OBTAIN EVALUATION CHECKLISTS
A reliable measurement of energy code compliancecalls for onsite evaluations of a valid sample of building projects—both new construction andrenovations. To “check on” compliance, the rststep to is to have a proper checklist. BECP offersevaluation checklists for both residential andcommercial buildings, complete with instructionsto help evaluators. The checklists offer weightedscoring in order to focus on the most importantcode requirements and help states produceaccurate metrics.
Download inspectionchecklists andcorrespondinginstructions at:
MANY U.S. STATES,
territories, and jurisdictions are creatingplans to measure and improve compliance with their energycodes. To support this effort, in March 2010, the U.S. Departmentof Energy’s Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) released
Measuring State Energy Code Compliance,
a report that collectsBECP’s recommended methodologies, which were developed withkey input from stakeholders. The full report is available at
To supplement the report, this user-friendly action plan summarizes the mainprocedures, shows further options, and points to several ready-made resourcesand web-based tools BECP is releasing to support the process.
With checklists in hand, the next step is todetermine which buildings to inspect. BECPrecommends the evaluation of a statisticallysignicant number of buildings in each of thefollowing four building populations:
Residential new construction
Commercial new construction
Within each population, roughly 44 buildingprojects* should be selected randomly, and in sucha manner as to provide a representative samplewith respect to building type and size, location bycounty and climate zone, and other factors.Leave the math tous—BECP offers
anautomated solution for your state. You can ndyour state’s customSample Generator at:
*This number may vary by state/building population.