The State of Technology: Outcome-Based Energy Codes and zEPI

News / August 1, 2016 / Codes And Policy / Energy Codes

This article focuses on two innovations in development over the last decade in energy codes: outcome-based energy codes and zEPI. It also features a graphic from New Buildings Institute’s “Energy Performance of LEED for New Construction Buildings”, which highlights how...

Institute Submits Outcome-Based Pathway for Inclusion in the 2018 IECC

News / April 5, 2016 / Codes And Policy / Energy Codes

Building on a multi-year, industry-wide effort to include an outcome-based pathway for energy compliance into the 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the National Institute of Building Sciences has introduced a similar proposal to be considered for inclusion in the...

Jim Edelson receives Jeffery A. Johnson Award

News / March 23, 2016 / Codes And Policy / Energy Codes

NBI Director Of Codes & Policy, Jim Edelson, recently received the Jeffrey A. Johnson award at the DOE National Energy Codes Conference. This award recognizes his outstanding accomplishments surrounding building energy codes. Learn more

The Case For Better Energy Codes

Factsheet / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy / Energy Codes

In late October, building code offi cials from across the country will gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, for a final action hearing to review and vote on revisions to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). New Buildings Institute (NBI), American…

10. Address existing building stock by leveraging renewal cycles and adopting performance tracking requirements

Code & Policy / December 23, 2014 / Zero Net Energy / Energy Codes

Continuous improvement of the existing building stock is critical to achieving long-term ZNE goals. Although existing buildings are often thought of as a static element in the building stock, there are many opportunities to significantly improve performance in conjunction with...

4. Provide supportive programs by utilities or program administrators

Code & Policy / March 4, 2014 / Zero Net Energy / Energy Codes

Incentive programs and technical assistance can reduce the risks inherent in piloting new approaches to design and construction.  Many utilities already offer some form of incentive program for new construction, ranging from single-measure support to comprehensive strategies.  The following characteristics...

9. Adopt improved appliance standards to reduce energy use that falls outside the scope of building energy codes

Code & Policy / March 4, 2014 / Zero Net Energy / Energy Codes

ZNE buildings have very low energy use, but of the remaining energy typically half or more is “unregulated.”  That is, the energy use is not covered by existing building energy codes.  Examples include televisions and refrigerators in residences, and many...

8. Encourage district or community-scale renewable energy systems

Code & Policy / March 4, 2014 / Zero Net Energy / Energy Codes

Renewable energy systems located beyond the boundaries of a single building site offer economies of scale for installation and in many instances may be preferable to individual building systems. Certainly for campus-level installations such as universities or corporate campuses, the...

7. Identify and support target sector efforts

Code & Policy / March 4, 2014 / Zero Net Energy / Energy Codes

Some commercial building market sectors are better targets for ZNE than others due to energy use patterns, ownership and leadership opportunities.  Identification and structured support of target markets can accelerate activities related to ZNE as each commercial building market has...

6. Set ZNE goals for government and other public buildings

Code & Policy / March 4, 2014 / Zero Net Energy / Energy Codes

San Francisco PUC HQ  San Francisco, CA  |  Image Courtesy Bruce Demonte Local and state government buildings are an excellent sector in which to demonstrate ZNE and interim energy reduction targets based on measured performance. It is particularly important for...