Meet the Trainers!

Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP Peter is a registered architect, sustainability consultant, author, and speaker whose 38 year career includes design and planning for governmental, educational, health care, residential, and religious buildings. He shares his experience at seminars and conferences and has published over 140 national continuing education articles. Peter has led AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) programs and is a member of the Advisory Board of the AIA+20...
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Net Zero Energy Buildings

What are Net Zero Energy Buildings? A Net Zero Energy Building is a high-performance building that uses integrated energy-saving technologies and practices to achieve very low energy use and carbon emissions, and produces from renewable sources at least as much energy as it uses in a year. Building Policy In 2007, Congress created the Zero Net Energy Commercial Buildings Initiative (CBI) as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act (§421, 422 et seq.). Officially launched by the U...
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City Profiles

Below you will find a selection of major cities across the United States that have taken exceptional steps towards increasing the energy efficiency of their buildings. Chicago | New York City | San Francisco | Washington, DC Chicago, IL Chicago’s innovative above code approach offers a strong example of how cities can confront a multifaceted challenge such as improving building performance in a comprehensive and flexible manner. The city understands that no single action or progra...
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International Green Construction Code

Overview In 2009, the International Code Council launched the development of a new International Green Construction Code (IgCC) initiative, sub-titled “Safe and Sustainable: By the Book,” committing to developing a model code focused on new and existing commercial buildings addressing green building design and performance. The initial project of drafting of the IgCC Public Version 1.0 was undertaken with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the ASTM International. Ultimately, the Ig...
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Stretch and Reach Codes

Stretch Codes A stretch energy code is a voluntary appendix to a mandatory statewide minimum energy code that allows municipalities to adopt a uniform beyond code option to achieve greater levels of energy efficiency. Stretch codes pull the construction market upward, priming the construction industry for changes that could well be part of the next update for the state baseline energy code. These programs also provide certainty and consistency for the construction sector by developing the str...
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What IKEA can teach us about the future of solar and energy efficiency in Texas

The big box furnishings retailer is going 100% renewable by 2020. A new solar-powered store near Dallas is the latest step.   By 2020, IKEA aims to be completely energy independent. Over 90% of its United States locations already have at least some rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, including a brand new 181,500 square foot, 1.25MW array on top of IKEA Grand Prairie. This is the company’s fourth rooftop solar installation in Texas. The flat-pack furniture retailer isn’t alo...
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Five reasons solar PV is the future of clean energy in Albuquerque

Sun belt status About 300 days of sunshine a year makes New Mexico’s most populous city an ideal candidate for solar PV. Albuquerque is one of the only major cities that receives, on an average day, more than six kilowatt hours per square meter of surface area. Strong local leadership Last September, the Albuquerque City Council voted unanimously to work towards getting 25% of the city government’s energy needs from solar by 2025. Several municipal facilities in the area have a...
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National Market Survey for Architects, Engineers, and Design Professionals

The Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) needs insights from architects, engineers, and design professionals across the country. BCAP is conducting a national market evaluation in 2017  to help better inform efforts to develop effective training for design professionals. Our overall goal is to support strong growth in the design industry for the benefit of architects, engineers, and their clients.  Participants who complete the market survey will be entered to win one of ...
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What does the next chapter of energy efficiency look like for Austin?

by Kamaria Greenfield, BCAP When Texans look to their state capital, they see a diverse and sprawling metropolis of just under a million people, a vibrant cultural and economic hub, and a downtown skyline undergoing rapid transformation. Less visible is the city’s long and continued commitment to the energy efficiency of its built environment. Austin stands as a fine example of how a city can go beyond minimum statewide requirements to give its residents a better, greener future. In additi...
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Miami takes the next STEP with solar training for design professionals

by Kamaria Greenfield, BCAP As of last summer, Florida’s energy code incorporates Section 406 of the 2015 IECC: the Energy Rating Index. This provision – which includes a backstop to ensure an efficient building envelope – represents a huge opportunity to integrate the power of renewable energy into new building designs. With over 100,000 new housing unit permits authorized in 2015 alone, Florida is a state poised to have a huge impact on national building energy usage patterns...
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