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Document type: Other
Publication Date: September 2012
Page Focus: Adoption, Code Development, Compliance, Enforcement

Buildings account for almost 40% of the energy used in the United States and, as a direct result of that use, our environment and economy are impacted. Building energy codes and standards provide an effective response. The Building Energy Codes Program designed the Adoption, Compliance, and Enforcement (ACE) Learning Series for those in the building industry having the greatest potential to influence the adoption of and compliance with building energy codes and standards. Each toolkit in the ACE Learning Series delivers essential information to enable designers, specifiers, builders, building owners, policy makers, code officials, and others involved in building design and construction to understand the important role building energy codes play in helping us all address our energy, economic, and environmental challenges.

Document type: Other
Publication Date:
Page Focus: Adoption, Compliance

The Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs) are a series of publications designed to provide recommendations for achieving energy savings over the minimum code requirements of ASHRAE Standard 90.1. This is the first step in the process toward achieving a net zero energy building—defined as a building that, on an annual basis, draws equal or less energy from outside resources than it provides using on-site, renewable energy sources. The guides have been developed in coordination with the following organizations: the American Institute of Architects, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the U.S. Department of Energy. The New Building Institute participated in the development of the initial guide.

More information on the AEDGs may be found on the Building Technologies Office Commercial Buildings website.

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Document type: Reports and Studies
Publication Date: July 2008
Page Focus: Adoption, Compliance

This report described the results of a two-year Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance study intended to improve understanding of the new commercial building stock in the Pacific Northwest region. It provided a new regional baseline for practices in commercial buildings constructed between 2002 and 2004 and compared those practices with previous baseline and code compliance studies conducted from 1996 to 1998. The study also looked at changes in design professionals' attitudes toward energy efficiency across the same periods.

Document type: Other, Program Information, Reports and Studies
Publication Date: February 2010
Page Focus: Adoption, Code Development, Compliance

In order to provide a basic introduction to the varied and complex issues associated with building energy codes, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Codes Program, with valued assistance from the International Codes Council and ASHRAE, has prepared Building Energy Codes 101: An Introduction. This guide is designed to speak to a broad audience with an interest in building energy efficiency, including state energy officials, architects, engineers, designers, and members of the public.

Document type: Resource Guide
Publication Date: June 2011
Page Focus: Adoption, Code Development, Compliance

This guide provides key information to policy makers on energy codes and standards and offers guidance on how policy makers can support the creation of statewide energy efficiency goals and standards. In addition, this guide instructs policy makers on how they can:

  • Encourage the adoption of statewide codes.
  • Establish energy code awareness programs.
  • Support enforcement of and compliance with energy codes.
  • Participate in the development of model codes and standards.
  • Determine the viability of the new code.
Document type: Other
Publication Date: April 2006
Page Focus: Adoption, Compliance

This document is to be used to guide the efforts associated with conducting evaluations of California’s energy efficiency programs and program portfolios launched after December 31, 2005, and includes the Codes and Standards Program Evaluation Protocol, which is designed to guide evaluation approaches for codes and standards programs.

Document type: Other
Publication Date:
Page Focus: Adoption, Compliance

This document presents a consistent, systemized, cyclic approach for planning and conducting evaluations of California's energy efficiency and resource acquisition programs, and provides valuable information concerning when evaluations should be conducted, the types of evaluation that can be conducted, and a discussion of approaches for conducting those studies.

Document type: Reports and Studies
Publication Date: September 2011
Page Focus: Adoption, Compliance

Conformity assessment is a term used to describe the processes followed to demonstrate that a product, service, management system, or body meets specified requirements, such as standards, codes, laws, regulations, or other criteria. With respect to energy codes, conformity assessment includes all activities and tasks undertaken by any number of entities to ensure that the provisions of an adopted energy code are achieved at a designated point in time. This report identifies and discusses conformity assessment activities and provides guidance for developing new or adjusting existing ways of verifying compliance. In addition, this report looks at different ways to ensure that the energy efficiency goals of an adopted code or standard are achieved.

Document type: Reports and Studies
Publication Date: April 2009
Page Focus: Adoption, Code Development, Compliance

At the request of the U.S. Department of Energy, the Joint Global Change Research Institute has prepared a series of reports surveying building energy codes in seven of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Energy and Climate (APP) countries. These reports include country reports on building energy codes in each APP partner country and a comparative report based on the country reports.

Document type: Brochures/Fliers, Program Information
Publication Date: July 2011
Page Focus: Adoption, Code Development, Compliance

As our country continues to focus on saving energy and reducing emissions in the face of global climate change, it is turning to the building sector for viable solutions. The effects of energy use in residential and commercial buildings are nationwide, worldwide and varied. In the U.S. alone, residential and commercial buildings account for 40% of all energy consumption and 70% of electricity usage.

Document type: Reports and Studies
Publication Date: May 2014
Page Focus: Adoption, Code Development, Compliance, Residential

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory analyzed the relationship between the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index and the traditional simulation-based Performance Path used in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The analysis evaluates, for a single-family residence with various characteristics, the ranges of HERS Index values that would imply compliance with the 2012 IECC Performance Path. Several building characteristics considered likely to result in quantifiable differences in the outcomes of the two approaches, or otherwise believed to be of interest to code developers and policy makers, are considered in the analysis.

Document type: Analysis
Publication Date: October 2016
Page Focus: Adoption, Compliance, Enforcement

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), funded by DOE, conducted an assessment of the prospective impacts of national model building energy codes from 2010 through 2040. A previous PNNL study evaluated the impact of the Building Energy Codes Program1; this study looked more broadly at overall code impacts. This report describes the methodology used for the assessment and presents the impacts in terms of energy savings, consumer cost savings, and reduced CO2 emissions at the state level and at aggregated levels.

Document type: Analysis, Reports and Studies
Publication Date: March 2017
Page Focus: Adoption, Compliance

This study used a three-step process to evaluate the degree to which high-impact controls requirements included in commercial energy codes are realizing their savings potential. The three-step process included: (1) interviews of commissioning agents; (2) field audits of a sample of commercial buildings to determine how well control measures are being designed, commissioned and correctly implemented; and (3) analysis of the information gathered.

Document type: Resource Guide
Publication Date: September 2012
Page Focus: Adoption, Code Development, Compliance

This guide provides information for anyone dealing with a lighting energy code or standard. It provides background and development information to help readers understand the basis for requirements and their intent. The guide also provides detailed explanations of the major types of requirements such that users can more effectively design to meet compliance while applying the most flexibility possible.

Document type: Reports and Studies
Publication Date: May 2007
Page Focus: Adoption, Compliance

The goal of the study was twofold: 1) to refine the original estimates made of noncompliance, initial market penetration, and naturally occurring market adoption rates by researching and analyzing the factors contributing to each parameter; and 2) to test the 2006 California Energy Efficiency Evaluation Protocols (Evaluation Protocols) as it applies to determining net savings resulting from Program activities.