In a groundbreaking move that promises to benefit both builders and homebuyers, the International Code Council (ICC) voted to incorporate an optional Energy Rating Index (ERI) compliance path into the 2015 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) at its meeting in Atlantic City. The meeting took place on October 7, 2013.
During the past few years there has been considerable interest in development of more aggressive commercial energy codes.
Improved energy efficiency could save American consumers approximately $1,000 on their annual energy bill, according to estimates in a new report from the Consumer Federation of America. This is because our appliances, electronics, vehicles, and buildings use far more energy than they need to, which leads to more harmful air pollution and unnecessary expense for consumers.
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.
“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.
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.