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Document type: Model Data
Publication Date: May 2012
Page Focus: Code Development

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) prototype building models (prototype models) were developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), in support of DOE's Building Energy Codes Program (BECP), to simulate energy savings associated with changes in energy codes and standards. For residential buildings, PNNL utilized two base prototypes to simulate both Single-family detached house, and Multi-family low-rise apartment building types. Energy models for the 2006, 2009 and 2012 versions of the IECC are available for each state.

This set of IECC Prototype Building Models is for the state of North Carolina, using the 2006 IECC as the baseline code.

Each ZIP file includes EnergyPlus model input files (.idf) and corresponding output files (.html).

Document type: State-specific, Technical Assistance report
Publication Date: September 2009
Page Focus: Adoption

This analysis of residential energy code compares the requirements of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with the residential code—or typical construction practice in the absence of a code—in most states as of June 2009. The results, which include estimated typical energy savings of updating each state’s code to the 2009 IECC, are provided in chapters specific to each state.

Several states have either not adopted a mandatory energy code or developed their own codes which have minimal or no connection to the IECC. The latter—including California, Florida, Oregon, and Washington— were not included in this analysis because the codes in these states would be difficult to appropriately compare to the 2009 IECC and most of these states have energy offices that have already assessed the IECC on their own.

Document type: Reports and Studies
Publication Date: August 2017
Page Focus: Compliance, Residential

A research project in the State of North Carolina identified opportunities to reduce homeowner utility bills in residential single-family new construction by increasing compliance with the state energy code. The study was initiated in January 2015 and continued through September 2015. During this period, research teams visited 249 homes during various stages of construction, resulting in a substantial data set based on observations made directly in the field. Analysis of the data has led to a better understanding of the energy features present in homes, and indicates over $1.5 million in potential annual savings to North Carolina homeowners that could result from increased code compliance.

Document type: State-specific
Publication Date: July 2013
Page Focus: Adoption

In response to the U.S. Department of Energy's July 19, 2011 notice of determination in the Federal Register, North Carolina certifies that it has reviewed and updated the provisions of the 2012 North Carolina Energy Conservation Code governing residential building energy efficiency to meet or exceed the requirements of the 2009 Internation Energy Conservation Code. 

Document type: Analysis
Publication Date: February 2015
Page Focus: Code Development

These analyses evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the prescriptive path of the 2015 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), relative to the 2006 IECC for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The analysis covers one- and two-family dwelling units, town-homes, and low-rise multifamily residential buildings covered by the residential provisions of the 2015 IECC. These reports were originally published in October 2015, and updated in February 2016 to update numbers reported in certain results tables.