November 3-4, 2016 – Tempe. AZ
SWEEP’s Buildings Efficiency Program hosted a day-and-a-half meeting on energy codes, where we learned and discussed strategies to improve code compliance and increase code adoption in the Southwest region. The agenda included an overview of recent energy code activity in the southwest, how the International Codes Council and RESNET raters work together with building officials, a deep dive into the workings of the REM/Rate energy modeling software and what reviewers should focus on, how the Energy Rating Index (ERI) pathway is working for residential energy code compliance, compliance studies and their benefits to states and local jurisdictions with a focus on Colorado’s study, a report from the 2018 IECC hearings, commissioning in the energy codes, and a discussion of how renewable energy and energy efficiency work together in the codes. We also had a fast-paced Jolt Session, dinners around town, and a tour of a net-zero commercial building (DPR Construction). Awards were presented to two outstanding individuals for their dedication to advancing energy codes—Shaunna Mozingo of Colorado Code Consulting and Sharon Bonesteel of Salt River Project. Attendees learned about resources available to support state and local adoption and compliance, and connected with peers to replicate successful efforts from other states and regions.