Building energy codes offer utilities opportunities

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Building energy codes offer an attractive energy savings opportunity for utility-efficiency programs, especially with new approaches to quantify savings from code compliance efforts, according to research from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

Utilities have faced barriers to implementation of code-based programs as they have not been historically viewed as part of their core activities, and uniform protocols for the measurement of code compliance and calculation of savings from code compliance have not been fully developed.

The latest national model building energy codes are about 30 percent more efficient than their predecessors of just six years ago, and there is a large opportunity for savings from new construction efficiency upgrades, the research says. These savings can help utilities meet their energy-efficiency resource standards targets.

"We have seen tremendous potential in the ability of building energy codes to deliver energy savings. Utilities are well poised to play a crucial role in promoting energy codes for several reasons -- they have the technical expertise related to building energy saving measures and they have existing networks with relevant stakeholders," said Harry Misuriello, ACEEE visiting fellow and lead author of the report. "Driving the codes agenda means that utilities can not only save energy…but can also better estimate their demand loads and, in the process, get attractive return on their investment."

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