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Drumroll, Please: The Results of the 2018 IECC Are In...

The votes have been counted and while some folks will be happy with the results, others are very disappointed. No, we’re not talking about the presidential election, but about the Online Governmental Consensus Vote that will determine the content of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).



Where Are They Now?
► Kansas

In 2010, BCAP created a list of Places to Watch that were making strides in enacting energy efficient building codes. Now, we are going back to these jurisdictions to track their progress and see what other innovations they’ve added six years later. BCAP identified Kansas as a place to watch because of their efforts in model energy code adoption, as well as their state-sponsored grant and loan programs for energy-efficiency upgrades.



Taking the Guesswork out of Energy Efficiency

Last month, the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP) held its inaugural summit on the automated transfer of home energy data. The program, called, the Home Energy Labeling Information eXchange (HELIX), seeks to make home energy information more readily available to homebuyers. This is a big deal in a region like the Northeast, where five states have now adopted the 2015 IECC, including the Energy Rating Index (ERI) compliance option. Thanks to HELIX, scores calculated to show compliance could also populate websites like Multiple Listing Services (MLS), providing verified home energy information to residential real estate sellers and buyers.

Read more from NEEP: The Inaugural HELIX Summit and the Missing Letter of the Homebuyer Alphabet

California Makes Strides on State, Local Levels

California continues to lead by example in energy efficiency policymaking on both the state and local level. The state's new building energy efficiency standards, which will take effect at the beginning of 2017, will focus on updating residential energy requirements to move closer to the state's zero net energy goals.

On the local level, the Santa Monica City Council voted in October to approve an ordinance requiring all new single-family construction in the city to be zero net energy. This ordinance, which is the first of its kind in the world, now goes to the California Energy Commission (CEC) for approval; it could take effect as early as February 2017.

CEC Press release: Energy Commission Continues March Toward Zero Net Energy With 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards

2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards FAQ

Architectural Record article: Santa Monica to Adopt Ambitious Zero Net Energy Requirements

Southwest Energy Codes Conference Highlights Adoption and Compliance

The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) held their annual energy codes conference in Tempe last month, where stakeholders discussed strategies to improve compliance rates and adoptions in the region. Reports from Colorado focused on the state's commercial code compliance study. Instead of tracking the percentage of compliance with a long list of prescriptive requirements, this study targets the building components that have the greatest impact on energy savings.

Read more about the conference here.


How These 22 Cities Could Shape the Future of Solar Photovoltaics

The year 2030 is a meaningful one across the world of energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Architecture 2030 challenge aims to have new construction and renovations be carbon neutral by this date. Many countries have made pledges to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions on this same timeframe. And last month, the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative announced their own 2030 targets: a further reduction in the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV). As a SunShot Initiative awardee, BCAP has hit the ground running to discover the best cities around the country for training design professionals on solar PV.


BCAP has added several exciting new features to its popular code status maps. You can now view commercial and residential code status for all states (along with the next anticipated code update) using this convenient table.

Looking for a more visual representation? Try this slideshow of code adoptions across the country since 2009.


Building Energy Code Compliance

In this article, David Cohan of the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy discusses compliance, where the rubber meets the road for energy codes. How can training and technical assistance assist states in achieving code compliance? What role does the Energy Department's codes program play in this important task?

Read more here


Wednesday Webinar Series Returns
The Colorado Collaborative, Colorado Energy Office, and Xcel Energy are hosting free weekly webinars on energy code topics. Topics include the IECC for multifamily buildings, COMcheck basics, and the HERS Index. Webinars run every Wednesday through February 15th.

Learn more and register

Stump the Science Chump
This new Building America series challenges professionals in the residential construction industry to ask building science questions that stump the experts. Date and time TBA.

Submit your questions here

Keep current on upcoming Building America webinars

ASHRAE Winter Conference
Las Vegas, NV
1/28 - 2/1

SPEER Summit
Austin, TX
2/7 - 2/8

Midwest Energy Solutions Conference
Chicago, IL
2/22 - 2/24
RESNET Conference
Scottsdale, AZ
2/27 - 3/1 

Better Buildings Summit
Washington, DC
5/15 - 5/17
National Energy Codes Conference
Pittsburgh, PA
7/17 - 7/20

View all upcoming events.

In case you missed it...

  • ICC has published preliminary Online Governmental Consensus Voting results. Although this document is still pending certification and confirmation, it gives a rough overview of the changes that will shape the newest model energy code, the 2018 IECC.
  • Meanwhile, there is also a new model energy code for commercial buildings, ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2016. DOE's Jeremy Williams explains what changes to expect, including 121 brand new addenda, a new compliance option using the Performance Rating Method, and even two new climate zones.
  • CodeWatcher Newsletter: Green Builder Media has launched a new publication, CodeWatcher, focusing on building energy codes and regulations.
  • COMcheck Compliance Software Basics, featuring Pam Cole from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
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