Media: Improving Building Performance Through Initiatives, Incentives, and Mandates (Architect Magazine)

Apr 25, 2017


From Architect Magazine:

Buildings account for 40 percent of all energy consumption and about one-third of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and European Union ... In Minnesota, an energy-compliance program called the Commercial Energy Codes Support Program Pilot looks to advance green design by establishing a successful precedent for a statewide, utility-funded, commercial energy codes-support program ... [Models] the system on a small scale, partly funded by a state Department of Commerce grant, and offers a targeted approach to cost-effective energy savings — all in a state with a natural disincentive: relatively low utility rates ...

... “There’s a long history of not meeting the energy code in practice,” says Russ Landry, a senior mechanical engineer with CEE. The organization realized it could help close the gap by including independent reviews at an early stage in the building planning process via design consultation and energy performance measurement ... [The] pilot focuses on achieving higher compliance for line items having an outsized impact. “We chose two dozen of the most impactful energy-code line items and published a reference guide steering designers to a set of codes relevant to their building and site type,” Landry says ...

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Related Links
CEE's Commercial Energy Codes Support Program
MN Energy Code