U.S. Dept. of Energy weighs in on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code

Proposals pertain to fenestration, ventilation, expanded use of occupancy sensors for lighting, daylighting controls, and more.

January 08, 2016 |
U.S. Dept. of Energy weighs in on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published its proposals for the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). 

The proposals are the result of a public process to identify potential code improvements, and represent the final versions which will be submitted to the IECC development process administered by the International Code Council (ICC). 

The proposals, along with those submitted by other interested parties, will be considered through the IECC code development process this year. For commercial buildings, the DOE made 12 specific proposals covering a wide breadth of issues including building envelope air leakage testing, fenestration, ventilation, expanded use of occupancy sensors for lighting, and daylighting controls.

More information on the Department's support for building energy codes, including participation in industry model code development processes, is available on the DOE Building Energy Codes Program website.

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