Building Energy Codes News
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.
Energy Efficiency in Senate Bills will Make US Economy Healthier - But One Bill Contains a Poison Pill
07/30/2015 12:00 AM
Today the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted out two bills—one shepherded by Energy and Natural Resources Committee chair, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) (the Energy Policy Modernization Act), and the other written by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) (the Energy Efficiency and Industrial Competitiveness Act, S. 720).
Energy Efficiency a Key Compliance Strategy for States in EPA Final Clean Power Plan Rule
08/04/2015 12:00 AM
Today's final rule includes a new proposed early credit program for energy efficiency savings achieved in 2020 and 2021 in low-income communities. The rule also clarifies a number of particulars regarding the broad range of energy efficiency savings that can be counted, increasing the likelihood that states will include energy efficiency in their plans.
NEEA receives a "Strategic energy management" award from ACEEE
08/06/2015 12:00 AM
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) presented four Champion of Energy Efficiency Awards last night at its Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry. The awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the industrial energy efficiency field. Winners are selected based on demonstrated excellence in industrial leadership, lifetime achievement, research and development, implementation and deployment, or energy policy.
Is Energy Efficiency Cost Effective?
08/13/2015 12:00 AM
Some of the bigger benefits of energy efficiency have nothing to do with utility bill savings, says BUILDER blogger Suzanne Shelton.
NIBS and NBI release report - Getting to Outcome-Based Performance
06/22/2015 12:00 AM
Last summer, a group of thought leaders from the building industry gathered in Seattle, Washington, for the Getting to Outcome-Based Performance Summit to examine the opportunities, barriers and next steps that will transition the commercial building industry from estimating energy use, based on models in the design phase, to measuring real performance outcomes, based on actual energy use in an occupied building. Today, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and New Buildings Institute (NBI) released the report, Getting to Outcome-Based Performance, which summarizes the results of that 2014 meeting.
ACEEE Blog Post on Aligning Utility Business Models and Energy Efficiency
06/10/2015 12:00 AM
ACEEE released a series of three new reports on a range of topics related to utility business models and energy efficiency. They examined practices state by state across the United States, interviewed stakeholders for case studies of several state examples, and documented lessons learned.
Design Guide Helps Grocery Stores Cut Energy Use
05/14/2015 12:00 AM
Grocery stores are responsible for approximately 9% of the total energy consumed by commercial buildings in the U.S. To reduce this energy impact, a newly released Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores demonstrates how to cut typical energy use in half, conserving approximately 8 billion Btus of energy per year, per store - equivalent to the amount of energy consumed by 148 homes during the same period.
Pilot Program Takes Energy-Efficient Homes to a New Level
03/23/2015 12:00 AM
An innovative home performance pilot program is increasing insight into the most cost-effective ways to maximize energy savings in residential new construction. A partnership of builders and utilities across the Northwest is participating in the pilot, which aims to shape future energy efficiency standards for newly constructed homes throughout the region.
Construction, Codes, and Commerce: Residential Construction Data Review (2005-2013)
04/01/2015 12:00 AM
For this report, entitled Construction, Codes, and Commerce: Residential Construction Data Review (2005-2013), SEEA examines the relationship between implemented residential building energy codes and new, single-family residential construction permit data from 2005 to 2013 in SEEA's 11-state region across the Southeast.
Super Green Affordable Housing Introduces Passive Design to the Masses: multifamily housing projects that meet Passive House standards
05/03/2015 12:00 AM
Multifamily housing projects that meet Passive House standards are bringing European-style energy efficiency to a new demographic in the United States.
Energy Code Compliance Can Cut Down On Callbacks
03/10/2015 12:00 AM
Many builders and code officials are realizing that compliance with the most recent energy codes helps produce a structure that’s not just energy efficient, but one that’s safe, comfortable, resilient, and free of defects for occupants.
Aging of Nation's Code Officials Provides Emerging Opportunity for RESNET HERS Raters Becoming Energy Code Inspectors
03/17/2015 12:00 AM
At the recent 2015 RESNET Building Performance Conference Mark Johnson, Executive Vice President of the International Code Council (ICC), addressed a challenge to the nation’s building code infrastructure.
Passive House Institute Launches 'Cost-Effective' Passive Building Standard
03/29/2015 12:00 AM
The group says the building energy performance target is in the "sweet spot" where cost effectiveness overlaps with aggressive energy and carbon reduction.