Applying 2013 Energy Codes by Dennis Hidalgo

Building energy codes mandate design and construction practices, materials, equipment, and systems that are intended to achieve minimum efficiency targets when buildings are initially constructed as well as when renovated. However, the process by which these codes are implemented and enforced makes it difficult to ensure that the efficiency targets are actually met. From the number of stakeholders involved in each building project to the fragmented nature of local enforcement, there are many potential gaps in the code implementation and enforcement process. After significant gains in energy code adoption, national focus has now shifted to meeting the 90 percent compliance goal set by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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