Build Your Own Code
Nobody likes energy codes. This unfortunate fact maintains my popularity ratings, as a writer and enforcer of energy codes, down in the low single digits. Energy codes fall into the same category as speed limits ...
Code Changes Encourage Innovative Products
Tired of telling your kids to turn off the lights? Now you may no longer have to—if you live in California. With the introduction of California’... [continue reading]
IECC: Easier to Use and Enforce
The International Codes Council (ICC) recently approved sweeping changes to the residential chapters of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the national model code that is the basis for ... [continue reading]
Cheating - The Insulation Industry's Dirty Secret
Major problems exist with the way some attic insulations are manufactured, labeled, and installed. An experienced insulation contractor, diagnostic technician, and building science educator sizes up the ongoing problem of cheating and offers specific recommendations to prevent it. [continue reading]
California Building Codes Change
Last November, the California Energy Commission approved the 1998 version of the Alternative Calculation Methods (ACM) section of Title 24, which regulates the energy efficiency performance of new residential construction. [continue reading]
States Ignore Building Codes
The International Code Council released its 1998 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) last spring (see "Energy Code Goes International," Sept/Oct '98, p. 7), but don't expect to see these codes affecting construction in your state soon. [continue reading]
Energy Code Goes International
The Model Energy Code (MEC) is a national standard. When local code jurisdictions are updating a building code, they can use MEC as a starting point for their energy efficiency requirements, saving them time and trouble. [continue reading]
Building Performance Journal Editors
Our Blog Has Moved
Thanks for your interest in contributing a blog to the Building Performance Journal (formerly Home Energy magazine). We’re ...
Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?
Energy efficiency is good for the economy, good for families, good for workers, and good for the environment.