First Steps to IECC Benefits Best Practice and Implementation Plan Suggestions
Adopting and enforcing a jurisdiction's first energy code is often viewed as a potentially challenging and frustrating undertaking. Many buildings constructed or remodeled in a jurisdiction without an adopted and enforced energy code may already comply or partially comply with some of the provisions of the 2009 IECC. By taking the first step in adopting the 2009 IECC, a jurisdiction will start down the path of ensuring that all buildings constructed or remodeled comply with the code.
What did you expect when you purchased your home or a commercial building? Most of us expected that when it rained, the inside would stay dry, that when it snowed, the roof would support the added weight, that when the wind blew, the walls would not move, that there would be hot water, that the home or building would also be reasonably comfortable and energy efficient. Without a minimum standard as a benchmark, these buyer expectations may not be a reality.
Energy codes supplement building codes to provide that minimum energy efficiency standard.
Best Practices Guidelines
- Following the examples of successful Colorado jurisdictions, adopt the IECC
- Set realistic time frame for implementation: training staff, contractors, elected officials at the same time and set expectations during trainings
- A stepped approach: Work towards the use of qualified plan review, inspection personnel and trade contractors. Do not take the next step until all are up to speed
- Start with the basics in energy code success - verifying compliant design and inspecting for compliant construction
- Construct all building for energy efficiency correctly the first time! A building that was not built to code, and performs can be very costly to correct.
- Take advantage of the assistance provided by the Colorado Energy Codes Support Partnership,