Connecticut has announced its intent to adopt its 2020 State Building and Fire Safety Codes and plans to base them on the 2018 IECC codes. This review began in April 2019 and aims to be completed by the end of August, with codes going into effect in October 2019. Several code changes were proposed, but we have yet to see what is incorporated into the final bill to be considered by the legislature. Connecticut currently operates under the 2015 IECC.
GDS Associates, in coordination with the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning, has launched a New Hampshire Home Energy Score Pilot.
NEW: Maryland adopted the 2018 IECC for residential and commercial buildings on March 25, 2019 and made them effective immediately. The commercial code also references the ASHRAE 90.1 2013 code. Their legislature also authorized the transfer of the Maryland Building Codes Administration to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, effective July 1, 2018, giving them the agency to update codes in the future. Maryland has also been holding free trainings for building codes for officials to attend to improve compliance with codes and help them realize energy savings.
In 2015, the Residential Energy Score Project (RESP) was launched in Tompkins County, NY investigating the feasibility of a policy mandating home energy labeling at the time of transaction.
Rhode Island has adopted the 2015 IECC and is looking to adopt the 2018 IECC in the fall of 2020. They also have voluntary residential and commercial stretch codes as of February 2018 thanks to the Lead by Example initiative and Executive Order 15-17 signed by Governor Gina Raimondo. These initiatives are pushing Rhode Island towards the front of the climate change and energy code advancement movement. View our Rhode Island State Code Fact Sheet.
On June 17, 2016 NEEP released a progress report to supplement the original Roadmap to Zero Energy Public Buildings entitled the Roadmap to Zero Energy Public Buildings: Progress Report. This progress report details how each state has progressed towards meeting the "critical next steps" in the three years since the publication. Additionally, the report contains new information regarding policies, regulations and initiatives that support zero energy policies and construction in the region.
The 2015 IECC-based Residential and Commercial Building Energy Standards (2015 Vermont RBES and CBES) became effective March 1, 2015. The RBES Stretch Code became effective December 1, 2015 and has been the working stretch code since then. The 2015 RBES Handbook is available as a resource for state officials. The CBES Stretch Guidelines were adopted in May 2016 and became effective June 1, 2016 and has been effective since.
NEW: Vermont is reviewing its Residential and Commercial Building Energy Standards (2019 Vermont RBES and CBES, respectively) and its Commercial Building Stretch Code and is basing these updates on the 2018 IECC, though their bills largely exceed the IECC requirements. These updates have been submitted to the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules for adoption by the state, which meets next on September 5th, 2019.
NEEP presented with NBI, Perkins Eastman and CHPS during a session on zero net energy and high performacne schools at the 2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo in Pittsburgh, PA. NEEP's portion of the presentation focused on 2 schools in RI that are Zero Energy Capable and produce greater learning outcomes for students. Check out the full presentation here to learn about how zero net energy and schools are the perfect partnership.
On September 21, 2015, New Jersey adopted the 2015 IECC with amendments (see the margin for doubled vertical lines "| |") and ASHRAE 90.1-2013. These new codes became fully effective in March of 2016 after a six month grace period. [NEEP comments on proposed draft].
NEW: New Jersey has adopted the 2018 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1 2016 codes with minor amendments to go into effect on September 3, 2019 following a 6 month grace period after approval by the New Jersey Administrative Code group in March.
The 2016 Northern New England Facilities Masters Conference was held at Exeter High School in New Hampshire. NEEP presented to attendees during a session entitled "Using CHPS to Produce Desired Outcomes in School Buildings". The presentation began with a high-level overview of NE-CHPS and then took a deeper dive into specific sections of the criteria. The session concluded by taking a look at 3 CHPS schools in NH.