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News about energy code implementation and support.


ASHRAE 90.1 Portal Offers Centralized Resource

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A new online portal makes it easier than ever for building professionals to access the suite of resources related to ASHRAE Standard 90.1.

Illinois Reviews 2018 IECC for Adoption

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

In December, the Illinois Energy Code Advisory Council (IECAC) started to review the 2018 IECC for adoption. The opportunity to comment on and submit amendments to the commercial and residential chapters will be open until March 31, 2018.

Educational Sector Leads on Zero Energy Buildings, but Lacks Retrofits

Monday, January 29, 2018

New Buildings Institute (NBI) recently released its Zero Energy* Buildings List with nearly 500 verified or emerging commercial buildings projects. Educational facilities continue to outpace other sectors by large margins with 26 verified zero energy (ZE) projects and 152 more underway.

Five Years and a Million Stronger

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Five years ago, Building America launched an interactive resource for high-performance home construction. Today, the Building Technologies Office’s Building America Solution Center continues to skyrocket in popularity, growing from about 77,000 users in 2013 to more than 298,000 users in 2017.

Unlocking Innovative Design for Better Schools

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings: Achieving Zero Energy (AEDG) was recently released to support elementary, middle, and high schools in their pursuit of zero energy performance goals for deep retrofits and new construction projects.

Moving Daylighting into a New Era

Friday, December 29, 2017

In the energy efficiency world, we know that if there are specific and tangible non-energy benefits to energy conserving measures, it can be a game changer to motivating the implementation of these measures. One example of this is the work and research performed on the connection between daylighting and productivity.

That's a Wrap: 8th Annual Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference

Friday, December 15, 2017

Conference Overview: Experts presented on ways to cost-effectively build to net-zero, the importance of engaging the real estate community to further building efficiency policies, advancements in building technologies and new above-code commercial and residential standards available for jurisdictions seeking to adopt a stretch code or above-code programs.

Stories behind the rankings: These successes reveal benefits of saving energy

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Residents and businesses across the country are saving energy and money thanks to smart state policies. Their stories help explain why some states climbed in our 2017 State Scorecard or maintained strong standings. This year for the first time, we included stories of individuals and communities in our state-specific score sheets. 

Outlook Remains Positive for Townhouse Construction Amid Continued Growth

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The long-run prospects for townhouse construction are positive given large numbers of homebuyers looking for medium density residential neighborhoods, such as urban villages that offer walkable environments and other amenities.

Tiny Homes Surge in Popularity under New Regulations

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Un-permitted tiny homes that are off the grid have the potential to cause serious forest fires, according to Cococino County’s sustainable building program manager, Amanda Acheson. The new standards require entrance and exit opportunities in case of emergency, and regulate the placement of features like wood stoves and electrical boxes.

Why Houston’s Newer Homes Fared Better During Harvey

Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Houston building requirement that new homes be built at least 12 inches above expected flood levels minimized damage to new homes during Hurricane Harvey and its record flooding.

New Findings Emerge from HERS Program

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Giving consideration to the ERI and IECC requirements, this blog will present some data points from homes that received a HERS rating between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2017. Using data from homes built in the last two years can help shed light on recent construction practices and how they relate to energy code compliance.

Energy Code Key to Life-Safety Code

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

We’re here to correct the record: The energy code fundamentally improves the durability of buildings as well as the health and safety of us humans inside. It’s not just a "nice-to-have."

The 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

This eleventh edition of the ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard again benchmarks state progress on efficiency policies and programs that save energy while benefiting the environment and promoting growth.

Energy Efficiency Day 2017: Perspectives on What’s Coming Next from the Building Technologies Office Community

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Today the energy efficiency community is coming together for Energy Efficiency Day 2017, a day to discuss the great benefits and opportunities for America from energy efficiency.

The Demand for Hers Ratings Continues Growth in First Half Of 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The demand for HERS Index ratings is continuing to grow. In the first half of 2017, 106,867 homes were uploaded to the RESNET National Registry. During this time in 2016, there were 99,868 homes uploaded into the registry. This totals 6,999 more homes over the same time period of our record breaking 2016. This growth reflects a HERS Industry that is in good health.

ICYMI: Nearly 250 Attended the Free Why Proper Insulation Installation Matters Webinar

Monday, August 14, 2017

On August 10, nearly 250 rating industry professionals joined us for the Why Proper Insulation Matters Webinar with NAIMA's Director of Technical Services, Charlie Haack.

Ultra-low energy retrofits show promising growth across the US

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The United States is seeing a promising upward trend in ultra-low energy (ULE) buildings. While much of this progress has occurred with new construction, it is beginning to spread to existing buildings. Over the past decade, a small but growing number of ULE building retrofit projects have been documented in more than 20 states.

ICC Partnership With ASHRAE, AIA, USGBC And IES Means Higher Performing Buildings Will Be Easier To Achieve

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The integrated document, coined the "IgCC powered by 189.1," will become the 2018 version of the IgCC (2018-IgCC), due to be published in summer 2018.

Shaunna Mozingo lives and breathes energy codes

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Colorado Energy Codes Collaborative and Regional Codes Leadership Group member receives one of the nation's top awards for advancing energy codes

Exploring the Consumer Path-ToPurchase for New Construction Homes

Monday, April 10, 2017

The objective of the study was to inform intervention strategies designed to overcome the Next Step Homes initiative's barrier of consumer awareness. Qualitative research focused on recent purchasers of new construction homes in the Northwest region. The results in this Power Point report include: The new construction homeowner path-to-purchase; Attitudes, influences and needs within the path-to-purchase; The experiences and interactions with builders throughout the process; Perceptions and attitudes regarding energy efficiency as a consideration during the construction process

New York Builder Wins RESNET Prize

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A house built to the Passive House standard in upstate New York has been recognized in this year's Cross Border Challenge for having the lowest HERS Index score among U.S. custom built homes.

Task Tuning In Commercial Buildings: A Field Study

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Task tuning has the potential to save up to 35% of lighting energy without decreasing occupant satisfaction. But, as with any new technology, there is a knowledge barrier to overcome. To facilitate adoption of this energy saving strategy, a field study was conducted to quantify the magnitude of energy savings from task tuning and to identify best practices and barriers to further implementation.

Five ways to achieve high-performance buildings using energy modeling

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Here are five tips on using energy modeling in your next project that can both tap into its benefits and be easily explained to your clients.

Multifamily energy efficiency spending nearly triples in four years

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ACEEE's new report More Savings for More Residents: Progress in Multifamily Housing Energy Efficiency, examines energy efficiency programs serving the 51 metro areas with the most multifamily households.