1) IECC 2009 / ASRAE 90.1 - 2007
Establishing a Baseline for Compliance
The State of Connecticut has updated portions of the state building code with new energy code standards which took effect on October 7, 2011. With this action, we have completed three of the five steps required to demonstrate compliance with the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code portion of the 2005 State Building Code. So far, the State of Connecticut has:
- adopted the new code,
- surveyed Local Building Officials on their concerns over code compliance
- provided Local Building Officials and inspectors with extensive training opportunities to ensure successful conversion to the new code.
As a requirement of receiving federal funding for code training and related activities, Connecticut must also:
- establish a baseline for code compliance in 2012
- put in place a process for identifying ongoing training needs
- tracking compliance each year to ensure that 90% of all projects built in 2017 are in compliance with the energy code.
The Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University has been contracted to work with Douglas Schanne from the Department of Construction Services, Division of Fire and Building Services, Office of Education and Data Management to assist in establishing the 2012 baseline. To do this we are using the Department of Energy (DOE) guidelines for “Measuring State Code Compliance.” The process has three parts; first is to have building officials determine which parts of new code are most often found in non-compliance to code at the time of plan review. Second, building officials will determine which parts of new code are most often found in non-compliance to code at the time of site inspection. By code officials providing this information, they will help the department focus the code training programs on the areas of building construction that impede our goal of achieving 90% code compliance. The third and final step is to select a sample of completed projects and have an independent third party perform inspections to determine if Connecticut’s annual rate of compliance.
At this time, we are looking to have Local Code Officials are volunteering to conduct plan reviews on at least 44 residential projects and 44 commercial projects that were issued building permits on or after October 8, 2011. DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) has developed both residential and commercial data collection checklists for conducting your review. The checklists are available as paper checklists or in electronic form as Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. They can be downloaded both the forms and instructions from DOE at: http://www.energycodes.gov/arra/compliance_checklists.stm.
The Department of Energy's Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) has also developed software tool to help states measure and report compliance with their building energy codes. Their “Score + Store” program will be used by us to collect, store, and report our overall compliance rate. ISE will enter data into this system from checklists to provide aggregated results for reporting on a statewide basis.
OEDM and ISE are working with local building code office on completing surveys of residential and commercial projects. If you have any questions, contact William Leahy at (860 465-0252 or Doug Schanne at (860) 685-8194.
Institute for Sustainable Energy
Eastern Connecticut State University
83 Windham Street
Willimantic, CT 06226
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