GDS Associates, in coordination with the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning, has launched a New Hampshire Home Energy Score Pilot.
Trainings and an energy code coach service for Maryland's residential 2015 IECC began in July 2015. These services are being offered as part of a three year state code compliance study.
NEW: Montgomery County will amend its green building laws to adopt the 2012 IgCC by October 28, 2016. All nonresidential construction in the cities of Baltimore and Rockville must already meet the 2012 IgCC, which became effective in April and July 2015, respectively.
In 2015, the Residential Energy Score Project (RESP) was launched in Tompkins County, NY investigating the feasibility of a policy mandating home energy labeling at the time of transaction.
Rhode Island has begun reviewing the 2015 IECC. While adoption of this code was originally proposed for summer 2016, this code update is now subject to an economic impact review process for which no known date of completion has been set.
Also, Executive Order 15-17, signed December 8, directs Rhode Island to establish a stretch energy code usable by both public and private nonresidential buildings by 2017. It also includes several other directives on decreasing energy use in State buildings.
On June 17, 2016 NEEP released a progress report to supplement the original Roadmap to Zero Energy Public Buildings entitled the Roadmap to Zero Energy Public Buildings: Progress Report. This progress report details how each state has progressed towards meeting the "critical next steps" in the three years since the publication. Additionally, the report contains new information regarding policies, regulations and inititiaves that support zero energy policies and construction in the region.
The new 2015 IECC-based Residential and Commercial Building Energy Standards (2015 Vermont RBES and CBES) became effective March 1, 2015. The new RBES Stretch Code became effective December 1, 2015. The 2015 RBES Handbook is now available. [MORE]
UPDATE: The new CBES stretch code was adopted in May 2016 and became effective June 1, 2016.
NEEP presented with NBI, Perkins Eastman and CHPS during a session on zero net energy and high performacne schools at the 2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo in Pittsburgh, PA. NEEP's portion of the presentation focused on 2 schools in RI that are Zero Energy Capable and produce greater learning outcomes for students. Check out the full presentation here to learn about how zero net energy and schools are the perfect partnership.
The 2016 Northern New England Facilities Masters Conference was held at Exeter High School in New Hampshire. NEEP presented to attendees during a session entitled "Using CHPS to Produce Desired Outcomes in School Buildings". The presentation began with a high-level overview of NE-CHPS and then took a deeper dive into specific sections of the criteria. The session concluded by taking a look at 3 CHPS schools in NH.
One of Massachusetts' newest CHPS schools is located near the "elbow" of Cape Cod in the town of Harwich. Monomoy Regional High School opened its doors in September 2014 to welcome students from the towns of Chatham and Harwich into their new, state of the art, high performance school. NEEP organized a tour of the school during this year's annual Massachusetts Facilities Administrators Conference and Expo. From the boiler room to the rooftops, Steve Litwinowich, director of facilities, lead a group of approximately 20 people through the inner-workings of Monomoy Regional. Check out the exemplar page to learn more about Monomoy's high performance features!