Building Energy Codes Program

Building Jurisdiction Survey

The following sample survey questions were designed for use by states wishing to conduct a survey of their building jurisdictions as one method of better understanding energy code compliance rates in their state. The use of surveys for this purpose is discussed in the Measuring State Energy Code Compliance document, available at, which was recently released by DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program (BECP). As stated in this document, jurisdictional surveys alone are not a statistically valid method for deriving a state code compliance rate, but are valuable for informing the state of practices in their jurisdictions and for identifying specific training needs by location.

 There are many alternative ways to administer the jurisdictional surveys:

  1. Where states choose to do onsite evaluations of buildings, the evaluators are encouraged to complete a jurisdictional survey as part of their visit to each jurisdiction. Conducting the survey in person is the preferred approach, and will secure the highest response rate.
  2. The state may choose to send the surveys by mail. In this case, the state will want to develop some introductory information to accompany the survey which provides a compelling reason why the survey should be completed.
  3. The BECP will also provide an online survey tool. The tool will also provide information about the value of the survey and how the results will be used.

The online survey tool will by default contain the following set of standard questions. States will have the option to remove and add questions. States are encouraged, however, to use the standard questions as provided in order to have consistent and comparable results across states. Results from the online survey will be stored in a centralized database where they can be aggregated to provide various views of state, regional, and national results. Regardless of which approach is used, the BECP can assist states in adding their survey results into this same centralized database.

All survey data contributed to this effort will further become part of a study attempting to correlate jurisdictional best practices with measured code compliance rates. The results of such a study will be made publically available, but the individual jurisdictional survey results will be considered confidential and will not be distributed.

  A note on privacy
This survey is anonymous.
The record kept of your survey responses does not contain any identifying information about you unless a specific question in the survey has asked for this. If you have responded to a survey that used an identifying token to allow you to access the survey, you can rest assured that the identifying token is not kept with your responses. It is managed in a separate database, and will only be updated to indicate that you have (or haven't) completed this survey. There is no way of matching identification tokens with survey responses in this survey.