As U.S. states increasingly look to utilities to play an active role in supporting building energy codes, a new report provides guidance for how state regulatory commissions and energy offices can best develop and evaluate such efforts.
Attributing Building Energy Code Savings to Energy Efficiency Programs was published by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V) Forum; the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) - the GBPN US Hub; and IEE, an institute of the Edison Foundation.
It provides in-depth guidance on program options, evaluation protocol, and regulatory considerations for efficiency program administrators and policymakers. Utility-supported energy codes programs are generally in their infancy and face challenges to adoption and scaling up. This report investigates evaluation mechanisms or “frameworks” used in some U.S. states and reviews potential hybrid approaches that balance considerations such as potential energy savings, resource requirements, cost-effectiveness, and defensibility.
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