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Home Energy Rating Variability Study

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Home energy ratings are experiencing a growing role in energy code compliance. HERS Raters, in particular, often provide third-party verification services for minimum and above-code programs, including traditional compliance pathways contained in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and more recently the Energy Rating Index (ERI) pathway. In recognition of this trend, the U.S. Department of Energy commissioned a study exploring the consistency and replicability of the HERS system, and in anticipation of HERS Raters assuming a greater role in energy code compliance. Study Highlights: Data was collected by the Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations (REEO) under direction of the U.S. Department of Energy The Study…

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3 Lessons from ACEEE’s Conference on Health, Environment, and Energy

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The Energy/Health Connection One in every 13 Americans has asthma, and we spend over $50 billion each year treating it. But did you know asthma attacks (and several other health issues) can be alleviated with better energy efficiency? Energy efficiency policies and programs reduce pollution by offsetting the need for additional generation from power plants. Increasing energy efficiency and targeting programs to those most vulnerable for health issues (e.g. the elderly, people with existing chronic conditions, residents living in areas of higher pollution) improves public health while avoiding additional healthcare costs. Our Top Takeaways from CHEE With that in mind, ACEEE held the inaugural Conference on Health, Environment, and…

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Here’s What You Missed at MEEA’s Annual Codes Conference

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The 9th annual Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference has come and gone. This year, the conference was held at the Magnolia Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri from November 28-29. With one of the highest turn outs yet, this year’s conference was one of the best yet, filled with great discussion, networking and insights into energy codes. Couldn’t make it? Find out what you missed and download the speaker presentations below. Day 1 Local Projects Leading the Way The conference kicked off on Tuesday, November 28 with our plenary speaker Frank Oswald, the Building Commissioner for the City of St. Louis, who highlighted the recent adoption of the 2018 IECC and building benchmarking ordinance, and shared his experiences working for the city.…

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