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2015 National Energy Codes Conference Recap

After a three-year hiatus, the Department of Energy’s National Energy Codes Conference returned in March 2015 for two and half days of inspiring education and a reminder of the importance of energy code support in our country. The March 23-26, 2015 conference was a great success, many thanks to the over 250 attendees, session speakers, moderators, and plenary speakers who brought so much enthusiasm to the conference. For those who missed the conference, this newsletter brings you insights from our plenary speakers, links to the session presentations and conference photos.



National News

COMcheck™ for Windows® Version 4.0.0 (Build Version: 

Version 4.0.0 includes support for the ASHRAE 90.1-2013 energy code; for other supported codes see below.* This release also includes 2014 New York Energy Conservation Construction Code amendments and various minor modifications to the energy code requirements for North Carolina (metal building assemblies) and Oregon (economizers). All COMcheck projects evaluating envelope compliance, regardless of the energy code, are now required to specify ‘Building Envelope Area Type(s)’ in the Project screen and assign each envelope assembly to the applicable building area type. ASHRAE 90.1-2004 is no longer supported by COMcheck.   
Support for the 2015 IECC will be coming in late September 2015.
*Supported Codes:  2006, 2009, and 2012 IECC. ASHRAE Standard 90.1:2007, 2010, and 2013. Various state-developed energy codes.


National News

Taking A Closer Look At Commercial Construction Data

More regional energy efficiency organizations are examining commercial construction data to gain insights into the commercial construction trends and the economic impact of building energy code adoption and implementation on the construction trends. Raw construction data on permits can provide valuable information especially when paired with volume and accuracy. Permit data helps understand the state of both current and future market. It helps understand what kind of impact newer state-level energy code adoption and implementation have on the market and communities at local and state-level.



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Summary Of Four Surveys: Consumer Attitudes On Energy Codes And What They’re Willing To Pay 

Consumer demand for energy efficiency is a topic energy code advocates need to understand.We want to knowthe answers to questions like, “Do consumers believe in conserving energy through increasing energy efficiency in their homes?” and “How much are consumers willing to pay for home improvements for efficiency?” so we can make a stronger case for our support for energy-efficient building codes. Recently, the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) looked at four major consumer surveys and summarized their findings in a fact sheet. Although the surveys were conducted by various organizations, the findings led to a strikingly similar conclusion: Consumers want and expect energy efficiency when buying a new home. Click here to read the fact sheet.

You can read the full reports of each of the surveys at the following links: What Home Buyers Really Want | Energy Codes Messaging Test | Idaho Homeowner Energy Code Survey | 2015 Public Opinion Survey


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Energy Code Quiz

Which state ranked No.1 in ACEEE's State Energy Efficiency Scorecard in 2014?
a) CA   
b) OR
c) VT
d) MA
e) CT



Upcoming Events

4/19 - 4/28
ICC 2015 Committee Action Hearings: Group A Codes
Memphis, TN

4/20 - 4/22
National Symposium on Market Transformation
Washington, DC

Earth Day

4/27 - 4/30
CxEnergy 2015 Conference and Expo
Henderson, NV

5/1 - 5/31
Building Safety Month

5/12 - 5/13
2015 Energy Efficiency Global Forum
Washington, DC

5/19 - 5/21
AESP Spring Conference
Portland, Oregon

5/20 - 5/21
2015 Building Science Fundamentals
Westford, MA 

5/27 - 5/29
Better Buildings Summit
Washington, DC

6/15 - 6/16
2015 Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit
Bretton Woods, NH

For other events, click HERE.


Nominate Your Energy Code Champion!

For each bi-monthly issued newsletter, the BCAP Energy Code Champion recognizes someone who has been working hard behind the scenes to support for improving building energy codes and policy. By recognizing these committed contributors, we want to help in amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. If you would like to nominate someone, please send their name, organization, and a few sentences on their work promoting and advancing energy codes to Seul Rhee 
at See the full list of BCAP Energy Code Champions.


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The Building Codes Assistance Project promotes the adoption, implementation, and advancement of building energy codes on the local, state, and international levels. BCAP is a proud project of the Trust for Conservation Innovation.