Codes & Standards

Instituting long-term energy savings

More stringent codes and standards play an important role in helping the Northwest secure long-term energy savings. The Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s 6th Power Plan estimates that over 40 percent of Northwest energy efficiency savings between now and 2030 will come from increased codes and standards.

Through aggregating and synthesizing knowledge, then convening and collaborating with our partners, NEEA gains an independent perspective. This helps us advance building energy codes and helped us provide training to more than 2000 building officials and trade allies around the region in 2011.

Through the following codes and standards initiatives, NEEA helps the region secure energy savings to help the Northwest meet its growing energy needs.

Certified Built Homes


Helping to create new and more stringent building codes and providing technical support and training after adoption.

Efficient Dryers


Serving as a technical expert during U.S. Department of Energy rulemaking process to encourage the adoption of optimal efficiency federal appliance and equipment standards.

  • Market Progress Evaluation Report 1 Energy Codes Program
    Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) directs an energy codes program, the objective of which is to influence a sustained market change through the development, adoption, and implementation of increasingly stringent energy codes in residential and commercial construction. This report presents the findings of a formal evaluation of this program. The evaluation framework used in this study is called a Market Progress Evaluation Report (MPER). This MPER was designed to evaluate the program’s progress in achieving its goals and provide recommendations to improve program performance moving forward. The focus of this MPER was on codes efforts undertaken since 2011 in NEEA’s region (in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana). Key research objectives of the MPER were to conduct reviews of: the program logic model; cost effectiveness assumptions used to estimate program influence; program progress achieved; and effectiveness of processes implemented. The evaluation found that NEEA’s codes program has made a significant contribution to the Northwest region through its support of energy code development and adoption, implementation, and compliance. The report’s recommendations for improvement include improved training assessment and timing.
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  • NEEA Fluorescent Lamp Ballast Standard Evaluation: Final Report
    Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) participated in the Department of Energy rule making on Fluorescent Lamp Ballast Standard. On Nov. 14, 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy published its final rule to adopt the “Energy Conservation Standards for Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts,” which took effect Jan. 13, 2012, with a compliance date of Nov. 14, 2014. NEEA engaged TRC Energy Services (TRC) in January 2016 to conduct an assessment of NEEA’s effort and influence on the rule making. The scope of TRC’s evaluation was to investigate the barriers to adoption for this standard, the activities that NEEA conducted, the activities that other energy efficiency stakeholders conducted, and the effectiveness of these activities. Based on the results, TRC provided two estimates: 1. NEEA’s share of influence for the fluorescent lamp ballast standard – i.e., the percent of NEEA influence compared to that of all efficiency stakeholders. 2. The total share of influence on energy savings from the efforts of all efficiency stakeholders, including NEEA.
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  • Assessment of NEEA Influence on 2010 Small Electric Motors Standard
    The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) participated in the Department of Energy rulemaking on the Non-Residential Small Electric Motors Standard. The rule was released in 2010 and compliance with it was required beginning in 2015. NEEA engaged Cadmus in November 2015 to conduct an assessment of NEEA’s effort and influence on the rulemaking. The assessment: 1. Determined whether NEEA influenced adoption of the standard; 2. Enhanced NEEA’s understanding of the appropriateness and effectiveness of its efforts to influence the standard; and 3. Developed an influence score for Non-Residential Small Electric Motors Standard. The methodology used to estimate NEEA’s influence in establishing this standard was an initial attempt to devise a cost effective and repeatable approach to quantifying this essentially qualitative process. Subsequent studies will review alternative approaches. Cadmus reports that NEEA was effective as a technically knowledgeable resource, and that it served as an intermediary in facilitating issues discussion and exploring technically and economically viable options with a variety of opposing stakeholders.
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