Latest Articles in Codes & Standards

  • Tax Credits Poised to Receive Last Minute Stay of Execution
    Housekeeping activities such as legislative extensions of tax credits are typically among those that get lost amid the politics until the last moment for Congress, and 2014 was no exception. Some 50 tax credits worth almost $42 billion were among those who received the nick-of-time reprieve on December 3, 2014 when the House voted 378-46 to reinstate them retroactive throughout 2014, setting the... more »
  • With the activation of Energy Star Version v6.0 just around the corner (Jan. 1, 2015, for all but the Northern Zone), we will be pulling up new qualifying criteria tables for U-factor, SHGC and now Air Leakage. For anyone who has not yet read the new version, the meat of it is in these tables. Beyond that, is much else new? Indeed. New for Energy Star v6.0 is Section 3D: Installation... more »
  • While most of the population will spend this week and next finalizing Thanksgiving menus and plans—and trying not to get too far ahead of this holiday by focusing on next month’s festivities—we are already entrenched in the New Year, planning the January/February issue. As part of our coverage, we’ll continue the discussion on Energy Star 6.0 that Rich Walker started in... more »
  • Many of us are familiar with the role police and firefighters play within our communities. Police reduce crime. Firefighters put out fires. Both play a critical role in preserving the overall safety of the communities we live in. Many code officials view themselves as having a similar role within the communities they serve. They are the “Silent Defenders” who strive to prevent the... more »
  • This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency issued label guidance for identifying window, door and skylight products that meet Energy Star Version 6.0 requirements. Section I of the document outlines labeling of products; Section II describes the proper use of display unit labels; and Section III presents guidelines for use of labels on packaging that obscures product labels. Guidelines for... more »
  • As part of its efforts to help industry bring next generation window technologies from the lab to the home, the Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office will meet with stakeholders at GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window and Door Expo. BTO will gather feedback that will inform decisions on the future support for the testing and simulation infrastructure at the Energy Department... more »
  • Or, more specifically, if you publish a new model code, will people adopt and enforce it? With the advent of the International Codes in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the International Code Council was correct in its assumption that states and local jurisdictions would adopt the new codes. Although the 2000 International Building Code and 2000 International Residential Code were not widely... more »
  • While more than 1,200 codechange proposals were submitted for the 2012 International Green Construction Code, fewer than 600 were submitted for the 2015 IgCC. However, some of these proposals are challenging the code’s basic parameters. Among them is the relationship between the 2015 IgCC and the International Code Council 700/National Association of Home Builders National Green Building... more »
  •   Typically, the adoption and enforcement of a new edition of the model codes doesn’t start to take hold until at least a year after the codes are published. With regard to the 2012 International Codes there seems to have been some delay, but more jurisdictions are now enforcing them: According to the ICC website, as of late January 2014, the 2012 International Building Code was... more »
  • After several rounds of revisions and stakeholder feedback, the Environmental Protection Agency issued the final criteria for Energy Star Version 6.0 for Windows, Doors and Skylights this January. It traces a two-year path of give-and-take between the EPA and the fenestration industry, culminating in a challenging, yet―compared to the initial draft―reasonable compromise. While the window criteria... more »