Airtightness Testing and the 2009 and 2012 IECC

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Airtightness Testing and the 2009 and 2012 IECC

Adopting better state energy codes is a significant achievement, but enforcing these codes at the local level will be the hard part.

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The International Energy Conservation Code 2009

Author: David Weitz
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March 01, 2010

Three groundbreaking changes to the residential requirements of the 2009 IECC include introducing specific performance criteria for envelope leakage, duct leakage, and lighting requirements into the residential code. [continue reading]


Sustainable Sites Intitiative

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July 01, 2008

The Sustainable Sites Initiative takes green building standards outside. [continue reading]


California Tackles Climate Change

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January 01, 2008

Climate change is the most important environmental and economic concern of this century. Period. And reducing greenhouse gas emissions, specifically carbon dioxide (CO2), is the only way to slow this change. It is the only ... [continue reading]


Training Hard Saves Energy

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July 01, 2007

Need to learn about building energy codes?  DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) offers a wealth of free training in a variety of formats that speak to a wide range of experience ... [continue reading]


Energy Conservation Code Decoded

Author: Pam Cole and Todd Taylor
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September 11, 2006

        You won’t need your supersecret decoder ring for the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), published in January. The new international code is easier to use and easier ... [continue reading]


Energy Codes Shaping Insurance Rates

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May 01, 2006

        If you haven’t already heard of the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP), we are a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the adoption and implementation ... [continue reading]

How To Effectively Market Energy Efficiency to Consumers

Kurt Jacobson

How To Effectively Market Energy Efficiency to Consumers

Most of us are aware that marketing greatly impacts the way consumers make decisions and ultimately make purchases or investments. ...

Balancing the Grid with Aloha

Wannie Park

Balancing the Grid with Aloha

Hawaii is notorious for leading the nation in aloha spirit—and solar power. Up to 53% of Hawaii’s ...

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