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Preliminary Review Shows Gains With ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2016

A preliminary PNNL analysis of the new version of ASHRAE 90.1 shows that it is more than 30% more efficient than ASHRAE 90.1-2004. Major changes include more stringent window U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient numbers and updated climate zones.

Industry experts interviewed during the recent AHR Expo expect that one of the most consequential new provisions of this code will be the requirement for replacement HVAC equipment to comply with minimum energy efficiency requirements outlined for new equipment in the 90.1-2013 standard.

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Federal Residential Energy Requirements Updated to the 2015 IECC

As published in the Federal Register last month, the baseline energy standard for residential buildings will be the 2015 IECC beginning March 21, 2017. Prior to this ruling, these requirements were based on the 2009 IECC. This update represents a huge leap for energy efficiency.

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Home Appraisals to Include Energy Rating Scores

According to a post by the Insulation Institute, RESNET and the Appraisal Institute are working together to make evaluating energy efficiency easier for homebuyers.

From RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden:
“Many of the features that make a home energy efficient are hidden behind drywall and aren’t obvious to home buyers. Our goal is to make information, such as the HERS score of a home, visible in the appraisal so that consumers have more facts available to make their decisions.”

Read more from Construction Dive →

(Related: BCAP, working with the Appraisal Institute and the National Association of Realtors, has created resources for energy efficiency home appraisals. You can find those here.)


Hawaii Says Aloha to Building Energy Savings

In July 2015, the Hawaii State Building Code Council approved the 2015 IECC with amendments. The next step? For the state's four counties (Hawaii, Honolulu, Kauai, and Maui) to begin enforcing the new code.

Read more from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy →

Top Nine Reasons to Update to a Newer Energy Code

Moving to a newer energy code can provide consistency for builders across jurisdictions, encourage higher compliance rates, and help design professionals incorporate new technologies.

A modern energy code such as the 2015 IECC can also mean huge energy savings for residents and businesses.

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Portland Unanimously Passes Home Energy Score Policy

Prospective homebuyers in Portland will soon have a little more information to go on when deciding on a home. Starting in 2018, the city's Home Energy Score Policy will sellers of single-family homes to obtain an Oregon Department of Energy-approved Home Energy Performance Report, which includes a US DOE Home Energy Score, before they list the home for sale.

Read more from CodeWatcher →

SPEER Releases Oklahoma Energy Code Adoption Toolkit

Oklahoma recently updated its residential energy code to the 2015 IRC Chapter 11 with amendments. (For more information about this adoption, see BCAP's Oklahoma code status page.)

To support local governments and the building community, SPEER has released its Energy Code Adoption Toolkit, modeled after a similar project undertaken in Texas. The Oklahoma toolkit includes sample ordinances, links to adopted codes, and a residential energy code compliance guide.

SPEER will also be hosting its annual Energy Code Ambassadors Training in Austin on March 30th - 31st.

Read more from SPEER →


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.

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Registration is now open for DOE's 2017 National Energy Codes Conference. This year's event will cover a variety of critical topics, including code development, implementation, policy, tools and resources, with a focus on achieving compliance.

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SECO Hosts ASHRAE 90.1-2013 Training Workshop in Austin
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT

This six-hour workshop provides a comparison between ASHRAE 90.1-2013 and the IECC and is tailored for facility managers, design professionals and project managers.

Register here →


Stump the Science Chump
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 3:00pm ET

This Building America series challenges professionals in the residential construction industry to ask building science questions that stump the experts.

Questions for the upcoming webinar should focus on challenges related to achieving high levels of energy performance in new and/or existing homes. Submit your questions here

Register here →

High-performance design in high-rise buildings
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 1:00 - 2:00pm Central

This course will start with an explanation of code requirements for envelopes, the process of code compliance and performance properties of various envelope types. It will then investigate common myths and high performance solutions for all-glass buildings.

Learn more and register here →


RESNET HERS Rater Training
Online Component: May 1-12, 2017
Classroom/Field Component: May 15-19, 2017

The Northeast Home Energy Rating System Alliance (NEHERS) is offering high-quality HERS rater training, which will include a review of basic energy concepts, field experience with blower door testing and duct blasting, two of the five supervised ratings required by RESNET, and training on the latest version of rating software.

Learn more and register here →

ACEEE/CEE National Symposium on Market Transformation
Arlington, VA
4/2 - 4/4

Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global)
Washington, DC
5/8 - 5/9

Efficiency Exchange Northwest
Portland, OR
5/9 - 5/10

Better Buildings Summit
Washington, DC
5/15 - 5/17

ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum
Chicago, IL
5/21 - 5/23

ASHRAE Annual Conference
Long Beach, CA
6/24 - 6/28

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