Tag Archives: Building Codes

Chemistry can help save energy in NYC buildings

This week’s announcement by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio that he wants to dramatically boost energy efficiency in the city’s buildings has garnered a lot of attention. His plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions calls for expanding the use of renewable energy sources, such as an 8-fold increase in private solar generation, and improving [...]

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A goal worth fighting for: EE Global leads the way to energy efficiency improvement

An army of advocates assembled in Washington last month for the 7th annual Energy Efficiency Global Forum, hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy. Their mission? To double U.S. energy productivity by 2030 by “galvanizing action” in the private sector and by federal, state and local governments. It’s a worthy goal – and one that [...]

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Wisconsin considers new energy conservation codes

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code Council will meet in Madison to discuss changes to the state’s building code, such as updates to its residential energy conservation codes for new construction. Keeping these energy codes current would enhance the energy efficiency of buildings, saving substantial energy costs for homeowners. Updating energy codes [...]

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Filling in the cracks can save homeowners billions of dollars in energy costs

As temperatures continue to drop and home heating bills around the country make their perennial rise, Americans that have weatherized their homes won’t be allowing as much heat (or money) to escape through the cracks. “Air sealing is one of the most cost-effective energy savings opportunities,” says Paul Francisco, a research engineer at the Illinois [...]

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Newly adopted energy efficiency standards will improve new homes

Energy-efficient construction reduces the total cost of homeownership by lowering monthly energy bills — a benefit not to be taken lightly, since energy bills are the second-largest monthly expense for homeowners, after mortgage payments. The small, added cost of energy-efficient new construction more than pays for itself in monthly energy savings that benefit homeowners for [...]

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State senator urges Pennsylvania to revamp building code review process

Our nation’s model building codes are updated on a three-year cycle, which allows for continuous review and improvement of the state codes for construction of residential and commercial buildings. These codes leverage the latest innovations in building safety, building energy performance, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems, and other important building performance attributes. Energy bills are [...]

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Retrofitting buildings in the “City of Brotherly Love” for greater energy efficiency

As a city planner and a real estate investor, Philadelphia founder William Penn would appreciate the energy efficiency efforts currently underway in the nation’s fifth-most populated city. With the help of Pennsylvania State University and other organizations, the Philadelphia Navy Yard is being transformed into a center for advanced research and an example of energy-efficient [...]

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Chemistry propels states in an “energy efficiency race to the top”

“Let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next 20 years,” President Obama declared in his State of the Union address last week, seizing the opportunity to introduce a new “Energy Efficiency Race to the Top” program to encourage states to adopt stronger building energy standards and support combined [...]

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New DOE online tool can help improve building and safety performance

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently unveiled a new online tool, the Building America Solutions Center, which provides information and services on building science and building efficiency. Buildings today account for one-third of all U.S. energy consumption, so the tool is designed to help promote energy reduction and improve the overall performance and safety [...]

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Updated building codes keep Illinois on pace with latest energy efficiency innovations

On January 1, 2013, Illinois became the second state in the nation (after Maryland) to implement the 2012 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for residential and commercial buildings — part of a nationwide effort to make our homes and businesses more energy efficient. The 2012 code can make homes 15 percent more [...]

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