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Document type: Other
Publication Date: September 2012
Page Focus: Compliance

The compliance toolkit describes the steps that should be taken by the build community to make sure that their buildings meet the requirements of the energy codes in effect where the buildings are being built and that the building designs are well documented so that the enforcement community can quickly and easily determine if the building meets the requirement of the energy code.

This toolkit describes the steps that should be taken by the build community to make sure that their buildings meet the requirements of the energy codes in effect where the buildings are being built and that the building designs are well documented so that the enforcement community can quickly and easily determine if the building meets the requirement of the energy code.

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: September 2013
Page Focus: Compliance

This document, concerning Activities and Methodology for Assessing Compliance with Building Energy Codes, is an action issued by the Department of Energy. Though it is not intended or expected, should any discrepancy occur between the document posted here and the document published in the Federal Register, the Federal Register publication controls. This document is being made available through the Internet solely as a means to facilitate the public's access to this document.

[6450-01-P]
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
[Docket No. EERE-2013-BT-BC-0036]
Activities and Methodology for Assessing Compliance with Building Energy Codes
AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.
ACTION: Notice of reopening of public comment period.

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: State-specific
Publication Date: September 2012
Page Focus: Compliance, Enforcement

This Guide is designed to assist state and local code jurisdictions in achieving statewide compliance with the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for residential buildings and ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 for commercial buildings.

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: 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: Resource Guide
Publication Date: October 2010
Page Focus: Compliance

The guide includes practical plan review and inspection resources, including the U.S. Department of Energy Building Energy Codes Program's REScheck™ and COMcheck™ quick reference guides, case studies, and sample inspection checklists; as well as excerpts from International Code Council's commentaries, workbooks, and code companion materials.

This collection also includes many other helpful items and points to further resources available on the web. Residential and commercial building officials can easily add state and local guidance in order to use this binder as a one-stop resource to support compliance in the field.

Document type: Reports and Studies
Publication Date: August 2007
Page Focus: Compliance, Enforcement

A study funded by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association to identify "the best practices in energy code support, compliance, and enforcement, and...[to promote and replicate] those best practices in other municipalities across Arizona."

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: Resource Guide
Publication Date: September 2011
Page Focus: Compliance

This guide provides key information on energy codes tailored for architects and provides guidance on how they can support the adoption of new or updated energy codes and the resources needed to ensure compliance with what is adopted. The guide also includes information on the importance of architects in the development and compliance verification processes; information on the interface between codes and the design process; design and compliance tools; information on building construction and commissioning, and many other resources that are key to helping architects understand the important role energy codes through the design process play in addressing our energy, economic and environmental challenges.

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: 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: 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: State-specific
Publication Date: September 2015
Page Focus: Compliance

In accordance with the provisions of Section 304 of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (ECPA), as amended under 42 U.S.C 6833(b)(2)(B)(i) and 42 U.S.C 6833 (a)(l), each state must file certification statements to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that it has reviewed the provisions of its building codes regarding energy efficiency and make a determination as to whether to update its code to meet or exceed the 2015 IECC, as well as ASHRAE 90.1-2013.

In 2010, the State of Hawaii adopted the 2006 IECC with amendments as the State Energy Conservation Code, referenced herein as the Hawaii Energy Code (HEC). The Hawaii State Energy Office has contracted with the Britt/Makela Group (BMG) team to provide analyses of proposed amendments to residential and commercial provisions of the 2015 IECC. The outcome of this analysis will be to facilitate adoption at the state and county level. In addition, the analysis provides a basis for the Hawaii State Energy Office to...

Document type: Resource Guide
Publication Date: September 2011
Page Focus: Compliance

Ensuring compliance with HVAC control requirements is difficult, as controls can be difficult to identify on plans or in the building, yet it is a crucial task. HVAC controls are a key driver of building performance and without compliance and enforcement activities, the code requirements may be ignored, overlooked, or misunderstood.

This guide provides an aid that will make it easier to apply the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control requirements found in building energy codes and addresses requirements defined by 2009 and 2012 editions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010.

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: 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: State-specific
Publication Date: September 2012
Page Focus: Compliance, Enforcement

This Guide is designed to assist state and local code jurisdictions in achieving statewide compliance with the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for residential buildings and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 for commercial buildings.

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: 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: 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: State-specific
Publication Date: September 2012
Page Focus: Compliance, Enforcement

This Guide is designed to assist state and local code jurisdictions in achieving statewide compliance with the 2009 International Energy Conservation ...

Document type: State-specific
Publication Date: July 2017
Page Focus: Compliance

In compliance with Title III of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (ECPA) of 1976, as amended, this is to certify that the State of Oregon has adopted the 2014 Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code, which is deemed to be equivalent to energy provisions of ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013 for commercial buildings.

Document type: Technical Support Document
Publication Date: September 2012
Page Focus: Compliance

This technical support document (TSD) is designed to explain the technical basis for the COMcheck software as originally developed based on the ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-1989 (Standard 90.1-1989). Documentation for other national model codes and standards and specific state energy codes supported in COMcheck has been added to this report as appendices. These appendices are intended to provide technical documentation for features specific to the supported codes and for any changes made for state-specific codes that differ from the standard features that support compliance with the national model codes and standards. Beginning with COMcheck version 3.8.0, support for 90.1-1989, 90.1-1999, and the 1998 IECC and version 3.9.0 support for 2000 and 2001 IECC are no longer included, but those sections remain in this document for reference purposes.

Document type: State-specific
Publication Date: April 2015
Page Focus: Compliance

The State of Tennessee, Department of Commerce and Insurance, Division of Fire Prevention, previously sent a letter, dated July 18, 2013, to the U.S., Department of Energy certifying that it had adopted the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for one and two family dwellings and townhouses and non-State owned commercial buildings, and the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1-2007 for State buildings.

In that letter, the State of Tennessee sought an extension until March 31, 2015, to review and consider adoption of updated editions of the IECC and ASHRAE standards to comply with the certification requirements of Section 304(C) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).  However, due to the current political environment and coinciding circumstances, the State of Tennessee requests additional time, specifically December 1, 2015, in which to adopt the 2009 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2010.

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Document type: State-specific
Publication Date: September 2012
Page Focus: Compliance, Enforcement

This Guide is designed to assist state and local code jurisdictions in achieving statewide compliance with the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for residential buildings and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 for commercial buildings.

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.