Building energy codes


Establishing a plan to achieve energy code compliance in cities

A strong building energy code is one of the most affordable and effective mechanisms for advancing energy efficiency in buildings. The national model building energy codes have increased energy-saving potential by nearly 30 percent from 2006 to 2012. However, energy savings are only achieved when...

Transforming the market through energy management information systems

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that deployment of energy management information systems (EMIS) can be used to achieve building energy savings of 10 to 20 percent. The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) further estimates that EMIS can yield savings of up to...

2015 Washington State Energy Code: residential impact assessment

For more than 30 years, the Pacific Northwest has successfully pursued state residential energy codes and building programs to create ever more efficient housing. Since its inception, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) has played a pivotal role in aiding states to deliver more effective...

The emissions gap report 2017

This annual report presents an assessment of current national mitigation efforts and the ambitions countries have presented in their Nationally Determined Contributions, which form the foundation of the Paris Agreement.
Conference paper

The evolution of building energy standards in Australia: a journey interrupted?

Extensive analysis over the last decade has demonstrated that in developed economies energy use in buildings is one of the most significant contributors to aggregate greenhouse gas emissions. More significantly, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the building sector provides a range of social and economic...
Journal article

Measures to enforce mandatory civil building energy efficiency codes in China

Mandatory civil building energy efficiency codes strictly govern the energy consumption of new buildings in China. As the promotion of building energy efficiency in China has increased in recent years, compliance with mandatory civil building energy efficiency codes has also improved, increasing from less than...
Journal article

Energy efficiency vs resiliency to extreme heat and power outages: The role of evolving building energy codes

Environmental issues, costs, and limited energy supply, among other concerns have been driving the efforts toward more energy efficient buildings over the last four decades. Hence, energy efficiency is not only well-established within the building design and construction industries, but is also an active field...
Journal article

Evaluating the impact of photovoltaic systems on the thermal performance of buildings and its implication to building energy code. A case study in subtropical Hong Kong

For promoting energy-efficient building design, various green building certification schemes such as BREEAM, LEED, DGNB, Green Mark, BEAM Plus, ASHRAE Standard 90.1, Code of Practice for OTTV, etc. have been developed around the world. In recent years, photovoltaic system is widely adopted in building application...
Briefing paper

Governors toolkit for energy efficiency

While governors across the US are setting innovative energy policies, energy efficiency can help them go even farther toward meeting state goals. This toolkit provides steps for governors to increase energy efficiency in homes, businesses, and transportation. It includes foundational policies, current state practices, and...
Working paper

Pathways to zero energy buildings through building codes

This white paper examines the current state of zero energy codes and provides an update on avenues to achieving zero energy codes by 2030. It presents an overview of current efforts to achieve zero energy and similarly high-performing buildings, example code proposals that help move...