Webinar to Examine Strategies to Improve Energy Code Compliance

February 20, 2012
Over the past six years, national model energy codes have included provisions that would increase energy efficiency in buildings by an average of 30 percent. Unfortunately, these potential savings too often go unrealized due to a lack of compliance.

On Thursday, February 23, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, the Institute for Market Transformation, in partnership with NLC, the National Association of CountiesICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and the National Association of State Energy Officials, will present a free webinar entitled "Local Strategies for Improving Energy Code Compliance."

Intended for local government leaders, code and energy officials, sustainability directors, advocates and other stakeholders, this webinar will offer three cost-effective strategies that local governments can use to ensure that buildings throughout their community are meeting energy code requirements resulting in important energy and cost savings.

The webinar will be moderated by Ryan Meres, code compliance specialist at the Institute for Market Transformation and feature presentations by John Umphress of the Austin Energy Green Building Program in Austin, Texas, and Jim H. Brown with the City of Gillette, Wyo.

The three strategies that will be addressed include:

Design Professional Accountability. This strategy examines the requirement in Wisconsin that a design professional be involved in the construction inspection process for all commercial buildings over 50,000 cubic feet and sign a statement of compliance prior to the certificate of occupancy being issued. The statement of compliance includes energy code provisions as well as other building code requirements.

Streamlining Compliance Processes. Streamlining is the practice of improving building regulatory processes to remove overlap and duplication and create more efficient administrative procedures. When implemented properly, this strategy not only makes building departments more efficient and effective at enforcing construction code requirements, but it also improves customer service and provides financial savings for the local government, its citizens and private industry.

Third-Party Enforcement. Third-party enforcement can take on many variations which range from a comprehensive program for all code enforcement activities to specific third-party enforcement for individual activities such as performance testing, plan review or energy code inspections. Varying third-party enforcement strategies will be discussed. 

Details: Register to attend this webinar on myNLC, NLC's new online platform for members and stakeholders, at http://my.nlc.org/eweb/.