Results from Commercial Energy Code Compliance Pilot Program with Plan Review Services
A pilot commercial energy codes compliance support program was undertaken to establish a local precedent for utility-funded energy code compliance enhancement programs in a state with relatively low utility rates. Innovative aspects of the pilot program included either project-specific assistance to design teams or a project-specific design review service conducted on behalf of city code officials, both done with a targeted focus on a limited number of specific energy code requirements.
For projects receiving design team support, the design reviews were conducted while the design was in process to help ensure that energy code items were addressed prior to the submittal of plans for a permit and/or bid. A summary of the individual measure compliance rates are reported for 24 buildings that did not receive any program services and compared to buildings that did receive program services. This analysis was based on a comparison of design documents at equivalent stages in the design process. For the targeted measures, low levels of compliance prior to program intervention showed a large potential for energy savings by simply bringing the designs up to code. The program interventions captured about three-fourths of the potential savings with favorable cost effectiveness. Recommendations for future code compliance programs are also presented based on the lessons learned from this pilot.
Project page: Commercial Enregy Codes Support Program