The Northeast region of the U.S. is above average in its adoption of energy codes. The biggest opportunities exist in the areas of compliance and enforcement. Join this group to learn more about strategies for compliance, to share resources and ideas, and to help bring the rest of the Northeastern states up to speed.
This code compliance case study looks at the Wisconsin practice requiring design professionals to sign a statement of compliance at the completion of a building project. This practice requires that a design professional be involved not only with the plan review, but also during the construction process.
This document breaks down the associated costs for important state-led activities which support energy code compliance over a 3 year period, distinuishing between small, medium, and large states.
This document takes a look at valuable state-led activities which support energy code compliance and identifies average associated costs over a 3 year period.
In the City of Austin, Texas, which had grown to nearly 800,000 residents by 2010, the adoption and implementation of a requirement for third-party testing to verify compliance with energy codes in new residential buildings has bolstered energy efficient residential construction. The process of designing and adopting a third-party testing requirement has generated awareness among developers, homebuilders, and contractors of the need to achieve minimum energy efficiency standards. Implementation of a code-required testing program has held these stakeholders more accountable for seeing that these standards are met. The end result: higher energy code compliance rates in newly constructed homes.
This code compliance case study looks at the role of third-party plan review as a way to improve compliance with building energy codes.
Residential-type ENERGY STAR windows are a good choice for saving energy in single family and many multifamily buildings. However, structural, safety and façade design considerations in mid- and high-rise buildings often call for commercial-type windows which are not part of the ENERGY STAR program. This fact sheet summarizes the issues of specifying energy efficient windows in mid- and high-rise residential buildings, and provides recommended U-factor and SHGC values for a few design scenarios.
Full Report: Windows for Mid- and High-rise Residential Building
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