Energy Code Ambassadors Program (ECAP)

Energy Code Ambassadors Program
BCAP and the International Code Council (ICC) created this initiative to empower existing code professionals so they may develop their familiarity and expertise with energy codes and share their knowledge throughout their jurisdiction and state. A supportive local infrastructure is crucial to realizing the benefits of energy codes. However, implementation and enforcement efforts are often lacking in many states, and receive disproportionately little attention in the world of building code...
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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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Rhode Island Building Codes

Rhode Island building codes
Current Commercial Code SBC-8 State Energy Conservation Code Based on the 2012 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 Effective July 1, 2013 Rhode Island has a factsheet on the commercial provisions of the 2012 IECC. The state is also developing a commercial stretch code. Current Residential Code Rhode Island One- and Two-Family Dwelling Code, Chapter 11 Based on the 2012 IECC with state-specific amendments Passed 7/1/2013, effective 10/1/2013 Applies to detached one-and two-family ...
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Background Kansas, a landlocked state known to residents as the Sunflower State, boasted a population of 2.8 million. Kansas is one of the most productive agricultural states in the nation, but its gently rolling mix of farmland, prairie, and forest is also home to well-known and livable cities, including Wichita, Kansas City, Topeka, and Lawrence.   While the state was immortalized by the famous tornado in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, it was another, real-world twister that str...
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Residential Water Heating

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Issue Circulating hot water systems distribute hot water to faucets on a “closed loop” system that circulates water to deliver it on demand. Heating water accounts for up to 25% percent of energy use in a typical home. High efficiency water heaters use 10% to 50% less energy than standard models. When combined with complementary products like insulation blankets and timers, advanced systems can save significantly on utility costs. Energy savings from high efficiency water heaters depend o...
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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 Building Codes

china energy code
Current Codes of China 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 St...
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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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Israel Building Codes

Current Codes of Israel 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 Environmen...
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