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>>BPI's Home Energy Auditing Standard Published as ANSI Standard 

Source: homeenergy.gov /  Mike Kandel  
The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) announced that BPI-1100-T-2014: Home Energy Auditing Standard has been published as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard. The Home Energy Auditing Standard defines the requirements for a building science-based evaluation, or audit, of existing detached single-family dwellings and townhouses that meet specific criteria detailed in the scope of the standard. Read more here. 

>>2015 Energy Codes Conference Returning in 2015 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is holding an energy codes conference for the first time since 2011. This conference, scheduled for March 24-26, 2015, in Nashville, Tennessee, will be solely dedicated to energy codes. A major theme will be achieving compliance but sessions will cover development, adoption, policy and research. Click here to register and here for more information.

>>2014 Green Building Standard Now Available from ASHRAE/USGBC/IES
Source: ashrae.org
New requirements to further reduce energy and environmental impacts of buildings are contained in the 2014 version of the green building standard from ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society.

ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, addresses the areas of site sustainability; water-use efficiency; energy ef¬≠ficiency; indoor environmental quality; and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources.  Read more here.

>>DOE Issues Preliminary Determination of Energy Savings for Residential Buildings
Source: energycodes.gov
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Notice of Preliminary Determination for the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), preliminarily affirming that the updated code will result in energy savings in residential buildings. DOE analysis indicates that buildings meeting the 2015 IECC (as compared with buildings meeting the 2012 IECC) would result in national energy savings of approximately 1.12 percent of residential building energy consumption, as regulated by the IECC. If this determination is finalized, each state would be required by statute to certify that it has reviewed the provisions of its residential building code regarding energy efficiency, and made a determination as to whether to update their code to meet or exceed the 2015 IECC. 

The DOE Building Energy Codes Program encourages increased energy efficiency through building codes and standards. DOE is required to review published editions of model codes, including the IECC and Standard 90.1, and issue a determination as to whether the updated edition is expected to result in energy savings in residential and commercial buildings, respectively. Through its support for building energy codes, DOE helps states and local governments realize significant energy savings, resulting in cost savings for U.S. home and business owners, and associated environmental benefits due to avoided greenhouse gas emissions. Read more here. 
 
>>Building Codes Assistance Project Updates on Building Energy Codes
Source: energycodesocean.org
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: 
 
* Ongoing General Alerts *
DOE - Register for the DOE National Energy Codes Conference 2015: Energy Codes In Action! 
DOE - Seeks Input on Definition for Zero Energy Buildings

* New State and Local Alerts *
San Antonio, TX – Set to Become the First City in Texas to Adopt the 2015 IECC

* Ongoing State and Local Alerts *
Colorado - Public Utilities Commission Considers Changes to the Energy Benchmarking Rule
New York - New Commercial Code Becomes Effective on January 1, 2015
Pennsylvania - Public Hearings on the 2015 I-Codes Adoption on Jan. 14 & Feb. 11
South Carolina – Requests Comments Concerning the Adoption of 2015 I-Codes
 

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