Building Energy Codes News
White Paper #1 -- Construction, Code and Commerce: The Economic Impact of Commercial Energy Codes in the Southeast
10/01/2014 12:00 AM
Construction, Code and Commerce: The Economic Impact of Commercial Energy Codes in the Southeast is the first in a series of white papers that will analyze the impact of building energy code adoption and implementation in the Southeast. For this white paper SEEA analyzed Reed commercial building construction data to better understand overall commercial construction trends in the southeastern states, and specifically to get a more complete understanding of the impact that newer state-level energy codes have had, and may have in the future, on the commercial building market across the region.
Nine of ten building plans fail basic test
08/18/2014 12:00 AM
Article outlining 2014 New York Department of Buildings effort to audit thousands of architectural plans for new and renovated office and residential buildings.
EPA Extends 111 D Comment Period
09/16/2014 12:00 AM
The EPA has extended the comment period for the Proposed Clean Power Plan to December 1, 2014.
Working government is not an oxymoron: How savings from federal agency actions on energy efficiency could save us $2.6 Trillion
09/10/2014 12:00 AM
White paper released by ACEEE.
Cracking the TEAPOT: Technical, Economic, and Achievable Potential Studies
08/15/2014 12:00 AM
ACEEE released its new report “which has two goals: to educate stakeholders about how potential studies are carried out and to explore how savings estimates have changed over time.
Upstream Utility Incentive Programs: Experience and Lessons Learned
05/15/2014 12:00 AM
May 2014 - Upstream incentive programs, which work through manufacturers and distributors, have the potential to dramatically increase the market penetration of efficient technologies, at a significantly reduced unit cost, compared to downstream incentive programs which directly engage the consumer. This paper reviews the experience of investor-owned electric utilities with upstream incentive programs across the U.S. and provides some conclusions and program design recommendations.
Carbon Pollution Standards: What EPA is Doing
06/02/2014 12:00 AM
The Clean Air Act lays out distinct approaches for new and existing sources under Section 111: a federal program for new sources and state programs for existing sources.
SEEA Energy Pro3 Report Finds Job Creation from Energy Efficiency Investments Outperforms Investments in Construction, Manufacturing and Renewables
06/30/2014 12:00 AM
Atlanta, Georgia (June 30, 2014) – The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) is pleased to announce job creation impacts of its three-year, 13-city, Department of Energy (DOE)-funded energy efficiency retrofit consortium program.
Predictions Made for High Performance Building
07/02/2014 12:00 AM
Lexington, MA July 2, 2014 – Just hours before the end of the 2014 legislative session, Delaware lawmakers on Tuesday morning passed landmark legislation that will bring the state into parity with other states in the region by allowing its electric and gas utilities to provide energy efficiency programs to their customers and provide a major boost to the state’s efforts to reach its goals under a 2009-mandated Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS).
Predictions Made for High Performance Building
01/10/2014 12:00 AM
Net-zero energy buildings are so 2013. Net-positive energy buildings are the future. That was among the predictions for 2014 made by green builder Hammer and Hand for the US high performance building industry, who also predicts that building energy codes will move toward performance-based measures, as the limitations of prescriptive codes become more obvious to policy makers.
MEEA Minute Monthly Newsletter - December 2013
12/27/2013 12:00 AM
Articles of interest in this newsletter edition include: a) MEEA Policy Webinar Recap: ACEEE 2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard-A Midwest Perspective, which included presentations highlighting utility energy efficiency programs, and building code adoption and compliance initiatives throughout several Midwest states; b) Event Recap: Better Buildings Better Business Conference, where Isaac Elnecave, Senior Policy Manager at MEEA, spoke about building energy codes in the Midwest, including the vision for energy code compliance improvement that will help achieve net zero energy buildings in the future.
Obama expands energy-efficiency program for buildings
12/03/2013 12:00 AM
The Obama administration expanded an energy efficiency program Tuesday to include apartment complexes, condominiums and other multifamily buildings, the latest White House move to bolster efficiency as Congress remains stuck on the issue. The public-private program, the Better Buildings Challenge, is one of the many administration-level tools to which President Obama has resorted to advance energy-efficiency policies. That legislation, would establish voluntary efficiency building codes, offer workplace energy-efficiency training and encourage manufacturers to make efficiency upgrades.
Updating Building Energy Codes: How Much Can Your State Save?
11/05/2013 12:00 AM
How much in energy and cost savings would your state realize if it updated its commercial building energy codes? You can find out in a new on-line publication from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The state-by-state reports were the product of a new building energy efficiency analysis tool developed by NIST.
2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard Released
11/06/2013 12:00 AM
Energy efficiency measures are thriving in state capitals around the United States, with several states -- including Mississippi, Connecticut, Illinois, and West Virginia -- taking major steps that moved them up the ranks in the seventh annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by ACEEE. The leading states in building energy codes and compliance are California, Washington, and Rhode Island. During the past year, seven states adopted the latest iteration of building energy codes.
Code Officials Defeat Proposal to Rollback Historic Efficiency Gains in America’s Model Energy Code
10/08/2013 12:00 AM
Sound energy policy prevailed as local and state governmental officials rejected dozens of builder-sponsored home efficiency rollback proposals in a three-day marathon meeting convened by the International Code Council (ICC) to develop the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
DOE Activities and Methodology for Assessing Compliance With Building Energy Codes RFI
08/06/2013 12:00 AM
On August 6, DOE published an RFI on its methodology for assessing code compliance into the Federal Register. Based on feedback received from the individual state compliance pilot studies in 2011-2012, the RFI seeks input on DOE's methodology and fundamental assumptions from the general public.
AZ Legislature Preserves Local Control of Building Energy Efficiency Codes
06/14/2013 12:00 AM
The 2013 Arizona legislature concluded on Friday, June 14, 2013 and preserved the ability of Arizona municipalities and their elected officials to make housing more affordable and to deliver cost-savings for constituents through the adoption of better building energy codes.
Energy Code Improvements Adopted in Utah
03/12/2013 12:00 AM
This March, the Utah Legislature adopted the first meaningful update to Utah’s home energy standards in seven years, cutting energy waste in new homes. House Bill 202, sponsored by Representative Brad Wilson, adopts the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) on a statewide basis, including the complete commercial energy code provisions and a modified version of the residential provisions of the 2012 IECC.
Mississippi Invests in Future Growth With Adoption of Best-in-Class Energy Efficiency Legislation
05/02/2013 12:00 AM
Mississippi has made energy efficiency a state-level priority and a tool for promoting economic competitiveness and job growth. In April, the Mississippi State Legislature also made headway in this area, adopting landmark legislation thatstrengthens the state's investment in energy efficiency infrastructure. They include updating Mississippi's commercial building code to ASHRAE 90.1-2010, and more.
Washington State Home Builders Lead the Nation in Energy Code Compliance
05/08/2013 12:00 AM
The Washington State Department of Commerce and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), representing an alliance of Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations, today announced a study of residential energy code compliance that shows Washington State is highest in the nation. In 2009, Washington State adopted one of the most rigorous residential building energy codes in the country. To determine whether Washington home builders met this challenge, NEEA commissioned a compliance study, which included 69 homes in 17 counties. Using two different methodologies, the study found compliance rates were 97 percent and 96 percent, respectively.
Leveraging Building Energy Codes to Maximize Energy Savings
03/01/2013 12:00 AM
New study provides guidance to states exploring options to link utility efficiency programs with energy codes savingsAs states increasingly look to utilities to play an active role in supporting building energy codes, a new report from a coalition of energy efficiency advocates, has been issued to provide guidance for how state regulatory commissions and energy offices can best develop and evaluate such efforts.
Mayors Urge Cities to Strengthen Energy Code
06/24/2013 12:00 AM
With the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code's (IECC) hard-fought 30% efficiency gains at stake, the U.S. Conference of Mayors voted unanimously to encourage municipal support for all eligible code officials to attend the International Code Council’s Final Action Hearings this October in Atlantic City to support continued efficiency gains for America’s model energy code, the IECC.
Energy 2030 Report Calls for Stricter Energy Building Codes
02/12/2013 12:00 AM
The Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy aims to double US energy productivity by 2030, and one of its many ways to achieve that goal is to create more stringent energy codes for buildings.
SEEA Applauds Findings Presented in the Alliance's Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy Report
02/07/2013 12:00 AM
The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) applauds and supports the Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy's goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030. "Energy 2030," released today at the National Press Club, details the Commission's recommendations for reaching this aggressive but achievable target.
Yuma City Council Hears About Updated Building Codes
02/05/2013 12:00 AM
In a monumental effort, city of Yuma building safety officials with the help of two advisory boards have developed five new building codes, including a code that for the first time establishes energy conservation standards.