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Alaska: Analysis Of Prescriptive, Performance-Based, Outcome-Based Energy Codes
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation report Comparative Analysis of Prescriptive, Performance-Based, and Outcome-Based Energy Code Systems provides an overview of the pros and cons of various energy code systems and how they compare in their ability to predict and measure actual energy performance. (PDF)

Electrical Business: Call For Cooperation On International Energy Standards
Electrical Business magazine article says cooperation on international standards to promote energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions was given a boost by a workshop in France in March that brought together 290 experts from the public and private sector. Topics discussed included requirements and challenges related to energy efficiency and related standardization work in a variety of fields: industrial systems, power generation, buildings, electrical and electronic appliances, networks and data centres, transport and energy management.

Energy Vanguard: Could An Energy Code Really Be So Simple?
Energy Vanguard says there are many pathways for energy codes compliance: prescriptive, UA tradeoffs, performance, or HERS Index. But what if all you needed to do was to hit two numbers?

GBA: Are Energy Codes Working?
Green Building Advisor says to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy codes will have to become more stringent, and they’ll need to be enforced.

IMT: Impact Of Nebraska Energy Code Training On Energy Code Compliance
Institute for Market Transformation report Impact Evaluation of Nebraska Energy Code Training on Energy Code Compliance presents results of an impact evaluation of a building energy code training campaign on residential code compliance rates in the state of Nebraska. While the change in compliance rates cannot be exclusively attributed to the code training program, results suggest that building energy code trainings can be an effective tool in improving the efficiency gains from building energy codes.

IMT: Non-Energy Benefits Of Energy Codes
Institute for Market Transformation report Non-Energy Benefits Of Energy Codes describes other significant benefits, besides energy cost savings, that come with the purchase of a home built in compliance with current building energy codes. (PDF)

NAHB: Energy Efficiency Should Yield 10 Percent-Plus Return For Inclusion In Codes
US NAHB study presents evidence in support of the policy that a change in energy-related building codes should be classified as cost effective only if it returns at least 10% in savings the first year.

NRC: Purchasable 2015 National Energy Code For Buildings
Canadian National Research Council sells the 2015 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings. It provides minimum requirements for the design and construction of energy-efficient buildings and covers the building envelope, systems and equipment for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning, service water heating, lighting, and the provision of electrical power systems and motors. It applies to new buildings, as well as to substantial renovations in existing ones. It does not apply to farm buildings nor to housing and smaller buildings covered in Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada. $260 Cdn

Resnet: Cost-Effectiveness For Residential Energy Codes
Florida Solar Energy Center report reviews options for economic indicators of cost effectiveness and reviews each options relevance to determining cost effectiveness of upgrading an energy code. The report concludes with a recommendation on the cost-effectiveness criteria that the State of Florida should adopt. (PDF)

Stantec: BC Energy Code Comparison
Stantec Consulting report BC Energy Code Comparison describes the difference in energy, emissions, and financial performance associated with the adoption of two different building codes relative to the current code (ASHRAE 90.1-2004) in BC. Alternatives analysed include the prescriptive compliance paths of ASHRAE 90.1-2010 and NECB-2011. (PDF)

US DOE: Compliance Paths For Residential & Commercial Energy Codes
US Department of Energy report Compliance Verification Paths for Residential and Commercial Energy Codes identifies and discusses conformity assessment activities and provides guidance for developing new or adjusting existing ways of verifying compliance. It also looks at different ways to ensure that the energy efficiency goals of an adopted code or standard are achieved. (PDF)

US DOE: Energy Simulator For Energy Consumption
US Department of Energy provides EnergyPlus which is a whole building energy simulation program that engineers, architects, and researchers use to model energy and water use in buildings. Modeling the performance of a building with EnergyPlus enables building professionals to optimize the building design to use less energy and water. EnergyPlus models heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation, other energy flows, and water use. EnergyPlus includes many innovative simulation capabilities: time-steps less than an hour, modular systems and plant integrated with heat balance-based zone simulation, multizone air flow, thermal comfort, water use, natural ventilation, and photovoltaic systems.

US DOE: Glossary Of Terms For Building Energy Codes
US Department Of Energy glossary describes building energy codes, terms, and acronyms, as well as compliance tools and materials.
BC

BC Gov: BC Building Code Proposed Section 9.36 Energy Efficiency
BC Codes displays Section 9.36. Energy Efficiency for information purposes only. It does not form the requirements of the BC Building Code until the effective date, December 19, 2014. Revisions to this content are possible, and Code users should monitor any changes on the Errata and Revisions tab of the BC Codes website. (PDF)

BC Gov: BC Building Code Requirements For Energy Efficiency
BC Building and Safety Standards Branch provide resources which are designed to help code users understand and comply with BC Building Code new requirements for the minimum energy efficiency of buildings and their equipment and minimum ventilation requirements for houses and some residential apartments.

BC Gov: BC Code Energy Efficiency Guide Zone 5 to 7A North VI & Interior
BC Government online illustrated guide Energy Efficiency Requirements for Houses in BC assists residential builders and industry stakeholders in understanding and complying with the new requirements in Section 9.36. of the 2012 British Columbia Building Code for housing and small buildings. This guide covers Climate Zone 5 to 7A, North Vancouver Island and Interior. (PDF)

BC Gov: BC Code Energy Efficiency Guide Zone 7B & 8 North
BC Government online illustrated guide Energy Efficiency Requirements for Houses in BC assists residential builders and industry stakeholders in understanding and complying with the new requirements in Section 9.36. of the 2012 British Columbia Building Code for housing and small buildings. This guide covers Climate Zone 7B & 8, The North. (PDF)

BC Gov: BC Code Energy Efficiency Guides Zone 4 Lower Mainland & VI
BC Government online illustrated guide Energy Efficiency Requirements for Houses in BC assists residential builders and industry stakeholders in understanding and complying with the new requirements in Section 9.36. of the 2012 British Columbia Building Code for housing and small buildings. This guide covers Climate Zone 4, Lower Mainland and Southern Vancouver Island. (PDF)

BC Gov: BC Energy Step Code
BC Building and Safety Standards Branch provides information and resources on the proposed Step Code that provides a consistent provincial standard for energy efficiency to replace the wide range of existing policies and programs developed by local governments.

BC Gov: BC Energy Step Code Best Practices Guide for Local Governments
BC Energy Step Code, Best Practices Guide for Local Governments describes how they can follow new energy code practices and processes for the benefit of all. (PDF)

BC Gov: BC Energy Step Code Implementation Recommendations
Province of BC online Energy Step Code Implementation Recommendations describes a consistent provincial standard for energy efficiency to replace the wide range of existing policies and programs developed by local governments. (PDF)

BC Gov: Local Government Implementation of BC Energy Step Code
BC Government online guide Local Government Implementation of the BC Energy Step Code explains the policy intent of the BC Energy Step Code and its use and application by local governments and other local authorities under the Building Act. (PDF)

BC Gov: Recent Revision to BC Energy Step Code
BC Government provides information on BCBC Revision 11 of the BC Energy Step Code regarding Letters of Assurance Schedules B, and C-A.

BCBEC: BC Hydro Support Of Energy Efficiency Codes & Standards
BC Building Envelope Council online slide show presentation provides an overview of BC Hydro support on energy efficiency codes and standards. (PDF)

BOABC: BC Code Energy Provisions In Section 9.36
Building Officials Association of BC online slide show presentations on BC Code energy provisions in Section 9.36 cover introduction, building envelope, airtightness, HVAC & service water heating, compliance options, ventilation, and resources.

BOABC: Compliance Verification For BC Code Section 9.36
Building Officials Association of BC online Slide show presentation from their Section 9.36 Compliance Verification Workshop covers: Brief Overview of 9.36 Requirements; CNV Compliance Package; Intake check procedure; Prescriptive Path Compliance Verification; Performance Path Compliance Verification; Resources. (PDF)

BOABC: Plan Review For New BC Building Code Part 9, Lower Mainland
Building Officials Association of BC online slide show presentation describes considerations for plan reviews for energy compliance of Lower Mainland Part 9 buildings. (PDF)

BOABC: Plan Review For New BC Building Code Part 9, Zone 6 Prince George
Building Officials Association of BC online slide show presentation describes considerations for plan reviews for energy compliance of Prince George Part 9 buildings. (PDF)

Building PathFinder: Online Tool to Design MURBs To BC Energy Step Code
Building PathFinder online tool allows you to visually explore a range of design options to assess their impacts on building performance, within the context of the the BC Step Code. Right now it only includes Vancouver climate and MURBs, but others climates will be added shortly.

CHBA Alberta: Overview of BC Energy Step Code
CHBA Alberta presentation provides an overview of the BC Energy Step Code, including how it came to be, how it works, how a local government might use it, and a few examples of real-world projects that would meet the various levels of performance. (PDF)

PICS: Evolution Of Energy Efficiency Requirements In BC Building Code
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions report Evolution of Energy Efficiency Requirements in the BC Building Code focuses on the role and history of building regulations in accelerating energy efficiency. (PDF)

UDI: Insights from BC Energy Step Code Costing Study
UDI online presentations from their recent webinar Preliminary Insights from the BC Energy Step Code Costing Study provide information and updates on the research results to date.

Vancouver City: Energy Efficiency Updates to the Vancouver Building By-Law
Vancouver City Council has passed the Energy Efficiency Updates to the Vancouver Building By-Law. (PDF)
Canada

BC Gov: Cross Canada Comparison Of Energy Savings Of ASHRAE 90.1 2010 & NECB 2011
BC Government shows the study ASHRAE 90.1 2010 and NECB 2011 Cross Canada Comparison. It was undertaken to determine the energy savings of the NECB-2011 compared to ASHRAE 90.1-2010 for various building types in locations across Canada. The locations evaluated in this study were Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Calgary. (PDF)

CHBA: Policy On Energuide 80 For New Homes
Canadian Home Builders Association policy paper discusses the reasons for not adopting Energuide 80 as a mandatory requirement in an energy code for new homes. 2007 (PDF)

Consumers Council: Overview Of Energy Efficiency In Provincial Building Codes
Consumers Council of Canada report Energy Efficiency in Building Codes identifies the energy efficiency winners and losers under The National Building Code. It outlines how the majority of Canadian provinces and territories have inadequate energy efficiency provisions in their building codes for houses. (PDF)

IRC: Calculating Compliance To National Energy Code For Buildings
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction specifications for calculation procedures for demonstrating compliance to the Model National Energy Code for Buildings, using whole building performance. 1999 (PDF)

IRC: Calculating Compliance To National Energy Code For Houses
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction specifications for calculation procedures for demonstrating compliance to the Model National Energy Code of Canada for Houses 1997, using whole house performance. 1999 (PDF)

IRC: Purchasable Model National Energy Code For Houses
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction sells the Model National Energy Code of Canada for Houses that applies to residential buildings of three storeys or less, and additions of more than 10. $69 CDN 1997

National Codes: Adaptation Guidelines For National Energy Code Of Canada For Buildings 2011
The Canadian National Energy Code for Buildings 2011 was approved by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) at its April 2011 meeting. During the development of the material, some jurisdictions commented that they had specific policy directives regarding energy efficiency in buildings that they needed to address. This Adaptation Guidelines For National Energy Code Of Canada For Buildings 2011 document provides guidance on how the NECB 2011 can be modified to address those directives. (PDF)

NRC: Purchasable 2015 National Energy Code For Buildings
Canadian National Research Council sells the 2015 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings. It provides minimum requirements for the design and construction of energy-efficient buildings and covers the building envelope, systems and equipment for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning, service water heating, lighting, and the provision of electrical power systems and motors. It applies to new buildings, as well as to substantial renovations in existing ones. It does not apply to farm buildings nor to housing and smaller buildings covered in Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada. $260 Cdn

NRC: User Guide To National Energy Code For Buildings 2011
Canadian National Model Construction Code Documents first edition of the User's Guide to the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011 is designed to complement the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011 by providing additional background information as well as detailed examples and calculations. It describes the various compliance approaches in the NECB and presents examples of trade-off path calculations.

NRCan: Adaptation Guidelines For National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011
Natural Resources Canada offers adaptation guidelines to provide guidance on how the NECB 2011 can be modified to address concerns by some jurisdictions that they have specific policy directives regarding energy efficiency in buildings that they needed to address.

Ontario Gov: Overview On New 2012 Building Code
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing offers overview on new 2012 Building Code.
US

BCAP: Status & Resources On US Building Energy Codes
US Building Codes Assistance Project resource site is dedicated to assisting states in the adoption and implementation of statewide building energy codes.

Canadian Contractor: California 2020 Target for Net Zero Will Impact All
Canadian Contractor says the US West Coast gives us a peak at Net Zero Energy building codes to come.

Fine Homebuilding: Report: Tougher Energy Codes Don't Lower Consumption
Fine Homebuilding says a researcher finds strict building codes in California have failed to lower energy consumption while adding thousands to construction costs.

FSEC: 25 Years Of Energy Code Should Have Made More Of A Difference
Florida Solar Energy Center paper Why Doesn't 25 Years of an Evolving Energy Code Make More of a Difference? describes the impacts of the Florida new home building energy code. It presents reasons why the measured savings are far less than predicted by simulations of homes built to the two codes. (PDF)

GBA: 2012 Code Encourages Risky Wall Strategies
Green Building Advisor says the 2012 International Energy Code promotes R20+R5 walls in cold climates, a recipe for mold and possible rot.

GBA: An Overview Of 2012 International Energy Code
Green Building Advisor gives an overview of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code that will require more insulation, a tighter envelope, tighter ducts, better windows, and more efficient lighting than the 2009 code.

IECC: Purchasable 2012 International Energy Conservation Code
Introduced in 1998, the International Energy Conservation Code addresses energy efficiency on several fronts including cost savings, reduced energy usage, conservation of natural resources and the impact of energy usage on the environment. Important changes in the 2012 sixth edition include: A comprehensive set of changes including measures to improve the thermal envelope, HVAC systems and electrical systems of residential buildings up to three stories in height. Commercial enhancements include required energy savings for windows, doors and skylights; thermal envelope efficiency; and increased efficiencies for installed HVAC equipment. $42 CDN

IMT: Resource Site On Energy Codes
Institute for Market Transformation provides information and resources on energy codes.

Resnet: Cost-Effectiveness For Residential Energy Codes
Florida Solar Energy Center report reviews options for economic indicators of cost effectiveness and reviews each options relevance to determining cost effectiveness of upgrading an energy code. The report concludes with a recommendation on the cost-effectiveness criteria that the State of Florida should adopt. (PDF)

US BECP: US Building Energy Codes Program Resource Center
US Building Energy Codes Program Resource Center resource site on building energy codes has articles, graphics, online tools, presentations, and videos, plus links to energy code resources from around the web.

US DOE: Calculating Energy Savings & Cost Effectiveness In Building Energy Codes
US Department of Energy describes a methodology for evaluating the energy and economic performance of residential energy codes. It serves to ensure DOE proposals are both energy efficient and cost-effective, and will help states and local jurisdictions better understand the impacts of updating residential energy codes.

US DOE: Energy Simulator For Energy Consumption
US Department of Energy provides EnergyPlus which is a whole building energy simulation program that engineers, architects, and researchers use to model energy and water use in buildings. Modeling the performance of a building with EnergyPlus enables building professionals to optimize the building design to use less energy and water. EnergyPlus models heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation, other energy flows, and water use. EnergyPlus includes many innovative simulation capabilities: time-steps less than an hour, modular systems and plant integrated with heat balance-based zone simulation, multizone air flow, thermal comfort, water use, natural ventilation, and photovoltaic systems.
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