We hope this newsletter finds you safe and healthy! As we are embracing the new year, we continue to demonstrate our strength and resilience to work through the difficult times created by COVID-19. Below are a few highlights from this quarter. As always, please feel free to contact us with questions and suggestions to improve our newsletter.
The publication of 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) was further delayed to late January 2021. The publication of this new national model code will trigger the code adoption process for Washington State in 2021. We are expecting the integrated version of the 2018 Washington code with 2021 IECC to be published in February 2021.
NEEA staff completed the Oregon Residential Energy Code Roadmap study and circulated the final draft report for external peer review. This study was conducted in support of Oregon Governor’s Executive Order 20-04, which establishes long-term energy code goals for the state. NEEA staff received review comments from several key stakeholders and state agencies and plan to revise the report, update the analysis and publish the final report in Q1 2021.
Since April 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy has issued 40 rulemaking notifications for appliance and equipment standards covering over 30 products. A list of these rulemaking products is included in the Standards section of this newsletter. NEEA staff collaborated with partners and submitted comment letters for 35 products in 2020, including 11 products in the fourth quarter. NEEA staff will continue to collect data, conduct analysis, and submit additional comment letters for other products in the first quarter of 2021.
Bing Liu, P.E.
Sr. Manager, Codes, Standards and New Construction