Residential Code Builder                       Ventilation Ducts Lighting HVAC Water heating Fenestration Air sealing Insulation Ventilation Residential mechanical ventilation systems will not reach their performance potential if components are poorly manufactured or installed improperly. Several factors contribute to poor performance including long duct lengt...
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Energy Code Champion

The ideal candidate for Energy Code Champion is someone who has been working hard behind the scenes to advocate for improving building energy codes. By recognizing these committed contributors, we want to help in amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. If you would like to nominate someone, please send their name, organization, and a few sentences on their work promoting and advancing energy codes to Energy Code Champion February 2016: ...
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china energy code
Current Codes China national standard GB50189-2005, Design Standard for Energy Efficiency of Public Buildings Published by the Ministry of Construction in 2005 Helpful Links Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development Global Approaches: A Comparison of Building Energy Codes in 15 Countries Country Report on Building Energy Codes in China A close look at the China Design Standard for Energy Efficiency of Public Buildings The National Standard Design Standard fo...
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Current Codes Israel currently has many standards in place, mandatory and voluntary, that address energy efficiency in buildings. Most notably, SI 1045 establishes minimum requirements for thermal insulation of buildings that are used for extended overnight stays Standards on air conditioning, cooling, and window certification have also been established. Israeli standardization: energy efficiency and renewable energies Helpful Links Israel Ministry of Environmental Protec...
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Climate Change

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Energy codes and climate change The built environment accounts for roughly 40% of energy use in the United States, and as a result the building sector is a major contributor to carbon emissions and global climate change. By improving building performance with energy efficiency measures, energy codes provide an immediate strategy to address this global crisis. Due to the longevity of buildings, energy codes also offer a strategy that will continue to mitigate total emissions for decades to ...
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ASHRAE Standard 90.1

The purpose of this ASHRAE standard is to establish the minimum energy efficiency requirements of building design and construction, other than low-rise residential buildings. Read more about the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the standard that covers low-rise residential construction. ASHRAE Standard 90.1 Standard 90.1 has been a benchmark for commercial building energy codes in the United States and a key basis for codes and standards around the world for more t...
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Understanding the Legislative Process

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is available for adoption and use by jurisdictions internationally. It is within a governmental jurisdiction and is intended to be accomplished through adoption by reference in accordance with proceedings establishing the jurisdiction’s laws. At the time of adoption, jurisdictions should insert the appropriate information in provisions requiring specific local information, such as the name of the adopting jurisdiction. How States...
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Current Codes Energy Conservation Ordinance (EnEV) The Energy Saving Ordinance sets mandatory energy performance requirements for new buildings and for existing buildings in case of major renovation. This has been effective since 2002 and was last amended in 2013. One of the most stringent codes in the world, the EnEV sets standards for insulation, fenestration, envelope, and HVAC. Germany has plans to amend the EnEV in 2016 to incorporate the nearly-zero energy standard as required by the E...
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Current Codes Russia has mandatory residential buildings codes for single- and multi-family buildings. The country also has a mandatory building code for commercial buildings. Source: Global Approaches: A Comparison of Building Energy Codes in 15 Countries Russia Thermal Performance Of Buildings (SNiP 23-02-2003) Russia’s national building code, SNiP 23-02-2003, was passed in 2003 and has not been updated since. A design manual for the “Design of Thermal Performance of Buildings” w...
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Public Buildings Policy

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The following page depicts state-level policies for public buildings across the United States. Click on a state below to read information about policies and find links to additional information. Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri...
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