Building Codes + Standards

 

We provide expert knowledge and guidance to advance and enforce energy codes.

July 15, 2022

Join our commercial energy code field study for the U.S. Department of Energy

Commercial building owners in the Midwest: join our field study to help the Department of Energy improve energy codes in large buildings.
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June 13, 2022

Can Passive House help us build more efficient affordable housing?

Highlights from a study of two side-by-side projects of affordable housing new construction to compare energy efficiency between Passive House Certification and ENERGY STAR.
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January 26, 2022

Savings hidden in the code: The limits of energy code as a baseline

What's a simple climate measure that could save 80 million kWh and over 3 million therms without any new regulations? If you could find one, you'd feel like you’d cracked some sort of code.
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September 29, 2021

Five climate solutions in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

This week Congress is expected to vote on an infrastructure package aimed at addressing the climate crisis, job creation, and social justice.
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February 26, 2021

The Fan Energy Index changes how we think about fans

Fans are everywhere in our buildings, but they mostly exist so we don’t have to think about them. When working properly, fans become the white noise of indoor spaces; we only tend to notice them when we’re uncomfortable.
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February 26, 2021

How to Prepare for Building Performance Standards: An Interview with New Buildings Institute

In the United States, existing buildings account for up to 40% of carbon emissions. That presents a huge opportunity for massive energy savings—if only we could set the appropriate targets. 
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September 23, 2020

Wisconsin commercial building code for low-rise residential application: Do you measure up?

Multifamily projects present unique code compliance challenges. The residential code for one and two family unit homes does not apply – you have to switch to the commercial code for these larger projects. There are mandatory energy calculations that often get missed.
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September 23, 2020

Wisconsin commercial building code: Do you measure up?

Slab edge insulation requirements. Lighting controls. Do your projects present some of the challenges Wisconsin code inspectors see in the field? Are you up to date on new energy calculation methods to meet Wisconsin’s commercial code? Join us as we explore how Wisconsin’s code has changed.
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September 23, 2020

Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code deep dive: air sealing

Air sealing makes a big impact on a home’s durability and comfort. Why should you inspect for UDC air sealing requirements or know if your approach to air sealing delivers high quality? In this webinar, you’ll become thoroughly familiar with the UDC single family air sealing requirements.
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August 24, 2020

Codes push building performance forward. Efficiency programs don’t need to be left behind.

Minnesota raised the bar on commercial building energy performance with historic code advancements. Utilities still have a vital role to play in the commercial new construction market. But how will the utility role change?
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