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National News

DOE Issues Final Determination on the 2015 IECC

On June 11, the Department of Energy announced findings on energy savings from adopting and complying with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Compared with residential buildings meeting the 2012 IECC, the 2015 edition achieves national source energy savings of approximately 0.87 percent, site energy savings of approximately 0.98 percent, and energy cost savings of 0.73 percent of residential building energy consumption. With the final determination established, each state is now required by statue to certify that it has reviewed DOE’s analysis on the residential building code provisions regarding energy efficiency and to make a determination as to whether to update its code to meet or exceed the 2015 IECC. Certification statements for the 2015 IECC must be submitted to the Building Technologies Office by June 12, 2017. State certifications for the ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013 for commercial building code provisions are due by September 26, 2016. For more information, visit the Building Energy Codes Program’s Determinations page.  


National News

Design Guide Helps Grocery Stores Cut Energy Use

Via Building Technologies Office
Grocery stores are responsible for approximately 9% of the total energy consumed by commercial buildings in the U.S.  To reduce this energy impact, a newly released Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores demonstrates how to cut typical energy use in half, conserving approximately 8 billion Btus of energy per year, per store – equivalent to the amount of energy consumed by 148 homes during the same period.



National News

High Performance Schools: Northeast States Paving the Way for This and Future Generations

Each year, K-12 schools spend around $8 billion on energy nationwide. They use 10% of the energy used by all commercial buildings and are the third biggest energy user of all commercial building types (U.S. EPA, 2011). What if these schools were built to be more energy-efficient and sustainable? What if building and operating high-performance school buildings were a natural part of the school design and construction practice? 




Measuring The Real Impact Of Building Design

Last month, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) had its national annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia. At the convention, BCAP’s President, Maureen Guttman, along with three other architects, gave a presentation on building commissioning to make one thing clear: building commissioning is here to stay and architects have big business opportunities to help shape the future direction of commissioning. 




My View: Utah Needs New Energy Codes That Make Buildings, Homes More Efficient

via Deseret News
Air pollution is a top concern for Utah citizens. So is financial stability. Improving our air quality while saving money for Utahns is a win-win opportunity. This summer, decision-makers will be voting whether or not to adopt up-to-date building energy codes that will help new homes and buildings constructed in Utah cut energy waste, lower air pollution and reduce Utahns’ energy bills. 



New California Building Efficiency Standards Set the Stage for Zero Net Energy Homes by 2020 

via NRDC’s Switchboard  
On Jun 10, the California Energy Commission voted unanimously today to approve updated building energy efficiency standards that the CEC says will cut regulated energy use in new homes by 28 percent and save consumers $31 a month compared to houses built under the current energy code. The new standards also set the stage for zero net energy new homes in the state within five years.

Also read: Energy Commission Continues March toward Zero Net Energy with 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards via California Energy Commission


Video to Watch

Congress Must Support Strong Statewide Building Codes 
via Buildstrong Coalition

The science behind mitigation and strong building codes is crystal clear. Strong statewide codes are our first and best line of defense again natural disasters.


Energy Code Quiz

In the 2015 IECC, which of the following was added as a compliance option for commercial projects under Section C406 Additional Efficiency Package Options?

a) Insulation of piping   
b) Enhanced kitchen exhaust system
c) Dedicated outdoor air system



Upcoming Events

2015 Silicon Valley Energy and Sustainability Summit
Redwood City, CA

627 - 7/1
ASHRAE 2015 Annual Conference
Atlanta, GA

7/22 - 7/23
2015 Building Science Fundamentals
Westford, MA

7/27 - 7/29
Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting
Dallas, TX

9/13 - 9/16
NASEO 2015 Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA

9/20 - 9/22
ACEEE 2015 National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource
Little Rock, AR

9/27 - 10/7
2015 ICC Annual Conference and Group A Public Comment Hearings
Long Beach, CA 

11/18 - 11/20
Washington, DC  

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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 at
See the full list of BCAP Energy Code Champions.


Useful Links

ICC’s new cloud-based system to collaborate, review, submit, and vote on code change proposals and public comments.  

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


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