Building Energy Codes News
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.
Recognizing the Value of Energy Efficiency's Multiple Benefits
12/02/2015 12:00 AM
The benefits of energy efficiency extend beyond energy savings. Homes, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities gain comfort, health, and safety benefits from energy efficiency programs. Additional benefits for businesses include savings on maintenance, materials, and the costs of regulatory compliance. On the supply side, electric utilities enjoy reduced system costs. Focusing on the residential, business, and utility sectors, this report examines each of these multiple benefits, their role in program marketing, and current best practices for including them in cost-effectiveness testing.
Energy Efficiency Efforts Face Obstacles in New Buildings and Retrofits
12/01/2015 12:00 AM
Research shows that energy efficiency is important – but not paramount – to building owners and operators and that implementation of measures to cut energy use are inconsistent in both existing structures and new building design. In late October, Honeywell and KRC Research released a study that looked at the priorities of 500 building operators across the United States. The findings suggest that energy is important to them, but that several other tasks vie for their attention.
Appraisal Institute, Building Codes Assistance Project Offer ‘Green’ Appraisal Guidance
11/24/2015 12:00 AM
The Appraisal Institute and the Building Codes Assistance Project today released guidance for homebuilders, buyers and lenders related to valuation of green and energy-efficient homes.
Zero Net Energy Building Controls: Characteristics, Energy Impacts and Lessons
11/18/2015 12:00 AM
This study, commissioned by the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), and conducted by the New Buildings Institute (NBI), details how existing and emerging building monitoring and control technologies are helping designers, owners, operators and occupants achieve and maintain zero net energy (ZNE) buildings.
As American homes get bigger, energy efficiency gains are wiped out
11/09/2015 12:00 AM
U.S. homes have become considerably more energy-efficient over the past four decades, according to government data. But homes also are a lot bigger than they used to be, and their growing girth wipes out nearly all the efficiency gains.
New building codes study shares important lessons for research and evaluation
11/03/2015 12:00 AM
A recent paper by Charles Withers and Robin Vieira from the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) presents a fascinating story about the impacts of the Florida new home building energy code. The paper was presented at the recent Behavior, Energy and Climate Change conference.
ACEEE State Scorecard: Massachusetts Edges Out California as Most Energy-Efficient State, Maryland Among Most Improved
10/21/2015 12:00 AM
Energy efficiency measures continue to flourish in states across the country, with several states—including California, Maryland, Illinois, Texas and the nation’s capital, Washington, DC—taking major steps that improved their scores in the ninth annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
DOE Announces Winners of 2015 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards
10/19/2015 12:00 AM
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently recognized 32 winners across the federal government as recipients of the 2015 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These annual awards recognize exceptional efforts made to improve the nation's energy, water, aviation and vehicle fleet efficiency within the federal government.
The many ways energy efficiency can boost your community's resilience
10/05/2015 12:00 AM
In our latest report, Enhancing Community Resilience Through Energy Efficiency, we discuss energy efficiency measures and their resilience benefits, and how efficiency can be integrated into resilience planning.
Missouri City Proposes Tiny-House-Friendly Building Codes
10/02/2015 12:00 AM
The City of Seneca, Mo., is considering joining the ranks of a number of cities and building departments around the U.S. creating "tiny house" ordinances in response to the growing popularity of the microliving spaces, says Construction Dive.
Pacific Northwest Residential Ventilation Effectiveness Study
09/14/2015 12:00 AM
This report presents the findings and conclusions of the Pacific Northwest Residential Ventilation Effectiveness study in houses with low air leakage.
Peering into energy's crystal ball
07/01/2015 12:00 AM
Back in 2007, McKinsey did two pieces of groundbreaking research that still inform how I think about energy–the resource-productivity framework and the greenhouse-gas cost curve (exhibit). And then, with metaphorical holding of breath, we made forecasts based on that work. My colleague Matt Rogers and I thought it would be interesting to look back at these predictions–which were broadly on target, with a few clunkers–and then consider what might come next.