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BCAP & IMT’s Quarterly Bulletin for Code Officials - Q1 2016
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HOT TOPICS IN CODE COMPLIANCE
ICC Registration Deadline
Today is the deadline to register as an ICC member to be able to vote during the Group B code hearings (including the IECC). The Group B Committee Action Hearings will be held from April 17-27 in Louisville, Kentucky. Click here to view the hearing schedule.
2018 IECC Campaign
DOE has submitted several code change proposals for the 2018 IECC including both commercial and residential buildings. These proposals include a wider application of occupancy sensors in commercial buildings and envelope air leakage changes for all building types.

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ANSI approves revised RESNET/ICC Standard 301-2014 and Standard 380-2016
The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) has posted the revised publication of ANSI/RESNET/ICC Standard 301-2014, Standard for the Calculation and Labeling of the Energy Performance of Low-Rise Residential Buildings using an Energy Rating Index. The new standard was developed through the ANSI accredited RESNET Standard Development Process. These changes open up the option to allow organizations to prove to code officials that their Energy Rating Index code compliance for the 2015 IECC program meets the American consensus standard. This means that HERS Ratings can be used to calculate Energy Rating Index Scores under the 2015 IECC. 
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After undergoing considerable stakeholder input and review, RESNET and ICC have also completed work on the development of the RESNET/ICC 380-2016, Standard for Testing Air Tightness of Building Enclosures, Air Tightness of Heating and Cooling Air Distribution Systems and Air Flow of Mechanical Ventilation Systems. Standard 380 was developed by RESNET and ICC to provide a consensus national standard for a consistent, uniform methodology for evaluating the airtightness of building envelopes and heating and cooling air ducts and the air flows of mechanical ventilation systems.
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IN THE NEWS
The Energy Rating Index: What does the future hold?   
By Ryan Meres, IMT
A little over a year ago, I wrote a blog about the Energy Rating Index (ERI), the new compliance path included in the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). With the 2018 version of the IECC being developed this year, it seems appropriate to look at the success of the ERI and what the future may hold.

A Quick Refresher
The voluntary ERI path for the 2015 IECC gives builders the option of complying with the code by meeting a target Energy Rating Index score. This is a numerical score where 100 equates to the efficiency levels prescribed in the 2006 IECC and 0 is equivalent to a net-zero-energy (NZE) home. One example of this score is RESNET’s Home Energy Rating System (HERS). In addition to meeting the ERI target for a home’s climate zone, a builder using the ERI to show compliance must also meet the envelope requirements of the 2009 IECC.

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Commercial tenant occupancy changes may trigger energy code compliance
Commercial tenant occupancy changes may trigger review of energy code compliance. Although residential apartment tenants come and go, the space is still an apartment. As commercial tenants come and go, the code requirements may change due to the new tenant’s finish work for the building space. For example, the tenant finish work does not require energy code compliance if no alterations are made to the lighting systems, but if changes are made the new lighting system cannot use more power than is allowed for new construction. 

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ASHRAE Announces Changes to Appendix G
In advance of the 90.1-2016 updates, ASHRAE has announced that the Performance Rating Method, also known as Appendix G, will now be accepted as a method of demonstrating code compliance. The revised standalone appendix is available for purchase now in advance of the full code publication for those who wish to get ahead of the curve.

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FEATURED RESOURCES
Energy Code Commentator
Starting in February, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) launched a new training webinar series. The webinars will be hosted by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and will cover a variety of special topics pertaining to residential and commercial buildings.The Energy Code Commentator series will be held regularly on the second Thursday of every month at 1pm EST. For more information, including training presentations and other resources, please visit the training portal.
UPCOMING EVENTS
National Symposium on Market Transformation
March 20 - March 22
Baltimore, MD

DOE National Energy Codes Conference
March 21 - 24
Tucson, AZ

Air Barrier Association of America Conference and Tradeshow
March 22 - 24
Baltimore, MD

SPEER's Fourth Annual Summit
March 29 - 30
Austin, TX
SIPA Annual Conference and Meeting
April 4 - 6
San Juan, PR

Midwest Residential Energy Conference
April 5 - 6
Lexington, KY

Cx Energy Conference and Expo
April 11 - 13
Dallas, TX

Other events | ICC list of events
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