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>>Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Increase Building Energy Code Compliance Rates
The Building Technologies Office (BTO) has awarded $6 million to fund projects that will:
--Measure current residential energy code compliance rate using a methodology that provides statewide results with 90% reliability.
--Implement an education, training, and outreach program designed to increase residential building energy code compliance.
--Measure the post-program residential building energy code compliance rate using the same methodology employed in the pre-program study.
The projects will investigate whether investing in education, training, and outreach programs can produce a significant change in residential building code compliance rates. If these activities do produce significant change, non-government entities, particularly utilities, could be influenced to make substantial investments in similar programs.

Keep up to date on the latest Buildings news
>>Standards for Uniform Data Collection and Transfer in Home Performance Updated
The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) announced that updates to its BPI-2100-S-2013: Standard for Home Performance-Related Data Transfer (HPXML) and BPI-2200-S-2013: Standard for Home Performance-Related Data Collection have been published and are now available on the BPI website.   
Version 2.0.0 of the data standards includes additional data elements, technical improvements to HPXML, and revisions to existing data elements. A list of changes for this version can be found in Annex C of BPI-2100.

>>ASHRAE/IES Publish User’s Manual for Standard 90.1
Guidance on how to incorporate changes regarding building envelope, lighting, mechanical and the energy cost budget in the 2013 energy standard from ASHRAE and IES are included in a newly published User’s ManualANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, incorporates 110 addenda, reflecting changes made through the public review process.

>>DOE Issues Preliminary Determination of Energy Savings for ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued its Preliminary Determination for ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, affirming that the updated Standard provides an additional 8.5 percent energy savings over the previous edition.  Interested stakeholders are invited to submit public comments within 30 days from publication of this Notice in the Federal Register.  DOE expects to finalize its Determination later this year. Further information on DOE support for building energy codes is available at

>>The Building Codes Assistance Project Updates on Building Energy Codes
BCAP Newsletters are quarterly summaries of what's been happening at the Building Codes Assistance Project and building energy code progress around the nation.  To access the full archive, click here. Here are some of the recent alerts from the BCAP Code Alerts released released weekly by the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) and its website, the Online Code Environment & Advocacy Network (OCEAN). Code Alert Bulletins are designed to share information and support timely participation in state and local activities related to the adoption and implementation of building energy codes. The bulletins highlight immediate opportunities to influence state and local policy outcomes, indicate code status, and recommend contacts for action. Topics addressed in the current issue include:
*New General Alert*
Building Technologies Office (BTO) - BTO Awards $6 MIllion to Increase Compliance
The Energy Department’s BTO program has allocated $6 million to fund projects that will assess residential energy code compliance and introduce an education, training, and outreach program to increase rates of compliance.
*New State and Local Alerts*
Montana - Public Hearing and Comment Period on Proposed Changes to Residential Energy Code
On August 14, the Department of Labor and Industry will hold a public hearing to consider the proposed amendments to numerous nationally recognized building codes, including the residential energy code. The public hearing will be held in the Large Conference Room, 301 South Park Avenue, 4th Floor, Helena, Montana. Comments on the amendments must also be submitted by this date to

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