State Initiatives

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

States Adopt Energy Codes On Their Terms

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Thu, 2017-11-09 14:41
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Those working in the residential and commercial building industries know that codes and standards are as good as gold. Building codes are put into place to provide guidance and standardization. When a state “adopts” a particular version of the building code, builders and contractors working in the state must adhere to the requirements listed therein.  Read more: States Adopt Energy Codes On Their Terms »

Florida Code Officials to Accept BPI Blower Door Test Certification

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Wed, 2018-03-28 18:40
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Blower Door Code Compliance in Florida

When the Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation Version 5 adopted mandatory air infiltration testing (ie, blower door testing) for new construction homes and residential units, enforcement authorities sought greater clarification on who qualified as an “approved entity” to do the testing.  Read more: Florida Code Officials to Accept BPI Blower Door Test Certification »

State Legislators Push for Clean Energy Action

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Thu, 2017-11-09 14:43
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Despite the recent news of President Trump un-doing climate change policies at the federal level, state legislatures across the country are making it clear where they stand on clean energy issues. According to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE), almost 300 bills about renewable energy have been introduced this year at the state level.  Read more: State Legislators Push for Clean Energy Action »

Incentives for Energy-Efficient Builders in NJ

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Fri, 2018-04-20 09:51
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Our monthly email newsletter went out yesterday to our subscribers and highlighted the various incentives for builders and HERS Raters who work on ENERGY STAR-certified new homes. The newsletter featured utility programs in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah. You may be interested to learn that these programs are only the tip of the iceberg!

Energy Codes in Action

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Thu, 2017-11-09 15:47
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We’re 5 days away from the National Energy Codes Conference hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This is the first national conference dedicated solely to energy codes since 2011. The conference will focus on the development, adoption, and compliance of state energy codes. As you may know, the United States does not have a national energy code or standard, so energy codes are adopted at the state and local levels of government.  Read more: Energy Codes in Action »

New Energy Code in Massachusetts

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Mon, 2018-08-20 12:10
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Massachusetts State Energy CodeIn Massachusetts, all new construction is required to meet the 2015 IECC code requirements, and it must be tested and verified at both rough and finish. The MA website indicates that a certified HERS Rater or BPI-certified duct testing individual must do the testing.  Read more: New Energy Code in Massachusetts »

Nevada Now Requires BPI Certification

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Fri, 2018-04-20 10:11
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The Real Estate Division of the Department of Business and Industry recently announced that individuals in the state of Nevada must achieve education and experience requirements prior to performing a home energy audit. The organization clearly lists approved programs, including BPI Certification, RESNET HERS Rater Certification, and Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certification.  Read more: Nevada Now Requires BPI Certification »

CalGreen vs. LEED: California's Response to the Challenges of its Green Building Code

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Mon, 2012-10-29 14:03
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Last post I discussed California’s new CalGreen building code standard and how that might interact with LEED, Build It Green and other green building standards.  Since the USGBC, among others, has been critical of the CalGreen approach, the California governor’s office has fired back with criticisms of its own.  Here I’ll lay out their four main points supporting CalGreen:

   Read more: CalGreen vs. LEED: California's Response to the Challenges of its Green Building Code »