Building Energy Codes News
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.
Energy Codes Boost Development
01/26/2015 12:00 AM
in 2014, SEEA undertook an extensive study of commercial construction trends across the Southeast, analyzing the relationship between implemented energy codes and commercial construction 'starts' using publicly available construction data.
The Role of Building Energy Codes in the Clean Power Plan
01/23/2014 12:00 AM
In this paper we provide further support of our comment already submitted to the record, focusing on two aspects of the provision in order to determine whether building energy codes should be considered in setting the standards of performance.
Energy Codes for Ultra-Low-Energy Buildings: A Critical Pathway to Zero Net Energy Buildings
12/17/2014 12:00 AM
A zero net energy (ZNE) building is a home or commercial building that on average produces as much energy as it uses, achieved through energy efficiency and renewable technologies. Building energy codes can help us transition to ZNE construction for new residential and commercial buildings by 2030.
Getting to Zero Buildings Database
12/11/2014 12:00 AM
If you've been wondering where the greenest buildings are - including net-zero energy - take a look at New Building Institute's Getting to Zero Buildings Database.
White Paper #1 -- Construction, Code and Commerce: The Economic Impact of Commercial Energy Codes in the Southeast
10/01/2014 12:00 AM
Construction, Code and Commerce: The Economic Impact of Commercial Energy Codes in the Southeast is the first in a series of white papers that will analyze the impact of building energy code adoption and implementation in the Southeast. For this white paper SEEA analyzed Reed commercial building construction data to better understand overall commercial construction trends in the southeastern states, and specifically to get a more complete understanding of the impact that newer state-level energy codes have had, and may have in the future, on the commercial building market across the region.
Nine of ten building plans fail basic test
08/18/2014 12:00 AM
Article outlining 2014 New York Department of Buildings effort to audit thousands of architectural plans for new and renovated office and residential buildings.
EPA Extends 111 D Comment Period
09/16/2014 12:00 AM
The EPA has extended the comment period for the Proposed Clean Power Plan to December 1, 2014.
Working government is not an oxymoron: How savings from federal agency actions on energy efficiency could save us $2.6 Trillion
09/10/2014 12:00 AM
White paper released by ACEEE.
Cracking the TEAPOT: Technical, Economic, and Achievable Potential Studies
08/15/2014 12:00 AM
ACEEE released its new report “which has two goals: to educate stakeholders about how potential studies are carried out and to explore how savings estimates have changed over time.
Upstream Utility Incentive Programs: Experience and Lessons Learned
05/15/2014 12:00 AM
May 2014 - Upstream incentive programs, which work through manufacturers and distributors, have the potential to dramatically increase the market penetration of efficient technologies, at a significantly reduced unit cost, compared to downstream incentive programs which directly engage the consumer. This paper reviews the experience of investor-owned electric utilities with upstream incentive programs across the U.S. and provides some conclusions and program design recommendations.
Carbon Pollution Standards: What EPA is Doing
06/02/2014 12:00 AM
The Clean Air Act lays out distinct approaches for new and existing sources under Section 111: a federal program for new sources and state programs for existing sources.