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Welcome to the second issue of the Energy Codes Connection!  We want to start the New Year with you by celebrating BCAP’s 20 years of dedication to energy efficiency and sharing some exciting projects from the world of building energy codes. From successful case studies of commercial energy savings in Ohio to projects on increasing design professionals’ role in energy code compliance and to a commercial lighting campaign, this issue will get you pumped for a new, more energy-efficient year.

Read the articles below and be sure to share them with your colleagues. And please contact us with your ideas and suggestions to make this newsletter more valuable for YOU.

Here’s to our new year!

Maureen Guttman, AIA
Executive Director, Building Codes Assistance Project

National News

New from DOE’s Building America Program
Every housing industry professional would love to know the future for a compelling business advantage. “Well you can predict the future accurately. All you have to do is leave out the parts you could be wrong about.” Although this sounds like a joke, it is actually a powerful truth. That’s because there is so much we can be certain about, if we look carefully. Read more


Engaging More Architects to Meet the Compliance Goal
Design professionals, especially architects, bear large responsibility in the development of our built environment. Encouraging architects to become more committed to energy efficiency and sustainable design through energy codes not only has the potential in increasing their influence over their design but is also one of the critical keys to meet the compliance goal. Read more      

Energy Code Champion

BCAP is proud to announce Gary Flamm of the California Energy Commission, as January’s BCAP Energy Code Champion! Flamm, Supervisor at the California Energy Commission, has been behind the highly-influential Title 24 and Title 20 lighting regulations in CA, in addition to numerous other issues regarding the lighting standards. Read more

Regional News

MEEA Case Studies Highlight Commercial Energy Savings in Ohio
In response to some of Ohio legislators’ push to weaken the consumer benefits and value of energy efficiency, MEEA developed case studies to prove the critical importance of energy efficiency standard in Ohio. The case studies highlight three different types of businesses… Read more



Update on REScheck and COMcheck
REScheck 4.5.0 was released in November. The update includes the redesigned Inspection Checklist and Requirements screen for 2012 IECC, and added support for the 2012 Washington State Energy Code, the Illinois Energy Conservation Code, and the Utah Energy Conservation Code. Click to download HERE. A new version of COMcheck will be available at the end of January.


Better Buildings Alliance

Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking Campaign
The LEEP Campaign is a recognition and guidance program designed to encourage facility owners and managers to take advantage of savings opportunities from high efficient lighting solutions in their parking facilities. By joining the Campaign, you can access to free tools and expertise to lower your facilities’ operating costs through innovative ways! Read more

Resource of the Month

Buried and/or Encapsulated Ducts – Code-compliant, tried-and-true solutions to improve energy performance of ducts in unconditioned spaces. Read more about DOE’s Building America research on energy conservation through buried and/or encapsulated ducts. 

Energy Code Quiz

How much in source BTUs and energy dollars can $1 of federal funds save annually?  Click here for the answer!
Have a question of your own? Ask now!

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Useful Links

OCEAN's Beyond Code Portal
Comprehensive collection of advanced and green energy codes 

BECP’s technical center for all questions related to energy codes and compliance software and tools.

Energy Advocate
Alliance to Save Energy’s energy advocate center. 

BCAP Seeks a Circuit Rider in Ohio

BCAP is seeking one or two Circuit Rider trainers to provide technical training and assistance to building code enforcement professionals across Ohio. Read more
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