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BCAP & IMT’s Quarterly Bulletin for Code Officials - Q1 2017
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THE DECODER

 IMPROVING COMPLIANCE WITH THE ENERGY CODE 

HOT TOPICS IN CODE COMPLIANCE
What a Trump Presidency Might Mean for Energy Codes
At the August mid-year board meeting of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), now-President Donald Trump spoke of cutting taxes and regulation, which could pose an interesting problem for the field of building energy codes. Realistically, though, the requirements in the Energy Conservation and Production Act give the Department of Energy (DOE) no enforcement authority. Ryan Meres, Senior Code Compliance Specialist at IMT, writes that even though the president-elect has stated in the past that he believes "climate change is a hoax," it is unlikely that the administration will backtrack on current code stringency, due to the increasing strength of state and local code enforcement.

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ASHRAE Published Standard 90.1-2016, Latest Standard for Commercial Buildings
Developed jointly with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), this updated standard provides guidelines for energy efficiency in commercial and high-rise residential buildings. It contains several important changes to reduce energy consumption; other revisions include a new format for easier reading, updated climate zones, and the inclusion of the Performance Rating Method (Appendix G) as a compliance path.

Read more from the U.S. Department of Energy
Federal Low-Rise Guidelines Updated
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published new rules for federal energy efficiency standards for federally owned low-rise residential buildings. This rule, which updates the standards to match the 2015 IECC, will take effect on March 13th, and will apply to all buildings for which design for construction begins on or after January 10, 2018.

Read the full text of the rule here
IN THE NEWS
Nation's Capital Sets Standards on Code Enforcement
The Washington, D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) announced on December 2nd that its Green Building Division has earned one of the highest ratings available from IMT and Cadmus' independent Commercial Energy Code Compliance audit. The purpose of this joint audit program is to assess how comprehensively and consistently a jurisdiction's code is enforced. According to a press release from DCRA, the department earned high marks for instituting an energy verification form on its building plans that allows designers to demonstrate compliance, and also highlighted the value and reach of DCRA-sponsored energy code training workshops. The release also notes the high volume of work performed by DCRA: in fiscal year 2016, they completed more than double the number of green permit reviews from 2015.

Read the press release from DCRA
BECP NEWS
PNNL Code Compliance Briefs
In October 2016, the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) released several additions to its series of code compliance briefs. The new briefs cover topics ranging from installing photovoltaic systems, to controlling moisture, to heat recovery and ventilation in colder climates.

Check out these and other code compliance briefs here.
FEATURED RESOURCES
Multifamily Energy Efficiency Retrofits: Barriers and Opportunities for Deep Energy Savings
This paper, co-authored by regional energy efficiency organizations from around the country, discusses the enormous energy reduction potential in multifamily dwellings and the barriers that still exist. This paper is intended to inform energy program administrators and policymakers as they look to multifamily energy savings as part of broader energy savings and sustainability efforts.

Read more from MEEA
WEBINARS AND MORE

The Wednesday Webinar Series is returning for another round that will last through February 15th. These webinars are applicable to stakeholders nationwide, and will cover topics ranging from HERS ratings, energy codes specific to log homes, COMcheck basics, and the IECC for multi-family construction. These webinars are free and all begin at 12:00pm MST (2:00pm EST).
Learn more and register for individual webinars

Building America's Stump the Building Science Chump webinar series continues on February 22nd at 3:00pm ET. Professionals in the residential construction industry are invited to submit questions to building.america@ee.doe.gov.

UPCOMING EVENTS
ASHRAE Winter Conference
Las Vegas, NV
January 28-February 1

2017 SPEER Summit
Austin, TX
February 7-8, 2017

Midwest Energy Solutions Conference
Chicago, IL
February 22-24

RESNET 2017 Conference
Scottsdale, AZ
Feb 27-March 1
Better Buildings: Better Business
Wisconsin Dells, WI
March 1-3

ASHRAE Annual Conference
Long Beach, CA
June 24-28

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

Other events | ICC list of events
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