Residential and commercial buildings accounted for over 2,000 Million Metric Tons (MMT) of carbon equivalent emissions and 40% of the total energy consumed in the United States in 2016. New construction and major renovations in buildings have a long-term impact on emissions as many of the features incorporated at time of construction will impact energy consumption for decades.
In cities, the building sector is a major contributor to carbon emissions. Some jurisdictions may have climate policies and climate action plans that set targets and lay out an action plan for improvement on the path to zero carbon emissions. Other jurisdictions, like states and cities, may not have explicit climate goals, but they have an interest in improving building performance and reducing energy costs for their constituents.
Moving Energy Codes Forward: A Guide for Cities and States explains how energy codes can be a critical part of carbon reduction strategies and outlines steps to achieve significant code improvements. It links jurisdictions to leading design measures and new technologies which may be adopted as a stretch code, incorporated into incentive programs or policy initiatives, and eventually integrated in local and national code advancement efforts. It also offers guidance, resources and examples of advanced code adoption based on experiences in other communities.
Although local jurisdictions are unique in needs and specific implementation approaches, this guide provides a practical framework for implementing advanced codes and policies.
Rapid global urbanization and the increase of the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect make urban cooling a necessity as well as an opportunity to increase the liveability and amenity of cities. This review is a scoping study of the relevant worldwide UHI mitigation/adaptation...Read more
Research identifies that home design needs to considers both energy efficiency and heat stress resistance. Currently, NatHERS only focuses on energy efficiency. If the building codes are not modified, then house designs which only focus on NatHERS could adversely impact people's...Read more
A rapid review on green-rated office buildings, and their operational energy use, found that the conclusions of six studies ranged from the certified buildings performing worse, similarly or much better than the non-certified buildings in terms of energy usage intensity. Two...Read more
The Performance Requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) can be met using either a Performance Solution or a Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) Solution or a combination of both solutions. The following demonstrates the performance based design process that should be used in conjunction with the Development of Performance Solutions Guidance document.
This Getting to Zero Status Report (the Status Report) offers building owners, tenants, design teams, contractors, and policymakers a summary of NZE commercial and multifamily buildings data in New York and how trends across the State compare with the national landscape.
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and the former Australian Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) developed this Handbook to assist users with the application and understanding of the National Construction Code (NCC) Volume One energy efficiency provisions.