Proposals to drastically cut GHG delivered to IECC committees

Post / October 13, 2021

This week, New Buildings Institute (NBI) submitted code change proposals to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) residential and commercial development committees. These proposals have the potential to drastically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the building sector and help...

Empowering Communities to Accelerate Distributed Energy Resources

Post / August 10, 2021

In many parts of the United States, navigating the building permits required for distributed energy resources such as solar, storage, and electric vehicles (EVs) can be a daunting process. Many communities have burdensome requirements for installing such technologies and/or lack...

Codes for Loads – Making Our Buildings Work with Renewable Power Grids

Post / July 22, 2021

Thirty states and the District of Columbia have adopted Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), policies that require or set goals for all energy supply to be renewable by a chosen date mostly within the next two decades. The Biden Administration earlier...

The Future of Building Decarbonization Starts Now

Post / July 8, 2021

With buildings currently representing 39% of U.S. carbon emissions from operational and embodied sources, jurisdictions look toward advanced building codes and policies as critical and urgent strategies for meeting their climate goals. Despite overwhelming support from public bodies, recent efforts...

Checking in on State Energy Code Progress Toward Zero Energy

Post / April 14, 2021

ACEEE’s 2020 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard was released in December with California reclaiming the number one spot from Massachusetts. This is based on five categories including utility and public benefits, transportation, building energy efficiency, state initiatives, and appliance standards, according...

Stretch Codes: A Key Tool on the Path to Carbon Neutral Buildings

Post / December 16, 2020

Adopting energy codes that go beyond the base, or required minimum code, is proving to be an effective way to achieve energy savings and reduce carbon emission from the built environment. We have long been hearing about states such as...

The New Residential Zero Energy Appendix: An Important Addition for Code Adoption

Post / December 8, 2020

For the first time, the new 2021 update of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), which is anticipated to be released in the next few weeks, includes a Zero Energy Home Appendix that provides cities and states with ready-made code...

Reduce Carbon in Existing Buildings and Put America Back to Work

Post / October 28, 2020

We all know too well of the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These impacts are compounded by increasingly destructive wildfires, hurricanes, and flooding – so much so that nearly two-thirds of Americans – including more than half...

The 2021 IECC’s circuitous path to conclusion

Post / October 12, 2020

It’s been one year, eight months, 28 days since proposals were due into the International Code Council’s (ICC) system for consideration into the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). That doesn’t include the time proponents spent considering and drafting proposals...

Implementing Building Performance Standards: Consistency is Key

Post / September 29, 2020

A building performance standard (BPS) provides a powerful solution for cities working to meet climate goals, achieve energy savings and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As a forward-looking policy for existing buildings, a BPS commits a city or state to...