is an integral part of a building’s ventilation design. It adjusts outside ventilation air based on the number of occupants and the ventilation demands that those occupants create

Document type: Code Notes
Publication Date: May 2012
Page Focus: Compliance

Duct insulation and sealing, especially insulated supply ducts delivering conditioned air within a building, save energy. The intent of energy efficiency codes, as related to duct insulation and sealing, is to keep mechanically warmed or cooled air as close to a constant, desired temperature as possible and prevent the conditioned air from escaping the duct system while it is being moved to spaces where it is needed. If reduced heat transfer through insulated ducts is accounted for in the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) load calculations, it may even be possible to reduce the size of HVAC equipment.

Document type: Code Notes
Publication Date: August 2012
Page Focus: Compliance

The intent of the pipe insulation requirements is to reduce temperature changes while fluids are being transported through piping associated with heating, cooling or service hot water (SHW) systems, thereby saving energy and reducing operating costs.

Document type: Code Notes
Publication Date: August 2012
Page Focus: Compliance

Kitchen and dining facilities use a large amount of energy per floor area. Kitchen exhaust hoods contribute greatly to that energy use. Energy is used both to operate fans and to heat and cool makeup air that is then exhausted.

Document type: Code Notes
Publication Date: October 2011
Page Focus: Compliance

ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010 and the commercial provisions of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code require that the building envelope be carefully designed to limit uncontrolled air leakage into and out of the building.

Document type: Code Notes
Publication Date: June 2018
Page Focus: Compliance

The intent of the vestibule requirement is to reduce infiltration of air into a space, thereby addressing energy conservation and comfort issues for occupants located near primary entrance doors. The majority of infiltration comes through primary entrance doors that are typically used to access public areas, and have higher usage rates than doors classified for personnel use. Vestibules can reduce the infiltration losses (or gains) from wind and stack effects by creating an air lock entry.