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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Gap Analysis Report

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Recognizing that most states lack the expertise to develop and implement successful energy code policies and programs that will achieve 90 percent compliance by 2017, DOE/NETL funded BCAP to implement an 18-month project to provide Compliance Planning Assistance to a limited number of states. In the first phase of the project, the Gap Analysis, the BCAP team gathered extensive information on nearly twenty states and performed a comprehensive evaluation of each state’s energy codes program ...
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City Profiles

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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 program wi...
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Nevada building codes set the standards for construction within the state, addressing factors like structural integrity, fire safety, and energy efficiency. These regulations help create secure and environmentally responsible buildings, ensuring the safety and well-being of residents and visitors alike. Compliance with Nevada's building codes is vital for architects, builders, and property owners to meet high construction standards in the Silver State. Current Commercial Code of Nevada ...
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2012 IECC

One of the major barriers to energy code adoption is the concern that the cost of upgrading to the latest model energy code would be prohibitive. To address this issue, BCAP undertook a study to quantify the incremental construction cost of upgrading to the 2012 IECC in states and cities where such an analysis was feasible. Please also see the 2009 IECC Incremental Cost Analysis. The True Cost of Building a New Home Moving from current practice to the 2012 IECC for new homes wou...
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Current Codes Peru has no building energy code. Instead, it relies heavily on training and public awareness for energy efficiency. Peru has required the use of energy labels for appliances since 1999 and is in the process of developing voluntary standards on energy efficiency. Peru’s National Building Regulations, last updated in 2006, does have sections on mechanical and electrical equipment and insulation, but it is unknown to what extent it addresses energy efficiency measures. Pe...
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New Hampshire

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Current Commercial Code 2009 IECC with references to ASHRAE 90.1-2007 Passed 12/11/2009, effective 4/1/2010 Current Residential Code 2009 IECC with New Hampshire amendments Passed 12/11/2009, effective 4/1/2010 Local jurisdictions can amend the adopted state code but have no authority to adopt another code. The New Hampshire state building codes statutes are contained in Title XII, Chapter 155-A. Climate Zones: 5A, 6A Code Adoption and Change Process ...
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South Dakota

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South Dakota does not have a statewide mandatory energy code. For a list of jurisdictional energy code adoptions, please click here. Current Commercial Code 2015 IBC, amended at the discretion of the local governing body. Effective 7/15/2015 Current Residential Code South Dakota Residential Energy Conservation Standard Based on the 2009 IECC, voluntary only Passed 3/15/2011, effective 7/1/2011 Climate Zones: 5A, 6A Code Adoption and Change Process Code...
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Rifle, Colorado

Background In 2010, Rifle was a thriving city of 9,000 in Western Colorado’s Garfield County that encapsulated the old and new west. Named for a trapper’s misplaced firearm, the town center is a throwback to the old west, a collection of small brick buildings built by the ranches and mineral wealth of the surrounding arid plateaus and river valleys. To avoid going the way of other boom and bust towns, Rifle made a commitment to developing a sustainable, diverse economy. Mainstays of the city’...
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IECC Adoption and Development Resources

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The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is a part of the international family of codes (I-codes) published by the International Code Council (ICC). The suite of codes, including the energy code, is updated every three years to incorporate current technologies, costs, and practices. It 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 proceed...
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