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National News

Energy Codes In Action!

From March 23rd to 26th, energy code users and stakeholders of all types will meet in Nashville, Tennessee for the National Energy Codes Conference 2015 sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The first national conference dedicated solely to energy codes since 2011, “Energy Codes In Action” will offer a lively, solution-focused forum for all topics related to building energy codes and will help overcome the biggest compliance challenges we are facing today! By attending, you will also get a chance to participate in the JOLT Session (Just Opportunities to Learn and Think) and say what’s really on your mind on critical topics in the energy codes community.



National News

COMcheck is Now Released

Version includes support for the ASHRAE 90.1-2013 energy code. 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. Please note that the ASHRAE 90.1-2004 is no longer supported by COMcheck. LEARN MORE

NOTEAs announced last year, DOE will not provide a custom version for REScheck or COMcheck for state or local codes that provide less energy savings than the current versions of the national model codes.


National News

New Year, New Codes  

Energy efficiency rang in the New Year with seven states implementing new and improved building energy codes. The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the latest version of the energy code, is now enforced in Maryland and Vermont; the 2012 IECC is implemented in Idaho, Minnesota, and New York; and the 2009 IECC is used in Arkansas and Louisiana.   



National News

Outreach to Architects in Pennsylvania  

As often the first point of contact with prospective owners of new homes and buildings, architects are a key influencer in determining the level of energy efficiency that is included in new construction and major renovation projects. But architects have been largely absent from an important issue that’s left Pennsylvania unable to adopt an updated building code. 



Energy Code ChampionCongratulations Sudhir!

Sudhir Jindal is the Professional Engineer and Plans Examiner for the State of Ohio with responsibilities of ensuring compliance with building codes and ordinances focused on energy efficiency with all buildings at the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Industrial Compliance. 



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Articles We Think You’ll Enjoy

Secrets to Improving Building Efficiency by Carrie Rossenfeld, 

Former EPA Policy Counsel Sussman Says Agency ‘Back to the Drawing Board’ on Power Plan Targets, Building BlocksE&ETV


Energy Code Quiz

What year was the first version of the ASHRAE Standard 90 issued?



Upcoming Events

3/3 - 3/5
BuildingEnergy 15
Boston, MA 

2015 Race to Zero Student Design Competition 
Competition Submittals Due 

3/23 - 3/26
DOE National Energy Codes Conference 2015
Nashville, TN

4/13 - 4/14
SPEER’s 3rd Annual Summit 2015
Dallas, TX

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

Earth Day

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

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

For other events, click HERE.


Resources of the Issue

Implications of the 2015 IECC Energy Ratings Index (ERI), BCAP

Less is More: Transforming Low-Income Communities through Energy Efficiency, Habitat for Humanity


Useful Links

AIA’s new e-learning platform for the architectural community.  

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


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