The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register seeking input on how the Department may update and improve its methodology for assessing the cost-effectiveness of residential and commercial building energy codes.
The methodology includes an energy savings assessment. DOE is directed by statute to provide technical assistance to states to support the implementation of model building energy codes.
As part of this role, DOE conducts national and state-level analysis to assess the cost-effectiveness of building energy codes and proposed changes. DOE is interested in feedback on its analysis methodology, preferred sources of cost data, and parameter assumptions surrounding its cost-effectiveness assessment.
In addition, DOE is seeking information on the general costs, benefits, and economic impacts associated with building energy codes. Additional information is available at Docket No. EERE-2015-BT-BC-0001. Interested parties are asked to comment by May 14, 2015.