Live updates from the Comment Hearings 10/8/2013: The big news is that RE-166, the mechanical equipment trade-off proposal constituting a massive energy code rollback, was disapproved 76-52, overturning committee action. The rest of the changes have been more mild: Gains:
- RE-63 approved, deleting footnote “h” wall bracing insulation exception, which stops its use as a loophole in cases where an exception isn’t warranted
- RE-83 approved as modified, mandating cavities within corners and headers be filled with insulation at least R-3/in. Before they simply had to be "insulated."
- RE-116 overturned, avoiding a duct leakage testing rollback (by switching to leakage to outside at same rate)
- RE-150 overturned, avoiding a change to the simple 75% high efficacy lighting prescriptive requirement to a 100% requirement with exceptions that might have led to increased energy use if abused.
- RE-50 approved, slightly increasing the U-factor table values for Climate Zones 1-5 (but decreasing them for CZ 6-8).
- RE-107 approved as modified, decreasing duct insulation requirements for small ducts ( < 3" diameter)
- RE-132 approved as modified by public comment, deleting R-3 hot insulation requirement for hot water pipes:  to the kitchen; and  exceeding the maximum run lengths given by the table. On the bright side, 3/4" diameter pipes will now be subject to the R-3 requirement (before it had been pipes > 3/4").
- RE-129 AM overturned. It would have expanded R-3 insulation requirements for hot water pipes.
- RE-125 approved as modified (in its entirety), adding requirements for hot water circulation and heat trace systems and controls.
- RE-136 approved with various modifications (in its entirety), adding requirements for demand recirculation system controls.
Allison Webster, Senior Building Energy Policy AssociateThe fate of the 2015 energy code rests in the hands of those state and local officials voting in Atlantic City. Therefore, getting as many energy efficiency supporters to participate at the ICC Public Comment Hearings will be critically important this October. For more information about available travel support or ways to get involved, please contact Allison Webster from NEEP’s Buildings Team. Special thanks to Emily Norton for her writing contributions.