Building Energy Codes News
Germany, Italy, and Japan Top World Energy Efficiency Rankings
07/20/2016 12:00 AM
ermany continues to lead the world in energy efficiency, followed by Italy and Japan (tied for second place), France, and the United Kingdom (not reflecting energy-related government changes in 2016), according to the 2016 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published today by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Energy Department Releases Draft Updated Best Practices for Residential PACE Financing Programs
07/19/2016 12:00 AM
As part of the Obama Administration's Clean Energy Savings for All Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released best practice guidelines for Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. PACE is an innovative mechanism for financing energy efficiency, solar, and related improvements.
Energy Department Invests $19 Million to Improve Efficiency of Nation’s Buildings
07/15/2016 12:00 AM
The Energy Department announced today it is investing $19 million to improve the efficiency of our nation's homes, offices, schools, hospitals, restaurants and stores. These projects will develop advanced building technologies that will help American consumers and businesses save money on their utility bills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs.
How Is DOE's Newest Campaign Proving That Commercial Lighting Upgrades Drive Savings?
07/01/2016 12:00 AM
In the past year, the Interior Lighting Campaign has seen tremendous success - with over 160 leading companies and organizations from the federal government, healthcare, education, real estate, hospitality and retail sectors signing on as participants and supporters.
Progress on commercial building energy efficiency has been good, but more attention needed to decrease waste in several areas
07/01/2016 12:00 AM
Data recently released as part of the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) highlights changes in commercial sector energy demand between 2003 and 2012.
Judge Rules Outer Banks Vacation Complex "Not a Single-Family Home"
06/28/2016 12:00 AM
A 20,000-square-foot beachfront mansion should not have been approved, a North Carolina appeals court has ruled.
One Step Closer to the Next National Model Energy Code - What do proposed changes mean for you?
06/21/2016 12:00 AM
The development of this type of innovative product indicates the ever-increasing market demand for more energy-efficient homes. The importance of energy efficient housing has also been recognized by the nation's code officials who have consistently voted to increase the minimum levels of efficiency in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for almost a decade.
Energy Codes 101: What Are They and What is DOE's Role?
05/31/2016 12:00 AM
Here’s a primer on what energy codes are, how they are developed, adopted, and enforced, and what DOE’s role is in these processes. Future blog posts in this series will zoom into specific topics.
Explaining the unique energy burden of low-income households
05/20/2016 12:00 AM
In a recent report released by ACEEE and Energy Efficiency for All, Lifting the High Energy Burden in America's Largest Cities, we measured energy burdens in 48 of the largest cities in the United States.
DOE's Smart Energy Analytics Campaign
05/16/2016 12:00 AM
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will launch its Smart Energy Analytics Campaign in October of 2016, having previewed the campaign at the biannual Better Buildings Summit last week.
Game-Changing Report Launch -- Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts: The Case For A Systems Approach To Energy Efficiency
05/11/2016 12:00 AM
Report Describes a Major Shift in Traditional Thinking about Buildings Efficiency that has been heralded as a Game Changer by Industry Partners.
OneNYC: Mayor de Blasio Announces Major New Steps to Dramatically Reduce NYC Buildings' Greenhouse Gas Emissions
04/22/2016 12:00 AM
Mayor de Blasio announced a suite of new energy efficiency initiatives that will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from New York City's over one million buildings.
Where Can We Find Even More Savings?
04/04/2016 12:00 AM
This post is the fourth in a four-part series that analyzes the evolution of Annual Energy Outlook’s (AEO) forecasts to show how major federal policies have changed the shape of our energy future, how these and other policies have impacted certain sectors of the economy and where opportunities for additional savings remain untapped.
DOE Releases First Annual National Energy Employment Analysis
03/24/2016 12:00 AM
The U.S. Department of Energy today released the agency’s first annual analysis of how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in multiple energy sectors.
New studies are showing what we already know
03/18/2016 12:00 AM
Multiple studies looking at spending and savings across programs, over time and in multiple states, all show the same thing: energy efficiency is highly cost effective.
Looking Forward: Lessons in Energy Efficiency from Canada
03/02/2016 12:00 AM
Is Canada ahead in the turtle race to energy efficiency in North America? The always-witty Phillipe Dunsky, president of Dunsky Energy Consulting, thinks that while Canada’s past on that front might have been humdrum, it’s a whole new era now.
FACT SHEET: Cities, Utilities, and Businesses Commit to Unlocking Access to Energy Data for Building Owners and Improving Energy Efficiency
01/29/2016 12:00 AM
Local Government, private sector, and utility actions spur access to energy data and accelerate energy efficiency investment & innovation in buildings and homes.
Are Building Codes the Key to Zero Net Energy Buildings?
12/22/2014 12:00 AM
The interest in zero net energy (ZNE) is reflected in the growing number of ZNE-related targets, goals and certifications, such as the American Institute of Architects’ 2030 Challenge, California’s ZNE goals for residential and commercial new construction, and DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Homes Program. According to a new report from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), building energy codes can play a role in facilitating the move to ZNE buildings.
Tool Calculates Building Energy Code Data to Comply with Clean Power Plan
05/13/2015 12:00 AM
The Alliance to Save Energy and the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition released a calculator that state air quality offices can use to estimate the carbon emission savings from state adoption and enforcement of the most recent building energy codes – the 2012 and 2015 versions of the International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC).
Seattle’s Energy Code Bests National Standard
08/07/2014 12:00 AM
Energy codes, the complex regulations that limit the energy consumed by new buildings, vary widely between states and even between cities. Not coincidentally, this distribution bears some resemblance to that familiar red state/blue state map from election season. More conservative regions of the country sometimes provide little or no regulation of building energy use, while more progressive areas shepherd their building construction towards increasing levels of efficiency. Cities and states in the vanguard continue to develop and implement the most promising concepts, and these concepts then make their way into subsequent national standards.
DoE: Building Energy Codes are Working
01/05/2016 12:00 AM
The effectiveness of residential building codes is the subject of an ongoing eight-state, three-year field test that began last year. Early results are in – and the news is good.
Do Energy Codes Work?
01/04/2016 12:00 AM
Preliminary results from the largest residential energy code field study ever conducted in the U.S. show they do.
Last year the U.S. Department of Energy ( DOE) announced that eight states would be part of a three-year Residential Energy Code Field Study. Once completed, the study will provide an unprecedented opportunity to develop new strategies for education, training, and outreach for improving the energy efficiency of single-family homes, as well as a measurement of the impact those activities have on residential energy use.
Sacramento Has the Most Net-Zero Buildings of Any City in America
01/13/2016 12:00 AM
California is home to more than half of all the net-zero buildings in the U.S., according to a new survey from the Net-Zero Energy Coalition. The survey is the first effort to catalog all of the zero-energy buildings in North America.
2015 was a good year for energy efficiency. 2016 could be even better.
01/01/2016 12:00 AM
The past year included many successes, including quite a few that we can build on in the new year. Among the notable developments in 2015:
There is growing recognition that energy efficiency is the lowest-cost resource, and investments in energy efficiency continue to grow. The International Energy Agency estimates that more than $300 billion is being invested annually in energy efficiency worldwide, and this figure is growing. This is illustrated in the United States by continued growth in utility energy efficiency spending and savings achieved.
Yes, saving energy is cheaper than making energy.
01/27/2016 12:00 AM
Utilities have options when it comes to meeting customer demand for electricity. They can build power plants to convert fossil fuels to energy. They can capture renewable resources like solar and wind. And they can work with residents and businesses to lower demand by implementing energy efficiency programs.