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2018 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) to Consolidate ICC, ASHRAE Standards

In a deal nearly two years in the making, the International Code Council (ICC) and ASHRAE have signed the final agreement that outlines each organization’s role in the development and maintenance of the new version of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).

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New Report Compares Cost-Effectiveness Methodologies as Congress Considers Requirements for Energy Code Updates

A significant proposal before Congress would require proposed energy code changes to be evaluated for their cost-effectiveness prior to inclusion in a code. The proposal before Congress designates simple payback as the principal basis for evaluating the cost-effectiveness of proposed energy code changes, but two other methods for determining cost-effectiveness are Life Cycle Cost (LCC) and Mortgage Cash-Flow (MCF).

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Northeast: New Report on Codes, Construction Trends
by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)

According to the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)’s new white paper, Construction Codes in the Northeast: Myths and Realities of Energy Code Adoption and the Economic Effects, there is “no discernable connection between the implementation of new energy codes and levels of construction activity in either the commercial or residential sector”.

This new resource addresses builder concerns over the upfront costs of energy codes, provides an analysis of the economic effects of regional energy code implementation, and helps states predict the savings potential (in projected energy cost and carbon savings) of switching to the latest energy codes. Also see NEEP’s 2015 Energy Code Rundown for an article on energy code adoptions this year in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, and check out their Bulletin Board for the very latest updates. 
Midwest: Supporting Energy Codes in St. Louis, MO
by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)

At the August 12th St. Louis County Building Commission Meeting, the Missouri Sierra Club Chapter and nineteen residents delivered a petition supporting the adoption of the 2015 Residential International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as written.

MEEA, as well as other technical experts in the field of healthy homes, Net-Zero Energy construction, home energy assessments and low-income communities, testified about the benefits the 2015 IECC will bring to St. Louis County and its residents. For a full recap of the event, check out the MEEA unplugged blog.
Southeast: Report on Florida Circuit Rider Program Now Available

Energy code circuit riders are in-field experts that meet with specific individuals to address code compliance and enforcement needs. Circuit riders travel to individual jurisdictions to provide tailored technical assistance and resources to support energy code compliance. The Florida program aimed to develop a snapshot of code enforcement in the field, and identify needs for future targeted technical assistance to strengthen enforcement of Florida’s commercial code. 

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Southwest: Meeting Held on Energy Efficiency in Multifamily Buildings
by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Partnership (SWEEP)

The multifamily building sector is quickly becoming a top building type in the southwest, comprising 39% of all residential housing starts in the region. Accordingly, SWEEP hosted its first meeting focused on energy efficiency in multifamily buildings on July 24 in Denver, with participation from numerous stakeholder sectors. For more information, check out the SWEEP news brief.
Coming Soon: The 2015 IECC in COMcheck 

In October, COMcheck will include the 2015 IECC as a code compliance option. In the meantime, users can still show compliance using ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013 (which is referenced as a compliance option in the 2015 IECC). To download the most recent version of COMcheck, visit
New Resource from BCAP and the Appraisal Institute Now Available to Aid in Obtaining Accurate Appraisals

Buyers rank energy efficiency as one of the most desirable new home features, and homes built to the 2012 or 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) are 15-16% more efficient than those built to the 2009 IECC or earlier.

However, some builders believe that energy efficiency is overlooked in the appraisal process; other builders are receiving accurate appraisals by taking specific actions to secure accurate appraisals. BCAP and the Appraisal Institute collaborated to create the three-page letter for builders, buyers, and mortgage lenders, available here.
Energy Code Quiz

Q: How many states have adopted a statewide residential code that meets or exceeds the 2012 IECC?

A: See BCAP's Code Status Map.
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