NEEA Q1 2020 Codes, Standards and New Construction Newsletter

I hope this newsletter finds you safe and healthy! The novel coronavirus COVID-19 surely has changed how we live and work and presents challenges to many of us. As we live through these difficult times, we need to keep in mind that challenges also mean opportunities. For example, NEEA’s code program and its collaborators have moved quickly to turn pre-scheduled in-person trainings and education into online and on demand style courses. There will be more free online trainings in Q2 and stay tuned if you are looking for an opportunity to learn some new codes requirements and build up your CEUs or professional development hours while working from home.

Here are a few highlights from the first quarter, and you can learn more detailed information in the appropriate section of the newsletter below. As always, please feel free to contact us with questions, concerns and suggestions to improve our newsletter.

  • NEEA published a code research report to provide analytical insights into the current stage of Oregon residential energy code and U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Homes specifications. 
  • Following a vote by the International Code Council (ICC) on the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the ICC Board published a report unanimously confirming the validation of the voting process. 2021 IECC marks a historic gain in energy efficiency compared to its predecessor code, the 2018 IECC. 
  • Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed an executive order (EO 20-04) on March 10, setting the 2050 climate goals and greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

Thank you,

Bing Liu, P.E.

Sr. Manager, Codes, Standards and New Construction

Find updates on the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance codes, standards and new construction work from Q1 2020.

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