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 ...
Making Sense of the Model Energy Code
Within the past 18 months, several states and local jurisdictions have adopted the Council of American Building Officials' (CABO) Model Energy Code (MEC) as their building code for energy-related requirements. [continue reading]
Code Compliance at 52 Percent in California
Only 52% of new homes complied with California's Title-24 energy code requirements in a field audit of 96 houses built in 1993. [continue reading]
Canada's R-2000 Standards Get Tougher, Others Copy Older Program Measures
With some 8,000 homes built to Canada's R-2000 standards since 1982, one measure of the R-2000 program's success is how it's been copied by other home-building entities. [continue reading]
Alliance Says State Building Codes Don't Make the Grade
At least half of all states have out-of-date residential building codes that force residents to waste millions of dollars a year on high energy bills, the Alliance to Save Energy found in a recent national survey. [continue reading]
Life in the Independent Testing Lab
As manufacturers race to bring new energy saving products to the market, the demand for accurate, non-biased reports of product performance is growing rapidly. [continue reading]
HUD Meets the Deadline
Faced with an ultimatum from Congress, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Renewal (HUD) issued stricter thermal performance standards for new mobile homes, beating Congress' end-of-October deadline with only one day to spare. [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.