Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

Building Energy Codes

Daybreak on Zero Net Energy Buildings: NEEP Workshop Sparks Dialogue on the Future of Buildings

For quite some time, the zero net energy concept has struggled to reach beyond the domain of policy advocates and pilot projects; but the world is changing.

Mid-year Update: State Progress on Building Energy Codes

For more background, see our earlier 2014 Building Code Preview

Building Energy for Resiliency

Caitriona Cooke took some time out of her schedule to extol the benefits of better building design during an era riddled with more extreme weather patterns and to inform us of a great conference, Building Energy 2014, happening right around the corner in Boston....

Ma. StretchCode or: How I Learned to Stop Updating and Love the Timebomb

Unless Massachusetts communities push to update the state’s Stretch Code before July 1, 2014, the 20% boost in building energy efficiency it provides will evaporate, creating market confusion and violate the very concept behind its inception.

What is the Massachusetts Stretch Code?

Posted In: Buildings

Innovation and Regulation: A Winning Partnership Formula

It’s always interesting to witness a convergence of events that serve to highlight and illustrate an issue raised in the course of public debate.

Such a convergence has occurred in recent weeks, in this case involving energy efficiency standards set by the states and the federal government, which date to the days when Ronald Reagan was governor of California and public consciousness began turning to the idea that energy...

Posted In: Best Practices

The Fight for More Efficient Building Codes Comes to Atlantic City

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:

State Energy Efficiency Policy Rundown

Josh Craft, Manager of Public Policy Analysis

With Tools in Hand – Mainers Fight for Safe, Affordable & Comfortable Buildings

Buildings are our nation’s biggest energy guzzlers, using 40% of our energy and 70% of our electricity.

Posted In: Buildings