BCAP & IMT’s Quarterly Bulletin for Code Officials
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To better represent the intention of our bulletin, BCAP and IMT have changed the bulletin name from The Enforcer to The Decoder. It is still a quarterly bulletin that delivers targeted, technical information on energy code enforcement and compliance to building officials, plans examiners, and inspectors. Our goal is to improve energy code compliance through a well-informed enforcement community. Topic areas will include explanations and technical opinions on energy code provisions, sharing of best practices, new and helpful resources, and current issues related to enforcement and compliance. Each edition will also include highlights from the Energy Code Ambassador’s Program (ECAP) created by BCAP and the International Code Council (ICC). 

Hot Topics in Code Enforcement

Less Than 100 Days to Comment on EPA's Clean Power Plan
In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a historic plan under the Clean Air Act’s Section 111(d) to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the nation’s largest source:  existing power plants.  Because 71 percent of America’s electricity is consumed by residential and commercial buildings, building energy codes – which have proven to be among the most cost effective measures to reduce carbon emissions – should be a prominent part of the menu of options that states can include in the State Compliance Plans they file with EPA.  Unfortunately, EPA’s proposed plan doesn’t name specific “demand reduction” measures, like “energy efficiency,” that would be eligible for emission credits, let alone cite building energy codes as an option for state compliance plans. Continue reading

RESNET and ICC Collaborate as HERS Ratings Becomes a Significant Part of the 2015 IECC
To coincide with the International Code Council (ICC) release of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) in June, ICC and the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) published a comprehensive strategy to work together and ease the transition of the implementation of the energy rating index option included in the 2015 IECC. Continue reading 

Energy Code Tool Explainied

International Code Council Rolls Out cdpACCESS

After years of development, testing, and anticipation, the International Code Council (ICC) has finally rolled out its online voting portal, cdpACCESS. The new system will allow ICC Governmental Member Voting Representatives (GMVR’s) to vote on code change proposals right from their desk. In short, this one’s a game changer.
Previously, participating in Committee Action Hearings or Public Comment Hearings meant expensive travel for up to a week each time; a privilege usually reserved for major jurisdictions with the budget to allow that. cdpACCESS will completely democratize the model code development process. Continue reading

The Growth of DET Verifier Programs

Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) Verifiers are individuals certified to perform duct and envelope tightness testing on residential construction. The term and concept first appeared in the 2011 Georgia Amendments to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Georgia amended the 2009 IECC to require building envelope leakage testing and eliminated the visual inspection option. Since the 2009 IECC already required duct leakage testing, this meant that both a duct and envelope leakage test would have to be conducted. Continue reading

Webinar to Catch

Realizing Energy Efficiency Goals Through an Outcome-Based Pathway
August 27, 3:00PM EDT 

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