U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Selects the Building Codes Assistance Project and Center for Sustainable Energy to Provide Solar Training and Education to Design Professionals

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CONTACT: Maria EllingsonBuilding Codes Assistance Project419-724-4571mellingson@bcapcodes.org Ian MonahanCenter for Sustainable Energy858-634-4927ian.monahan@energycenter.org Visit BCAP’sSunShot Initiative Page WASHINGTON, DC, May 17, 2016 — The Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP), the trusted, non-partisan U.S. leader for energy codes advocacy, research, analysis, and training, has won a cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. In partners...
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ACEEE State Scorecard Evaluates Building Energy Codes

Earlier this month, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) published their state scorecard rankings. Out of a possible seven points in the building energy codes category, here is how each state fared: 7 Points California, Illinois 6.5 Points Maryland, Oregon, Vermont, Washington 6 Points District of Columbia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Texas 5.5 Points Florida, Idaho, Minnesota 5 Points Connecticut, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Rhode Isla...
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High Performance Schools: Northeast States Paving The Way For This And Future Generations

Each year, K-12 schools spend around $8 billion on energy nationwide. They use 10% of the energy used by all commercial buildings and are the third biggest energy user of all commercial building types (U.S. EPA, 2011). What if these schools were built to be more energy-efficient and sustainable? What if building and operating high-performance school buildings were a natural part of the school design and construction practice? Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite, Senior Program Manager for the Northeast...
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DOE Issues Final Determination On The 2015 IECC

The Department of Energy has announced findings on energy savings from adopting and complying with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Compared with residential buildings meeting the 2012 IECC, the 2015 edition achieves national source energy savings of approximately 0.87 percent, site energy savings of approximately 0.98 percent, and energy cost savings of 0.73 percent of residential building energy consumption. With the final determination established, each state is now req...
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My View: Utah Needs New Energy Codes That Make Buildings, Homes More Efficient

By David Brems and Kevin Emerson via Deseret News Air pollution is a top concern for Utah citizens. So is financial stability. Improving our air quality while saving money for Utahns is a win-win opportunity. This summer, decision-makers will be voting whether or not to adopt up-to-date building energy codes that will help new homes and buildings constructed in Utah cut energy waste, lower air pollution and reduce Utahns’ energy bills. The average Utah home wastes far too much energy becau...
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New Calculator Tool Empowers States To Use Building Energy Codes To Comply With The Clean Power Plan

MEDIA CONTACT: William D. Fay; bfay@ase.org; 202-530-2214 CARBON REDUCTIONS A SIGNIFICANT BY-PRODUCT OF EFFECTIVE ENERGY CODES THAT ALSO SAVE BUILDING AND HOMEOWNERS MONEY Washington, D.C., May 12, 2015 – Building energy codes – which have the potential to cut tens of thousands of dollars from the utility bills of home and commercial building owners – also have an interesting by-product: they can reduce hundreds of millions of metric tons of CO2. Today, the Alliance to Save Energy ...
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Time For Action: Why We Need To Say Yes To Building Energy Codes

At BCAP’s Annual Energy Codes Stakeholders Meeting in Washington D.C. on December 9th, several key threads emerged from the wealth of energy code knowledge and discourse that unfolded during the day. As we as a community push forward to develop new strategies for better buildings in the coming years, we should also work to deploy the information and policies already at our disposal. For example, a glance at one of BCAP’s recent code adoption maps reveals that many states are still basing thei...
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Moving Building Technology To The Era Of Zero-Energy Buildings

Paul Torcellini, principal engineer with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, discusses how we can achieve zero-energy buildings by integrating the cost of energy efficiency into design decisions. This is the first presentation captured from Ecobuilding Review’s 2014 Vision 2020 Sustainability Summit. The original article can be viewed here. For more information on the year-long Vision 2020 project, which aims to establish and track a roadmap of cr...
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Happy Energy Action Month!

October is the designated national month for energy efficiency. In 1981, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) initiated American Energy Week to raise energy awareness. Five years later, in 1986, DOE turned the Energy Week into a month-long observance to address the growing concerns regarding energy scarcity and climate change. Since then, October has been declared as the month to raise awareness and promote energy efficiency by two presidents: President George H.W. Bush declared October as Nation...
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World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC)

Earlier this month, under the high exposed ceiling of the Washington Convention Center’s Hall A, thousands of energy professionals from around the globe gathered for the 2014 World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), the 37th event of its kind. It was presented by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and featured over 250 speakers. The WEEC conference is the largest gathering of its kind, representing the culmination of remarkable efforts towards a greener, cleaner future. Ideas and prod...
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