Building Energy Codes News
The Demand for Hers Ratings Continues Growth in First Half Of 2017
08/15/2017 12:00 AM
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
08/14/2017 12:00 AM
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
08/03/2017 12:00 AM
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
04/27/2017 12:00 AM
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
08/03/2017 12:00 AM
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
04/10/2017 12:00 AM
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
04/05/2017 12:00 AM
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
04/04/2017 12:00 AM
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
03/01/2017 12:00 AM
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
02/21/2017 12:00 AM
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.
A Perspective of Energy Codes and Regulations for the Buildings of the Future
02/01/2017 12:00 AM
This paper considers short and long-term trends in the building industry, lays out the authors' perspectives on how buildings may evolve over the course of the 21st century, and discusses the roles that codes and regulations will play in shaping those buildings of the future.
What architects should know about building modeling in early design
02/03/2017 12:00 AM
This article will provide an introductory overview, touching on required benchmarking, gathering actual operating data for green building certification, relying on analytical testing rather than intuition, showing building owners the incredibly fast return on modeling services, and extending the value of the services we provide.
The 2018 Building Energy Code Holds the Line for Efficiency
02/01/2017 12:00 AM
The newest building energy code, which will govern how much energy and money is saved by new home and commercial building owners, was recently approved by code officials — and by and large, they voted to uphold the great efficiency gains made in past code cycles.
Four W's: Optimizing Wall Performance with Continuous Insulation
02/01/2017 12:00 AM
As building codes and requirements continue to trend toward greater attention to higher efficiency requirements, contractors are recognizing how insulation plays into the wall performance of a building. To better explain how CI enhances the energy efficiency of wall systems, here is the why, what, where, and when.
Philly joining private-led initiative to reduce commercial building energy use 50% by 2030
01/18/2017 12:00 AM
In a policy framework for advancing green building in Philadelphia published in January, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) announced that it's leading the formation of Philadelphia 2030 District, a private sector-led initiative to reduce energy use, water consumption, and transportation-related emissions from the building sector 50 percent by 2030 at a district scale.
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.