Building Energy Codes News
ASHRAE 90.1 Portal Offers Centralized Resource
02/01/2018 12:00 AM
A new online portal makes it easier than ever for building professionals to access the suite of resources related to ASHRAE Standard 90.1.
Illinois Reviews 2018 IECC for Adoption
01/30/2018 12:00 AM
In December, the Illinois Energy Code Advisory Council (IECAC) started to review the 2018 IECC for adoption. The opportunity to comment on and submit amendments to the commercial and residential chapters will be open until March 31, 2018.
Educational Sector Leads on Zero Energy Buildings, but Lacks Retrofits
01/29/2018 12:00 AM
New Buildings Institute (NBI) recently released its Zero Energy* Buildings List with nearly 500 verified or emerging commercial buildings projects. Educational facilities continue to outpace other sectors by large margins with 26 verified zero energy (ZE) projects and 152 more underway.
Five Years and a Million Stronger
01/23/2018 12:00 AM
Five years ago, Building America launched an interactive resource for high-performance home construction. Today, the Building Technologies Office’s Building America Solution Center continues to skyrocket in popularity, growing from about 77,000 users in 2013 to more than 298,000 users in 2017.
Unlocking Innovative Design for Better Schools
01/22/2018 12:00 AM
The Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings: Achieving Zero Energy (AEDG) was recently released to support elementary, middle, and high schools in their pursuit of zero energy performance goals for deep retrofits and new construction projects.
Moving Daylighting into a New Era
12/29/2017 12:00 AM
In the energy efficiency world, we know that if there are specific and tangible non-energy benefits to energy conserving measures, it can be a game changer to motivating the implementation of these measures. One example of this is the work and research performed on the connection between daylighting and productivity.
That's a Wrap: 8th Annual Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference
12/15/2017 12:00 AM
Conference Overview: Experts presented on ways to cost-effectively build to net-zero, the importance of engaging the real estate community to further building efficiency policies, advancements in building technologies and new above-code commercial and residential standards available for jurisdictions seeking to adopt a stretch code or above-code programs.
Stories behind the rankings: These successes reveal benefits of saving energy
11/21/2017 12:00 AM
Residents and businesses across the country are saving energy and money thanks to smart state policies. Their stories help explain why some states climbed in our 2017 State Scorecard or maintained strong standings. This year for the first time, we included stories of individuals and communities in our state-specific score sheets.
Outlook Remains Positive for Townhouse Construction Amid Continued Growth
11/21/2017 12:00 AM
The long-run prospects for townhouse construction are positive given large numbers of homebuyers looking for medium density residential neighborhoods, such as urban villages that offer walkable environments and other amenities.
Tiny Homes Surge in Popularity under New Regulations
11/14/2017 12:00 AM
Un-permitted tiny homes that are off the grid have the potential to cause serious forest fires, according to Cococino County’s sustainable building program manager, Amanda Acheson. The new standards require entrance and exit opportunities in case of emergency, and regulate the placement of features like wood stoves and electrical boxes.
Why Houston’s Newer Homes Fared Better During Harvey
11/09/2017 12:00 AM
A Houston building requirement that new homes be built at least 12 inches above expected flood levels minimized damage to new homes during Hurricane Harvey and its record flooding.
New Findings Emerge from HERS Program
11/09/2017 12:00 AM
Giving consideration to the ERI and IECC requirements, this blog will present some data points from homes that received a HERS rating between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2017. Using data from homes built in the last two years can help shed light on recent construction practices and how they relate to energy code compliance.
Energy Code Key to Life-Safety Code
10/31/2017 12:00 AM
We’re here to correct the record: The energy code fundamentally improves the durability of buildings as well as the health and safety of us humans inside. It’s not just a "nice-to-have."
The 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard
09/27/2017 12:00 AM
This eleventh edition of the ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard again benchmarks state progress on efficiency policies and programs that save energy while benefiting the environment and promoting growth.
Energy Efficiency Day 2017: Perspectives on What’s Coming Next from the Building Technologies Office Community
10/05/2017 12:00 AM
Today the energy efficiency community is coming together for Energy Efficiency Day 2017, a day to discuss the great benefits and opportunities for America from energy efficiency.
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.