Jayson Antonoff of the Global Buildings Performance Network argues the benefits of linking building energy codes with benchmarking and disclosure policies.
We must start addressing operational performance to meet sustainability goals on a large scale, says Mark Frankel of the New Buildings Institute.
Current codes are too full of red tape to foster innovation housing and building. Are pink codes the solution? Why some say yes and others say not so fast.
Expanding our range of expected outcomes from high-performance buildings is key to meeting aggressive environmental goals.
While all energy codes strive for continual improvement, they reflect different philosophies affecting buildings' form and performance. In the U.S., jurisdictions prescribe specific practices at the design and construction stages, while Europeans tend to set broad benchmarks, implement post-occupancy enforcement, and let technical advances flourish.
Stretch or reach codes help states and jurisdictions push baseline efficiency levels. Could they spur national code development and adoption?
A 2009 white paper help cities adopting the 2030 Challenge to update their energy standards.
The state's Court of Appeals has overturned a 2011 decision that would revamp New Mexico's stringent green building codes.
Proposed changes to the 2015 IECC could lead the way for greater energy code acceptance.
Builders and environmentalists take to the courts to sort out which energy regs will prevail.
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