Greenbuild 2013: Beyond Energy Codes

Paul Karrer

Greenbuild exposes its participants to a lot of new things in sustainable building: new ideas, new strategies, new products, and new people. While I was blown away by the number of attendees (I’ve seen estimates ranging from 20,000 to 30,000) from all over the spectrum of leaders in their fields, I was reminded of how much the larger universe of stakeholders in the building design and construction process dwarfs this group.

The U.S. Green Building Council’s yearly international conference and expo headed to a new venue in 2013: the City of Brotherly Love and the freshly expanded Philadelphia Convention Center. My BCAP colleagues Maureen Guttman and Cosimina Panetti and I attended the three-day event with an eye for the codes and energy performance areas. I also planned to take pick up all of all continuing education (CE) hours for my LEED Green Associate credential.


My Introduction to the Alliance and Energy Codes

Tom Woodruff

When I started at the Alliance to Save Energy, I wasn't sure what I was getting in to. While I understood I would have the chance to work with some of the experts at the forefront of energy efficiency, the only things I knew for certain were that my office was in Washington, D.C. and that energy codes were some sort of energy saving rule applied to building construction. Honestly, I was just happy for the opportunity to be a part of the team.

Nevertheless, in just three months, I have learned more than I could've ever hoped for. I've gained new skills, met amazing people, and really been able to dig in to the topic of building codes.

Proving the Adage: The House Always Wins in Atlantic City

Bill Fay
In a high-stakes debate to determine if energy efficient home construction is a real trend or a fleeting fad, local and state public officials from across the U.S. voted overwhelmingly for the former. Rejecting a withering campaign to roll back historic, 30% efficiency gains from the 2009 and 2012 versions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the officials produced a 2015 IECC that is equivalent to or perhaps slightly more energy efficient than the 2012 version it updates.
The immediate winners from the dozens of votes they cast at the International Code Council’s October Public Comment Hearings are America’s homebuyers – who will continue to pocket tens of thousands of dollars in lifetime savings from lower energy bills and live in better quality homes that are more comfortable, quieter, and enjoy a higher resale value. 

Congressional Briefing on Building Codes with Sen. Shaheen

Matt Kerns

On March 20th, 2012, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute hosted a Congressional Briefing on the importance of consumer involvement in energy codes. Speakers at the event were New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Stacy Weisfeld of Consumers Union, Maureen Guttman of Building Codes Assistance Project, and Laura Richardson of New Hampshire’s Office of Energy and Planning. The briefing examined not only the results of a survey[1] of over 5,000 U.S. households on their attitudes on energy efficiency and  residential energy codes conducted by Consumers Union, but also the benefits of energy codes and why they matter to policymakers. Lastly, the audience heard about state implementation through New Hampshire’s experience in making codes work in partnering with government and private stakeholders.

South Carolina – A Model of Successful Stakeholder Collaboration in Energy Code Adoption

Paul Karrer

For over a year, the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) has focused on South Carolina as a target state for the adoption of an updated building energy code. South Carolina regulates its building codes through a regulatory process, except for the South Carolina Energy Standard, which the state legislature must approve. The state’s previous energy code update legislation, House Bill 3550, enacted the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and became effective January 1, 2010.


Lessons Learned from Building Energy Code Compliance and Enforcement Evaluation Studies

Harry Misuriello, Sarah Penney, Maggie Eldridge, and Ben Foster

Alliance to Save Energy Efficiency Policy Summit 2010 - Energy Efficiency Opportunities Across the Smart Grid

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on September 27, 2010 by Anonymous

Andrew Flatness

The Alliance to Save Energy hosted their annual Policy Summit on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 in the Russell Senate Office Building where over 200 attendees listened to dialogue concerning current issues in the energy efficiency field and innovative opportunities.  The main focus of the summit was smart grid technology.  A smart grid is an electricity transmission and distribution grid featuring sensors, data coll

Oregon Reaches with New Code

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on March 30, 2010 by Paul Karrer

Nathalie Weinstein

Note: This article was originally published in the March 25 edition of the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce

When it comes to cutting Oregon’s carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, building to the standard building code isn’t cutting it. That’s why the Oregon Building Codes Division this month will begin developing the Oregon Reach Code, an optional building code that directs contractors to construct buildings significantly more energy efficient than under the present code.

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