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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

Codes

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

Efficient Dryers

Standards

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.

  • Electric Motors Standard Evaluation
    Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) was an active participant in the U.S. Department of Energy process to establish a standard regulating the consumption of energy in electric motors. To assess the effectiveness of NEEA’s effort in the establishment of this standard, NEEA contracted with Cadmus. The electric motor standard was unique in that energy efficiency stakeholders and the manufacturers established a collaboration forum, the Motor Coalition, and used this forum to create a joint recommendation. NEEA was a member of the coalition, providing technical expertise and serving as a trusted voice in the negotiations. The work of the coalition fundamentally changed the structure of the Department of Energy’s original proposal as well as significantly accelerated the adoption date of the standard. The efforts of the Motor Coalition (NEEA, other energy stakeholders and manufacturers) were significant. Cadmus estimates that 61 percent of the savings from the Electric Motors standard will result from the Motor Coalition activities.
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  • Market Progress Evaluation Report 1 Energy Codes Program
    Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) directs an energy codes program, the objective of which is to get sustained market change through the development, adoption, and implementation of increasingly stringent code in residential and commercial construction resulting in energy savings. This Market Progress Evaluation Report (MPER) report presents the findings of a formal evaluation of this program’s progress in achieving its goals and provides recommendations to improve program performance moving forward. The focus of this MPER was on codes efforts undertaken since 2011 in the northwest 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 recommends NEEA put additional focus on the timing and targeting of training.
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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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Energy Codes and Standards

The Codes & Standards Group is for people interested in building energy code development, adoption and implementation and in energy efficiency standards processes and progress. We share codes and standards news, including the nature of changes and upgrades, effective dates, expected regional energy savings, and how the changes may impact regional efficiency programs and initiatives.

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