Codes & Standards

Building Efficiency

IECC to Heighten Energy Efficiency Requirements

Hearings to finalize the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) recently wrapped up with big wins for higher efficiency requirements in existing buildings, controls for lighting and daylighting hardware, and HVAC equipment specifications.

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DOE Issues Commercial Refrigeration Rulemaking Updates

“The Alliance applauds the Department of Energy’s issuance Thursday of the Notices of Proposed Rulemaking for commercial refrigeration equipment and walk-in coolers and freezers. On his very first day in office, Secretary Moniz committed to advancing energy efficiency —and this latest action demonstrates the DOE is serious about helping Americans save energy and money.

Energy Efficiency

2013 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards Update

California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards are updated on an approximately three-year cycle. The 2013 Standards will continue to improve upon the current 2008 Standards for new construction of, and additions and alterations to, residential and nonresidential buildings. The 2013 Standards will go into effect on January 1, 2014.

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2014 Light Bulb Efficiency Standards Blocked

The Energy and Water spending bill for 2014 that’s winding its way through the House was being treated as a political football before Wednesday. But this morning, as The Hill reports, the House added insult to injury by passing a GOP amendment to the bill that blocks enforcement of new light bulb standards.

Stretch Codes

The Role of LEED Certification in Historic Preservation

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study recently achieved LEED-NC v3 Gold certification for its renovation of the historic Fay House, making it the oldest LEED certified building in the United States (the oldest LEED building in the world was built in 1453 and is located in Venice, Italy).

Building Efficiency

California Green Building Standards Code for Non-Residential Buildings

This guide was developed and is distributed by the California Building Standards Commission as a means of introducing the 2010 California Green Building Standards Code, which is Part 11 of the California Building Standards Code in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations.

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Alternative Approach to Developing Baseline Data Using Energy Code Compliance Reports

Application of Commercial Sector Code Energy Code Compliance Documents for Assessing Baseline Practice  Attempts to understand energy end-use baselines for different technologies are critically important for: understanding current practice in the marketplace, determining energy efficiency technical potential, developing effective efficiency programs, and properly evaluating new construction and lost opportunity programs. Unfortunately, there are considerable challenges in