[Report] Leveraging Building Energy Codes to Maximize Savings

2013/03/01 | United States美国

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.

More info: IMT's website 


Energy efficiency codes set minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design and construction/renovation of new and existing buildings. [Source: Cochrane & Dunn (2010), Energy Codes 101: A Primer for Sustainability Policy Makers, Working Paper, Reservation Green Lab].

The ratio between the energy services provided and the energy consumed. Something is more energy efficient if it delivers more services for the same energy input, or the same services for less energy input. [Source: IEA Glossary]

An amount of saved energy determined by measuring and or estimating consumption before and after implementation of one or more energy efficiency improvement measure, whilst ensuring normalisation for external conditions that affect energy consumption. [Source: Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU]