The monthly update of the Institute for Market Transformation

October 2013
Energy Efficiency Takes Center Stage at Building Code Hearings

Photo courtesy of ICC, 2013
Energy efficiency advocates celebrated a major victory this month at the International Code Council's (ICC) Annual Conference and Public Comment Hearings, where building code officials from around the U.S. approved an updated code to reduce energy waste in new homes, while overcoming attempts to roll back the current code’s energy-saving measures.

The approved update, known as RE-188, was one of the most significant code updates under consideration, and adds a new optional compliance pathway to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). It lets builders comply by using an energy rating index, such as the Home Energy Rating System (known as HERS), to meet the code’s energy-saving goals instead of having to install several prescriptive energy efficiency measures specified by the code.

The update will benefit homeowners through reduced energy bills and greater MPG-like information on their home’s efficiency. It was supported by a number of groups, including IMT, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the Britt/Makela Group. To find out more on this historic code change, read our press release and NRDC's blog post

Besides RE188, there were several other positive code updates including better clarity on how the code applies to additions, alterations and historic structures, improvements in hot water distribution efficiency and two new appendices addressing solar-ready construction and combustion safety.

IMT and GBPN Present the 2013 Standard Bearers Awards

In addition to the exciting code hearing results at this year's ICC Annual Conference, IMT and the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN) recognized three outstanding leaders in energy code enforcement.

The Standard Bearers: Excellence in Energy Code Compliance Award program, in its second year, honors state and local jurisdictions and individuals who have raised compliance with energy codes and achieved energy reduction in buildings using smart, cost-effective strategies.

The winners of the 2013 Standard Bearers Award are:

IMT and GBPN congratulate the Standard Bearers on their great accomplishments. By championing energy codes, they help ensure that buildings are energy efficient, inexpensive to operate, and healthy and comfortable for the people who occupy them.

To find out more about the winners, read IMT's fact sheet.

See You at Greenbuild?

Greenbuild 2013 is just around the corner, and several IMT staffers will be moderating and presenting at the conference’s official education sessions on November 20 and 21. If you're going to be in Philadelphia, be sure to sign up for one of our informative sessions below:

  • Local Energy Efficiency Policies for Multifamily Buildings (Wed., Nov. 20, 3:30-4:30 pm)
    This presentation, moderated by IMT’s Caroline Keicher with CNT Energy’s Anne McKibbon and ACEEE’s Kate Johnson, describes the landscape of local energy efficiency policy and recent developments that are improving the efficiency of multifamily buildings. It will also touch on utility efficiency incentives.
  • Evaluating New York City's Energy Benchmarking Policy (Thu., Nov. 21, 3:30-5:30 pm)
    IMT’s Andrew Burr will moderate a panel that includes John Lee of the NYC Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, Jonathan Flaherty of Tishman Speyer, and Constantine Kontokosta of the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress.
  • Valuing Green: Working with Tenants, Appraisers, and Lenders to Capture the Value of Green Buildings (Fri., Nov. 22, 9:30-10:30 am)
    IMT’s Cliff Majersik will moderate a panel that includes Theddi Chappell of Sustainable Values, Inc., and IMT board member Charlotte Matthews of Related Companies to discuss how building owners can translate green building attributes into value through appraisal.
  • Increasing Energy Code Compliance: The Untapped Opportunity (Fri., Nov. 22, 9:30-10:30 am)
    IMT’s Jayson Antonoff and Ryan Meres will be joined by NEEP’s Allison Webster to present on the importance of energy code compliance in achieving energy efficiency goals.

Join the Energy Data Revolution: Nov. 14, 3 PM EST

IMT invites you to a special webinar on the Energy Data Revolution hosted by IMT's Andrea Krukowski on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 3 PM EST.

New energy performance information for tens of thousands of urban buildings has the potential to make governments and markets smarter about energy efficiency; redefine how energy efficiency programs are designed and deployed; and shape future efficiency opportunities.

New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle have all begun analysis of their building energy datasets. In this webinar, each city will present key findings from its initial analyses and discuss potential applications of the data. 

Register now

IMT in the News

International Code Council Approves Stringent New Requirements for Historical Structures Architect Magazine 10/28/13

Efficiency Wins Big in Atlantic City, With Homeowners Benefiting The Energy Collective 10/12/13

Energy Efficiency Wins Big in New Residential Building Codes Green Building Elements 10/11/13

NYC Apartment Dwellers Can Compare Energy, Water Use Online 10/08/13

Wanted: Energy Efficient Housing U.S. News & World Report 10/01/13

A Fresh Set of Grades Measures Energy Use in Residential Buildings The New York Times 09/28/13

What We Can Learn From NYC’s Latest Energy and Water Benchmarking Data EcoBuilding Pulse 09/27/13

USA, benchmark energetico degli edifici come chiave di risparmio Casa et Clima 09/27/13

Expert Voices: Jayson Antonoff, US Director of the Global Buildings Performance Network National Geographic 09/26/13

The Closest Look Yet at the Relative Energy Efficiency of Big Buildings The Atlantic Cities 09/26/13

New in The Current:
New York’s Apartments, Analyzed

New York City's Year Two benchmarking report has a wealth of eye-opening data on more than 2 billion square feet of floor space. It is the largest set of such data in the U.S. by far,  and for the first time, many New York apartment dwellers can now see data on their own building's energy consumption. Cliff Majersik runs down the key takeaways in this blog post.

Cliff Majersik to Speak at NEMA Conference

IMT's Cliff Majersik will be a featured speaker at the 87th annual conference of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), held in Palm Beach, Fla., on November 8th and 9th. With fellow panelists Greg Kats of Capital-E and Jim Pauley of Schneider Electric, Majersik will discuss how benchmarking and disclosure laws are driving demand for high-performance buildings. More information can be found here.
New in The Current:
When the Smart City Breaks

Everyone's talking about "smart cities" these days, but has the idea become overhyped? IMT's Amanda Kolson Hurley dives into a new critique of smart cities and applies its lessons to the future of building energy data. See her post in The Current, IMT's blog.
Getting building codes right: The importance of long-term energy targets and dynamic process

 Nov. 13, 4 PM CET

The Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN), in partnership with the Clean Energy Solutions Center, is organizing a series of webinars on the "how to" of building energy code development.
In the first webinar, code developers from the Netherlands, Seattle, and Denmark will share their experiences of developing progressive building energy codes and will explain the background that supports the move toward zero energy, including political context, market conditions, and technical capacity.

- Introduction: Jens Laustsen, Technical Director, GBPN
- Hans Van Eck, Unit Manager, Agentschap NL, Netherlands
- Duane Jonlin, Energy Code and Energy Conservation Advisor, Seattle Department of Planning and Development, U.S.
- Denmark, speaker to be confirmed

To register for the seminar, send your contact details to
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