NEEA Q1 2021 Codes, Standards and New Construction Newsletter

Spring is here and we hope this newsletter finds you safe and healthy! The first quarter of 2021 was a busy one here at NEEA, with state and national energy code activity picking up and national appliance standards work continuing. Here are a few highlights from this quarter. As always, please feel free to contact us with questions, concerns and suggestions to improve the newsletter.

  • In March 2021, the International Code Council (ICC) announced a revision to the code process for the 2024 energy code cycle. This new framework includes using the ICC’s American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-approved standards process to update the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
  • On April 1, 2021, the 2021 Oregon Zero Energy Ready Commercial Code (OZERCC) and the 2021 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) went into effect. The 2021 OZERCC is based on the 2019 edition of ASHRAE Standards 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. During the residential code (ORSC) hearings process, NEEA staff presented the latest code analysis which suggests that this code may not help move the state sufficiently toward its regulated energy reduction goals by 2030.
  • The Washington State Energy Code—Commercial (WSEC-C) 2021 code proposal process opened in Q1 of this year after the integrated draft of the 2021 code was published by Washington’s State Building Code Council (SBCC) in March. NEEA staff and collaborators are working on drafting code proposals for submittal that aim to help the state meet the latest energy and carbon goals.

Find updates on the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance codes, standards and new construction work from Q1 2021.

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