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BCAP & IMT’s Quarterly Bulletin for Code Officials - Q3 2016
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THE DECODER

 IMPROVING COMPLIANCE WITH THE ENERGY CODE 

HOT TOPICS IN CODE COMPLIANCE
ICC Public Comment Agenda
The Public Comment Agenda for the 2018 IECC was posted on September 9th, and the schedule for the 2016 Group B Public Comment Hearings is now available. The hearings will begin on October 19th at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Mo., and will be broadcast online here. Final changes to the codes will be decided through both in-person and online voting via the ICC’s cdpACCESS.

YOUR VOTE IS CRITICAL as the 2018 codes are developed, and can prevent roll-backs and trade-offs that are being championed by efficiency opponents.

For more information on the power in your hands, click here.

Residential Public Comment Agenda
Commercial Public Comment Agenda
Voting Procedures
IN THE NEWS
New HERS Ratings Surge in First Half of 2016
HERS ratings are becoming increasingly important in the mainstream of the U.S. housing market, with 100,286 new homes being issued a HERS index score since the beginning of 2016! This represents a 15% increase in demand for HERS ratings in a year. Additionally, the energy performance of the rated homes has improved, with the average HERS Index score of the first half of 2016 being 61, a two-point improvement over the second half of 2015.  

Read more from the Natural Resources Defense Council here.
Building Science Corporation Addresses Ductwork Complications
The Building Science Corporation has published an article tackling the difficulties of ductwork in humid climates. “Insight, No Sweat” details attempts to minimize condensation on ductwork in hot-humid and mixed-humid climates, namely dropped ceilings, conditioned attics, and burying the ducts. A reference document, "Ducts in Conditioned Space", looks at how the location of the duct system can have a significant impact in terms of both utility use and the ability to provide comfort and prevent energy loss.

Insight No Sweat: Condensation on ductwork and boots in hot-humid and mixed-humid climates

Resource: Info-602: Ducts in Conditioned Space
The Demands of Mixed-Use Facilities
In this Q&A published by Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine, several engineers with experience on mixed-use facilities offer insights and advice on successfully executing a mixed-use project, while balancing the often conflicting building codes that come with each type of construction. They discuss the requirements the the 2015 IECC, the benefits of coordinating with local jurisdictions early in the process, and more.

Read more from Consulting-Specifying Engineer here.
Northern Nevada Welcomes a New Compliance Path
Several municipalities and counties in Northern Nevada recently joined states around the nation by adopting the 2015 IECC Energy Rating Index (ERI) compliance option. The state’s current residential energy code – the 2012 IECC – is still in effect, but has been amended in these locations to include an ERI compliance path and a 2009 IECC thermal envelope backstop. RESNET has estimated that a home built to comply with the minimum prescriptive requirements of the 2012 IECC would achieve a HERS score of 70, about 7% less efficient than the scores required by Northern Nevada’s new compliance path.

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FEATURED RESOURCES
What Do Builders Want from HERS Raters? The Insulation Institute has released a free guide on why builders use HERS raters, what they expect from the HERS raters, and how a HERS index score can deliver a greater value for a newly built or renovated home. Fill out the form in this link to learn more.
WEBINARS AND MORE
The Energy Codes Commentator series by the U.S. Department of Energy is a webinar-based training series held on the second Thursday of every month.
View upcoming webinars and past events
Webinars are listed at the bottom of this page

The U.S. Department of Energy, via the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL), has a new free webinar available online about COMcheck software. Click here to view the webinar, its transcript, or its presentation slides, or to check out other courses in the series.

A fourth part of an ongoing IMT webinar series examines proposed changes to the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), highlighting requirements in multifamily construction, lighting, commercial code, Energy Rating Index proposals, and more.
Key Performance and Energy Rating Index Proposals | October 6, 3-4:30 PM EDT
UPCOMING EVENTS
Getting to Zero National Forum
Denver, CO
October 12-14

2016 ICC Annual Conference
Kansas City, MO
October 16-18

2016 SEEA & AESP Southeast Conference
Atlanta, GA
October 25-26

Southwest Energy Codes Conference
Phoenix, AZ
November 3-4
2017 SPEER Summit
Austin, TX
February 7-8, 2017

RESNET 2017 Conference
Scottsdale, AZ
Feb 27-March 1, 2017

National Energy Codes Conference 2017
Pittsburgh, PA
July 17-20, 2017

Other events | ICC list of events
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