Building Energy Codes News
The New Energy Code for Commercial Buildings: Standard 90.1-2016
12/07/2016 12:00 AM
The recent publication of Standard 90.1-2016 marks the latest edition of the Standard, setting the stage for future building energy efficiency requirements in commercial buildings.
A Conversation on Standard 90.1-2016
12/01/2016 12:00 AM
Standard 90.1-2016 will significantly change the way buildings are built as these new modifications find their way into the world’s energy codes. The following roundtable highlights some of the major changes that you can expect to see in building envelope, mechanical system, and lighting requirements.
Savings from Building Energy Codes Are a Big Deal
11/03/2016 12:00 AM
How much energy do building codes save over time? That's the question that a new report released last week from the Department of Energy (DOE) aims to answer -- and the answers show the results can be mammoth, both in terms of consumers' utility bill savings and avoided carbon emissions.
ASHRAE/IES Publish 2016 Energy Efficiency Standard
10/16/2016 12:00 AM
Numerous energy savings measures resulting from industry input are contained in the newly published energy efficiency standard from ASHRAE and IES. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, Energy Efficiency Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, contains 125 addenda published since the 2013 standard. The 2013 standard currently serves as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes. This 2016 version is the 10th edition published since the original standard was first published in 1975 during the energy crisis of the United States.
Do Quality Insulation Installations Cost More?
10/19/2016 12:00 AM
There appears to be market value for quality installation, but does that actually manifest itself in installer compensation? If so, how much is it worth?
Here’s how we scale up participation and savings in residential retrofits
10/12/2016 12:00 AM
Our new report explores some of the lingering challenges facing residential retrofit programs as well as strategies for growing participation while delivering anticipated savings. We include examples of current programs that use these strategies for better results.
Code Enforcement Improves in Most States
10/06/2016 12:00 AM
Building code adoption and enforcement have improved in more than 70% of U.S. states tracked, according to a new analysis of the nation's code enforcement. From 2005 to 2015, 31 states improved, three were unchanged, and eight did not score as well, the study from ISO Community Hazard Mitigation found.
Kathleen Hogan Awarded 2016 Sammie for Career Achievement
09/30/2016 12:00 AM
Kathleen Hogan developed and expanded a series of pivotal national energy efficiency initiatives that have greatly reduced greenhouse gas emissions and saved American consumers and businesses billions of dollars.
A Modern, Integrated Power Grid: The Perfect Setting for Doing More and Using Less
09/14/2016 12:00 AM
While the electric grid still supplies the majority of demand from centralized power grids, new technology is changing the "balance of power" and injecting complexity - and opportunity - into what used to be a relatively staid industry.
Guide to Understanding What Builders Want from HERS Raters
09/13/2016 12:00 AM
Our in depth builder research reveals how HERS raters can deliver more value to builders and build more mutually beneficial relationships.
Studies suggest that past rates of energy efficiency improvement can be sustained
09/08/2016 12:00 AM
Paper discusses energy efficiency achievements in several countries over the past several decades and finds that energy efficiency improvements have reduced energy use by 0.6-2.0 % per year, varying by country and period studied.
Proceedings of the 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
09/08/2016 12:00 AM
Proceedings of the 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings are available to view/download.
Can We Just Use Less AC? And How Buildings are Becoming More Efficient
09/01/2016 12:00 AM
Blog post addresses he climate treaty, or COP21, which "requires" countries to limit their heat-trapping emissions to avoid temperature rises of no more than 2 degrees Celsius by mid century.
Our new analysis finds energy efficiency is the 3rd largest resource in the US electric power sector
08/19/2016 12:00 AM
This paper tells the story of the efficiency resource in the electricity sector and its emission reduction benefits
ACEEE Presents 2016 Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings Awards
08/24/2016 12:00 AM
ACEEE presented three Champion of Energy Efficiency awards last night at its 19th biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. The awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field.
How are Building Energy Codes Developed?
08/08/2016 12:00 AM
First in a series examining the three main steps in the codes process: how they are developed, adopted, and complied with. This post focuses on the first step: how energy codes are developed, and who develops them.
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.