The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has updated its methodology
for assessing the cost effectiveness of building energy codes. The Department relies upon this methodology in evaluating both individual code change proposals and entire new editions of model codes, such as the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ASHRAE Standard 90.1. DOE developed its methodology through a public process
, and reviews its methods regularly to ensure its underlying analysis and assumptions remain valid.
of the update is available, which includes a discussion of relevant issues raised by program stakeholders through a recent request for information (RFI). In addition, a ‘redline’ document is provided to illustrate the specific revisions
to the methodology that resulted. The combination of documents is intended to ensure transparency and make the update more easily understood.
>>2018 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) to Consolidate ICC, ASHRAE Standards Source:energycodesocean.org
In a deal nearly two years in the making, the International Code Council (ICC) and ASHRAE have signed the final agreement that outlines each organization’s role in the development and maintenance of the new version of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).
>>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 State and Local Alerts*
Florida - UPDATE: RECA Withdraws Petition on Window Declaratory Statement
*Ongoing National Alerts*
Department of Energy - Webinars and Stakeholder Meeting for the 2018 IECC
*Ongoing State and Local Alerts*
California - Two Proposed Amendments to the Public Utilities Code
Nebraska - Review of Current and Future State Energy Codes
Pennsylvania - Recently Introduced Legislation Would Update Building Codes