Building Codes

The green building sector is getting ready for the Jan. 1, 2019 deadline for all HERS raters to use an amendment that puts smaller homes on a level playing field.

A City Council proposal to encourage building projects that create as much energy as they use is due to be unveiled in the fall — but developers warned it may not be practical.

In a recent Journal of Light Construction article, Steve Easley (a building-science consultant) outlines the areas of home construction he focuses on to help educate installers implement cost-effective approaches to air-sealing.

British Columbia has adopted the 2018 version of the British Columbia Building Code.  The new version of the code, which goes into effect on December 10, 2018, and the energy efficiency standard references the latest version of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2016.

In partnership with AIA, IES, and USGBC and with support from the DOE, ASHRAE is developing a new series of Advanced Energy Design Guides focusing on achieving zero energy performance.   

The EPA recently released the 2018 edition of Quantifying the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: A Guide for State and Local Governments.

Oregon has become the first state to approve the use of science-based building code requirements for tall mass timber buildings under their statewide alternate method (SAM). The SAM program is unique to Oregon, allowing early technical consideration and approval on a statewide basis.

On July 27, Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) reintroduced S. 3295, "All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act."

According to a recent article in Construction Specifier, more than 30 organizations from around the world have joined forces to develop landmark industry standards to address fire safety in buildings.

Passive house certainly appears to offer a model that ensures that new projects are doing more good than harm to our environment, which is encouraging.