State Initiatives

These blog posts will introduce you to the state codes and requirements pertaining to energy efficiency legislation.

Celebrating California's Renewable Energy Success

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Mon, 2018-10-29 08:47
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Many people believe that California is a leader in renewable energy generation, particularly solar energy, because of its largely sunny weather. While that's true, there are additional factors that have enabled the state to lead in this sector.  Read more: Celebrating California's Renewable Energy Success »

Blower Door Testing Requirement in Collier County, FL

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Thu, 2018-11-15 14:10
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We recently received a phone call from a contractor in Collier County, FL about the blower door test requirement in his state. We’ve been covering this topic for a while, with the previous update coming from the Building Officials Association of Florida (BOAF). At that time, BOAF had made a statement that individuals possessing a BPI Certification would be deemed qualified to perform blower door testing per the state energy code requirement.  Read more: Blower Door Testing Requirement in Collier County, FL »

NC Adopts Energy Rating Index

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Thu, 2018-11-15 14:11
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The North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA) recently announced that the state of North Carolina approved the Energy Rating Index (ERI) as a cost-effective option for builders to meet the state’s new 2018 residential energy code.

Explanation of Energy Rating Index graphic  Read more: NC Adopts Energy Rating Index »

Pennsylvania Adopts Energy Rating Index Option

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Thu, 2018-08-23 11:31
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The state of Pennsylvania recently upgraded its residential energy code from the 2009 version to the 2015. The new state code represents at least a 28% efficiency improvement. This change brings Pennsylvania up to modern homebuilding standards, which now include blower door and duct leakage testing.  Read more: Pennsylvania Adopts Energy Rating Index Option »

NJ Home Energy Rebates Extended

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Wed, 2018-08-08 14:09
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The New Jersey Clean Energy Program has been offering energy efficiency rebates to home builders for at least the last 3 years. We’re excited to see that the rebates have been extended for another year. This is certainly good news for NJ builders and homeowners alike.

Through this program, residential rebates are available for:  Read more: NJ Home Energy Rebates Extended »

Denver Voters Push for Green Roof Law

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Thu, 2018-11-15 11:51
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After months of raising awareness on the benefits of green roofs, a group of environmental activists are halfway to their goal of passing a local ordinance requiring green roofs on every building constructed after January 1, 2018 that has a gross floor area of 25,000 square feet or greater.  Read more: Denver Voters Push for Green Roof Law »

California LEED Certification at an All Time High

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Thu, 2017-11-09 14:28
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Green Building Flourishes via CALGreen and LEED

Hippies. Environmentalists. Trendsetters. The Rich and Famous. These are just a few words and phrases that come to mind when folks think about California.

Hollywood obviously contributes to the glamorous visions of California, and things like the California Green Building Standards Code, or CALGreen, contributes to the perception of an environmentally-friendly, forward-thinking locale.  Read more: California LEED Certification at an All Time High »

Nevada Solar Makes a Comeback

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Fri, 2018-06-15 16:45
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In early 2016, we talked about a solar tarrif decision in the state of Nevada that increased service charges for net-metered solar customers and lowered compensation for net excess solar generation from a retail rate to a wholesale rate. In other words, the local utilities were doing what they could to block net metering, which would then limit homeowners with solar panels from selling excess electricity to their utility at a reasonable rate.  Read more: Nevada Solar Makes a Comeback »

Over 200 MA Municipalities Adopt Stretch Code

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Thu, 2018-11-15 12:01
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Massachusetts has long been a leader for energy efficiency. Since 2008, Massachusetts has pledged to upgrade its building code every three years to align with the most recent version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). In other words, MA builders and contractors will be routinely required to implement new strategies and technologies that lead to better, safer, and more energy-efficient homes.  Read more: Over 200 MA Municipalities Adopt Stretch Code »

Portland Adopts Home Energy Score Policy

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Fri, 2018-04-20 09:35
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The Portland City Council unanimously voted to adopt the “home energy score policy” in 2016 with an expected effective date of January 1, 2018. This policy aligns with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score program and requires an on-site home energy audit from an approved Home Energy Score Assessor.

If you’re new to the concept of home energy auditing and want a better understanding of what goes into a home energy audit, please visit our Energy Auditor Training page.  Read more: Portland Adopts Home Energy Score Policy »