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2018 IECC Code Development Progresses

At the Kansas City ICC public comment hearings, in-person voting representatives made several key decisions in moving forward with code development. They chose to keep the mechanical equipment tradeoff out of the code, overturning the committee's recommendation. After much debate over the past few months, on-site power generation is being allowed in the ERI compliance path with the caveat that the 2015 IECC prescriptive requirements are used as the backstop. RESNET 301 has been voted into the IECC as the ERI compliance path. If passed by voters, these measures will become part of the 2018 IECC. Online voting begins for code officials on November 8th and lasts through November 21st.

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View the Electronic Voting Guide

Where Are They Now?
► New Hampshire

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 nine jurisdictions to track their progress and see what other innovations they’ve added six years later. We will be looking for other places to watch in the future as cities lead the way with sustainability plans and energy saving goals. BCAP identified New Hampshire as one its Places to Watch for two major reasons: the state’s timely adoption of the most recent model energy code at that time, the 2009 IECC; and their Energy Code Compliance Roadmap, designed as a guide towards 90% compliance with the existing code by 2017.


2016 Standard Bearers Award Winners Announced

The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the International Code Council (ICC) have announced the winners of the 2016 Standard Bearers awards. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) Energy Division won the state-level award for its work in energy code adoption and training; the city of Chula Vista, California won for their building energy outreach initiatives. Additionally, Darren Meyers received an award for his energy-related compliance and education efforts in Illinois.

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Code Enforcement Improves in Most States

Building code adoption and enforcement have improved in more than 70% of U.S. states tracked in a study from ISO Community Hazard Mitigation from 2005-2015. The most improved states were California, Oregon, and Georgia, but not all states saw improvements; some states saw declines in both residential and commercial code enforcement.

 "This is solid evidence that more effective codes are being adopted and effectively enforced across the nation." 
    - ISO manager Dale Thomure

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ASHRAE Publishes 2016 Energy Efficiency Standard

ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, the tenth edition of a standard dating back to the American energy crisis of 1975, is now available. The goal of this version, like those before it, is to "create a consensus standard that saves energy and is technically feasible and cost effective", according to Drake Erbe, the chair of the Standard 90.1 committee. Noteworthy changes include the addition of an envelope verification requirement and prescriptive guidelines for Climate Zone 0. Appendix G, previously used only to rate "beyond code" performance, can now be used as a path for compliance.

Read the press release from ASHRAE

Energy Efficiency Crucial as Winter Approaches

Meteorologists around the country have predicted that winter 2016-17 will be colder than usual, resulting in higher energy bills for homeowners. As a result, time is of the essence for making energy efficient upgrades in hopes of mitigating those costs, such as adding insulation and sealing up gaps or leaks around the house. Read more from the Alliance to Save Energy on how to easily save energy in winter.

DOE Publishes Position Brief on Renewable Energy's Role in Residential Building Energy Codes

The U.S. Department of Energy released a paper regarding the appropriate role of renewable energy in the upcoming 2018 IECC adoption cycle. The paper discusses DOE’s involvement in the adoption cycle, and especially makes note of the Energy Rating Index (ERI) and how it applies to renewable energy sources. Read the entire report here.

Takeaways from the 2016 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

ACEEE has released their annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, providing a snapshot of energy efficiency progress for each state, territory, and the District of Columbia. For 2016, Massachusetts and California tied for the top spot, with Rhode Island, New York, and Connecticut rounding out the top five. Predictably, states that did well overall also clinched most of the top spots for building energy codes: California (#1), Illinois (#13), Massachusetts (#1), New York (#5), Vermont (#3), and Washington (#8) all received full marks for codes. But there were also some notable exceptions to this trend.

Maine, ranked #11 overall, received only three points for building energy codes due to the provision exempting jurisdictions of under 4,000 residents from mandatory compliance with MUBEC. And then there is the opposite scenario: Texas and Alabama, ranked #27 and #39 respectively, received seven and six points for energy codes (due to their recent adoptions of the 2015 IECC).

Click here to see the rest of the rankings and to read more in-depth information.


Trainers Wanted for National Solar PV Education Project

BCAP and the Center for Sustainable Energy are seeking five licensed design professionals (architects and/or engineers) to serve as solar photovoltaic (PV) trainers. This project will utilize a peer-to-peer approach to deliver education and resource access to designers in 18 training workshops across the country.

Learn more about the position or apply here.

Applications must be received by November 30, 2016.

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Stump The Science Chump Webinars. This new series from the Department of Energy's Building America Program challenges professionals in the residential construction industry to ask building science questions that stump the building science experts, who want to know what the biggest problems are for design professionals. The first expert will be Joe Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.Eng., the founding principal of Building Science Corporation. The webinar itself will be held on Nov. 29, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. EST

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Submit questions for Dr. Lstiburek

Webinar: Important (But Commonly Missed) Air Barrier Details. Most of the details about a building's air barrier are hidden once construction is complete, but problems with the air barrier can lead to energy waste, moisture problems, and comfort complaints. This webinar, presented by Penn Residential Energy Codes on Nov. 16, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. EST, will detail which air sealing and blocking locations have the biggest impacts, and how they should be installed correctly. This webinar is free to attend, and CEUs are available for code officials for a $20 fee.

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Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference
Cleveland, OH

ACEEE Intelligent Efficiency Conference
Austin, TX
12/4 - 12/6

Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency Conference
San Antonio, TX

ASHRAE Winter Conference
Las Vegas, NV
1/28 - 2/1
2017 SPEER Summit
Austin, TX
2/7 - 2/8

2017 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference
Chicago, IL
2/22 - 2/24
RESNET 2017 Conference
Scottsdale, AZ
2/27 -3/1 
National Energy Codes Conference 2017
Pittsburgh, PA
7/17 - 7/20

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