Energy Code Adoptions in 2015

Energy Code Adoptions in 2015 Hawaii In July 2015, the Hawaii State Building Code Council unanimously approved the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with amendments. The code sets energy efficiency requirements for both residential and commercial buildings. Read more about this code here. Maryland On January 1, 2015, the State of Maryland adopted the 2015 IECC with local adoption and enforcement required by July 1, 2015. It was the first state to adopt the most recent ...
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Do Energy Codes Work?

Do Energy Codes Work? Preliminary results from the largest residential energy code field study ever conducted in the U.S. show they do. By Ryan Meres, IMT Last year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that eight states would be part of a three-year Residential Energy Code Field Study. Once completed, the study will provide an unprecedented opportunity to develop new strategies for education, training, and outreach for improving the energy efficiency of single-family homes, as wel...
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What to expect in the 2015 IECC Commercial Provisions, Part II

What to expect in the 2015 IECC Commercial Provisions, Part II By Ryan Meres, IMT The first installment of this article was published in the May 2015 edition of The Decoder. Part I discussed the improved provisions for commissioning, HVAC equipment, water heating, and lighting. In this article, we'll cover some important changes to: Additional efficiency package options Rooms with fuel burning appliances Walk-in coolers and freezers Refrigerated display cases Equipment buildings ...
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Homebuyer Demand for Energy Codes

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Homebuyer Demand for Energy Codes Consumer demand for energy efficiency is a topic energy code advocates need to understand. We want to know the answers to questions like "do consumers believe in conserving energy through increasing energy efficiency in their homes?" and "how much are consumers willing to pay for home improvements for efficiency?" so that we can make a stronger case for our support for energy efficient building codes. Recently, BCAP looked at four major consumer surveys a...
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Appraised Value and Energy Efficiency: Getting It Right

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Appraised Value and Energy Efficiency: Getting It Right This resource was also featured in a November 25th article in National Mortgage Professional Magazine. While location, design, and price are a home buyer’s main considerations, surveys show that buyers rank energy efficiency as one of the most desirable features, and importantly, when there is sufficient energy savings - one they’re willing to pay more for. However, energy efficiency can be overlooked in the appraisal process for a ...
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Energy Codes Get It Done

Energy Codes Get It Done. If every state began 2015 with the 2012 IECC for residential and commercial construction and moved from 60% compliance to 100% compliance by 2030, how much would the cumulative source energy savings, energy cost savings, and carbon emission reductions be in 2030? Using the energy data provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and BCAP's Energy Code Calculator, BCAP calculated the estimated savings and reductions in each state. Cumulative S...
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Gap Analysis: Minnesota

Gap Analysis: Minnesota This Minnesota Gap Analysis Report was prepared as part of the BCAP Compliance Planning Assistance Program. The purpose of this report is twofold: 1) to document and analyze the unique strengths and weaknesses of the state’s existing building energy code adoption and implementation infrastructure and policies; and 2) to recommend actions that state agencies, local jurisdictions, and other stakeholders can take to support and encourage local jurisdictions to adopt, enforc...
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