Getting to 50 and Back Again

Post / May 30, 2018

2005 was a tumultuous year and it was in those challenging times that I got the call that Jeff Johnson was gone – a mountain bike accident in the Columbia River Gorge. I knew Jeff as the Executive Director of...

Government Leadership Creates Powerful Action on Deep Energy Efficiency and Climate Change

Post / April 9, 2014

Vermont, California, Kentucky, Pima County, Salt Lake City, Fort Collins, Washington DC. These communities are among those leading by example in setting zero net energy (ZNE) goals for both local policies and their own government buildings. Policymakers in these jurisdictions...

Proving Performance in the IgCC

Post / October 31, 2011

Will the IgCC allow for higher innovation in building design? An outcome-based compliance path would pave the way for use of advanced strategies. Local code officials will once again find themselves at the nexus of something historic when they come together...

Historic Change to Building Codes Approved: Now What?

Post / February 9, 2011

Last October, local government representatives and code officials gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina, for an historic vote on one of our national model energy codes, the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). By approving the package of proposed changes, they...

Better Building Energy Codes Now: the Reasonable and Crucial Next Step

Post / October 6, 2010

By Dave Hewitt, NBI & Jessyca Henderson, AIAWith today’s conspicuous promotion of green building and sustainability, it is easy to forget that the bulk of commercial building design does exactly what it has always done: meet the local building energy...