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What are the NEW Energy Codes

The Department of Energy (DOE) has mandated that by October 18, 2013, all states are required to certify compliance with the ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010 as adopted by the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). This will require increased use of continuous insulation in most commercial wall assemblies in nearly all climate zones in the U.S. Learn More

Building Codes vs Building Standards

Energy codes specify how buildings must be constructed or perform, and are written in mandatory, enforceable language. States or local governments adopt and enforce energy codes for their jurisdictions.

Energy standards – describe how buildings should be constructed to save energy cost-effectively. They are published by national organizations such as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). They are not mandatory, but serve as national recommendations, with some variation for regional climate. States and local governments frequently use energy standards as the technical basis for developing their energy codes. Some energy standards are written in mandatory, enforceable language, making it easy for jurisdictions to incorporate the provisions of the energy standards directly into their laws or regulations.

The International Code Council (ICC) publishes and maintains the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), which is a model energy code that makes allowances for different climate zones. Because it is written in mandatory, enforceable language, state and local jurisdictions can easily adopt the model as their energy code. Before adopting the IECC, state and local governments often make changes to reflect regional building practices.