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  • The Southeast Energy Codes Coalition (SECC) is comprised of stakeholders who share a belief in the value of energy codes driven by sound building science and cost effective energy efficiency. The Coalition members share information, coordinate with peers and collaboratively address challenges in order to ensure the Southeast reaps the economic and health...

    posted by Seul Rhee | April 17, 2014
  • The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America research program has been a source of innovations in residential building energy performance, durability, quality, affordability and comfort for nearly 20 years. This world-class research program partners with industry (including many of the top U.S. homebuilders) to bring cutting-edge...

    posted by Seul Rhee | April 17, 2014
  • COMcheck determines compliance for additions in the same manner as new construction. When entering an addition, only the new portions of the building need to be shown in the software. COMcheck performs trade-offs between envelope assemblies when determining compliance. For example, if it is difficult to insulate the walls to a level adequate for meeting the wall component U-Factor requirement, then the insulation level in a roof or floor could...

    posted by Seul Rhee | April 16, 2014
  • Energy Code Ambassadors are experienced building code officials who have been specially trained and certified on the energy code, and volunteer to offer their expertise and assistance to other code professionals in their state. They provide customized assistance to other code professionals or the construction and design industry. For example, in working with neighboring building departments, they provide an overview of the state energy code, assist with a plan review or site inspection,...
    posted by Seul Rhee | April 16, 2014
  • Commercial fenestration has been identified as one of the most non-compliant provisions in the energy code. One reason is that many commercial window assemblies are site-built. Widely informing the design community about this requirement through regular trainings and at the beginning of each permitting process can help improve the compliance rate.

    For site-built windows, under the 2009 and 2012 IECC, a National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) Label Certificate must be provided for...

    posted by Seul Rhee | April 16, 2014
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