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Week of March 26

Week of March 26

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W
EEK OF
M
ARCH
26-30,
 
2012
 
CODEALERTBULLETIN
Brought to you by theBuilding Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) and its websiteThe Online Code Environment & Advocacy Network 
 (OCEAN)Welcome to the weekly
CodeAlertBulletin
designed to share information and support timelyparticipation in state and local activities related to the adoption and implementation of building energycodes. This bulletin highlights immediate opportunities to influence state and local policy outcomes,indicates code status, and recommends contact for action. By promoting these opportunities amongenergy efficiency stakeholders, code supporters collectively increase their impact at legislative andregulatory proceedings at the state and local levels.Please forward this bulletin to others who support the advancement of building energy efficiency.If you are aware of activity that should be on this bulletin, or would like to
provide feedback
, pleasecontact
Paul Karrer
at
 
(202) 530-4347 or pkarrer@ase.org. 
For the latest energy code news and BCAP activity,  follow us on Twitter 
,and 
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C
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ESOURCES
&
 
E
VENTS
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Webinar
Train-the-Trainer Seminar
 
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O
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TATE
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Alabama
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California
 
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Mississippi
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South Carolina
 
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West Virginia
 
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W
EBINAR
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E
NERGY
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 Alert Status:
The Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP), the National Association of State Energy Officials(NASEO), the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), and K energy are hosting a webinar on Energy Codes Collaboratives (ECCs) and how they can help states achieve compliance with updated energy codes by 2017. ECCsuse an inclusionary process to create consensus among diverse stakeholders for energy code adoption andcompliance management.This webinar on engaging stakeholders in code compliance will be on April 17 from 2pm - 3pm ET. There will be apresentation on Idaho's eleven-year experience with their compliance collaborative approach, an overview of recent efforts launched in Delaware, and more information from BCAP on their plans to work with Colorado,Nevada, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Please visit the webinar page to register.
More Information:
 Action:
If you have any questions about this webinar, please contact Chris Wagner with NASEO[cwagner@naseo.org]  Top
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RAIN THE
T
RAINER
S
EMINAR
 
 Alert Status:
The U.S. Department of Energy Building Energy Codes Program (BECP), the Southwest EnergyEfficiency Partnership (SWEEP), and the Wyoming Business Council State Energy Office are hosting a free three-day seminar featuring train-the-trainer courses for building energy codes. The intent of this training is to teachattendees how to train others on the energy codes. Attendees should be familiar with the energy code and havethe desire to advance their skills as a trainer.The event will be held in the Little America Hotel in Cheyenne, Wyoming on May 2, 3, and 4. To attend the
training and/or to be added to the email distribution list for this event’s announcements, please contact J.C.
Martel with SWEEP at  jmartel@swenergy.org. 
More Information:
 Action:
If you have any questions about this event or to register, please contact J.C. Martel with SWEEP[ jmartel@swenergy.org] 
 
*****A
LABAMA
 
 Alert Status:
On January 12, the Alabama Residential and Energy Code (AERC) Board approved a preliminary
measure to create Alabama’s first mandatory statewide energy code. The final draft of the AERC will be
republished in the state administrative journal for 35 days before a final vote for approval in April. The effectivedate would be October 1, 2012. As proposed, the commercial code would be based on the 2009 IECC. The residential code would be based on Chapter 11 of the 2009 IRC with a list of amendments.  Legislation passed in March 2010 (SB 315) created the AERC Board with the authority to adopt mandatoryresidential and commercial energy codes for the entire state and residential building codes for jurisdictions thathad not implemented a residential building code prior to March 2010. The state has previously adopted theResidential Energy Code for Alabama (RECA 2004)
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based on the 2000 IECC
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as a voluntary code for residentialconstruction. Since December 2008, the 2006 IECC has been encouraged for private commercial construction. TheAlabama Building Commission enforces ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 for all state building construction.The Alabama Energy Code Ambassadors Program (ECAP) will also expand in 2012. 
More Information:
 Action:
If interested in getting involved, please contact Jenah Zweig with SEEA [Jenah@seealliance.org] or Brian Sernulka with BCAP[bsernulka@ase.org]  Top
C
ALIFORNIA
 
 Alert Status:
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has prepared 45-day draft language for its update to the state building energy code (Title 24, Part 6), the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (BEES) The current draft represents a 30% energy savings over the current 2008 BEES.
The language (“Express Terms”) was released for a 45
-day public comment period on February 24. Public hearingswere held March 12 and 13. WebEx recordings of the meetings have been posted on the CEC website.  The full CEC adoption hearing is scheduled for April 11 in Sacramento. After reviewing this feedback, the CEC willlater release 15-day language and review final feedback, with a target final adoption date in October. Afterimplementation activities throughout 2013, the standards would become effective January 1, 2014.On February 15 and 17, BCAP and NRDC hosted brief  webinars on the details of the new building energy code, including why it is critically important that the public serve as active participants in the process. If you missed thepresentation and are interesting in learning more, you may view the resources here. 
More Information:
CEC Title 24 2013:
 
 Action:
If interested in getting involved, please contact Jamy Bacchus of NRDC [ jbacchus@nrdc.org] or Paul Karrer with BCAP[pkarrer@ase.org]  Top
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