Building Energy Standards Update

Residential Update ♦  Commercial Update Stretch Codes ♦ Stakeholder Meetings♦ Res Handbook ♦  Updated Docs

 Previous mtgs and code documentation CBES Stretch

 

VT Building Energy Standards Update;

Residential (RBES) & Commercial (CBES)

 

The Public Service Department (PSD) would like to thank all of those who participated in the energy code update meetings and provided valuable feedback to the drafts of the Residential Building Energy Standard (RBES) and the Commercial Building Energy Standard (CBES).  We made numerous changes to the energy codes due to the feedback we received and believe the codes are much improved because of it. 

 

The PSD has now adopted the final version of the energy codes and set the effective dates as follows:

  •        Residential Building Energy Standard Base – March 1, 2015
  •        Residential Building Energy Standard Stretch – December 1, 2015
  •        Commercial Building Energy Standard Base – March 1, 2015

 

2015 RBES Final Draft 2015 CBES Final Draft

 

These "Draft" versions represents the final code language as adopted by Vermont. The PSD is currently working with the ICC to complete the official formatted versions of RBES and CBES. The only changes that will be made between these final 'Drafst' and the official copies will be to formatting, typos, numerical errors and internal references.  We will make the final version available as soon as its completed.Hardcoies of these deaft codes can be provided if requested. 

 

CBES Stretch Guideline

 

Below is a draft of the proposed 2015 Commercial Buildings Energy Standard. Please provide comments on this initial draft by March 9, 2015. These comments will be reviewed and a revised draft issued for further comments. After these intial comment periods a meeting may be arranged to discuss in detail the proposed language.

 

2015 CBES Proposed Stretch Guideline

 

 

Residential Handbook & Economic Impact Statement

 

Below is a draft of the 2015 RBES handbook for your review and commet. Please provide comments as soon as possible but no later than February 27.

Additionally the RBES handout that includes the summery results of the economic analysis completed in November.

 

2015 RBES Draft Handbook 2015 RBES Handout RBES Economic Analysis Presentation RBES Economic Analysis Spreadsheet

 

 

 Code Trainings

Efficiency Vermont has scheduled a number of training opportunities for the updated 2015 Building Energy Standards which come into effect March 1, 2015. Please RSVP for the meeting you plan on attending.

 

Residential Trainings

 

2/10/15 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Manchester Center, Manchester Community Library, Hunter Room, 138 Cemetery Avenue

RSVP by 2/3/15 to: Amanda Monks at rk MILES: MonksA@rkmiles.com, 802-549-5671, or 888-447-5645 ext. 671

 

2/13/15 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Middlebury, Ilsley Public Library, Jessica Swift Meeting Room, 75 Main Street, (Please park behind the Library)

RSVP by 2/3/15 to: Amanda Monks at rk MILES: MonksA@rkmiles.com, 802-549-5671, or 888-447-5645 ext. 671

 

2/19/15 – 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Brattleboro, Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon Street, Room 2E

RSVP by 2/17/15 to: Guy Payne at the Sustainable Energy Outreach Network, guy@seon.info, 802-376-9262

 

2/20/15 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Williamstown, Poulin Lumber, 258 Meadow Street

RSVP by 2/18/15 to: Mike Kuchta at Poulin Lumber, mkuchta@poulinlumber.com, 802-441-4493 office, or 802-673-8602 cell

 

2/24/15 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Hardwick, Poulin Lumber, 439 Wolcott Street

RSVP by 2/20/15 to: Mike Kuchta at Poulin Lumber, mkuchta@poulinlumber.com, 802-441-4493 office, or 802-673-8602 cell

 

2/25/15 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Newport, Newport City Motel & Conference Center, 444 East Main Street

RSVP by 2/23/15 to: Dan Fortin at Poulin Lumber, dfortin@poulinlumber.com, 802-766-0365 office, or 802-673-6877 cell

 

2/26/15 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM - South Burlington, Windjammer Conference Center, Montreal Room, 1076 Williston Road

RSVP by 2/20/15 to: Sarah Dunn at Curtis Lumber sarahd@curtislumber.com

 

2/27/15 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Wilmington, WW Building Supply, 434 Route 100 North

RSVP by 2/23/15 to: Justin Kobelia at WW Building Supply, jkobelia@wwbuilding.com, 802-464-3022

 

3/18/15 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM – West Lebanon, NH, Fireside Inn & Suites, 25 Airport Road

RSVP by 3/16/15 to: Jeremy Stout at LaValley Building Supply, Inc., jstout@lavalleys.com, 603-298-5641

 

Commercial Trainings

2015 CBES Workshops Schedule

Tuesday, 2/24 – 9:00a-12:00p - Pittsford, Vermont Fire Academy, 93 Davison Drive

RSVP by 2/23/15 to: Efficiency Vermont, info@efficiencyvermont.com, 888-921-5990

 

Thursday, 2/26 – 1:00p-4:00p - S. Burlington, Windjammer Conference Center, Montreal Room, 1076 Williston Road

RSVP by 2/23/15 to: Sarah Dunn at Curtis Lumber sarahd@curtislumber.com  [note: RBES is scheduled in the morning]

 

Wednesday, 3/4 – 9:00a-12:00p - Barre, Division of Fire Safety, 1311 U.S. Route 302 (entrance in back of building)

RSVP by 3/2/15 to: Efficiency Vermont, info@efficiencyvermont.com, 888-921-5990

 

Tuesday, 3/10 – 9:00a-12:00p - Brattleboro, Marlboro Graduate Center, Room 2E, 28 Vernon Street

RSVP by 3/6/15 to: Guy Payne at the Sustainable Energy Outreach Network, guy@seon.info, 802-376-9262

 

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Code Historical Development Documents

 

Vermont law requires that the residential energy code (RBES) and the commercial energy code (CBES) be updated on appropriate schedules, the next update is currently underway and is expected to continue through 2014. This page shall be updated with all relevant information on the code update process including stakeholder meetings and drafts of the proposed updates.

 

Background

On June 17, 2013, the Vermont legislature adopted Act 89, which clarifies the applicability of Vermont’s residential and commercial building energy codes to mixed-use buildings and includes various amendments to promote compliance with those codes, such as using existing State and local permit processes to encourage compliance.

 

Vermont’s First Stretch Code

Act 89 also amends the RBES statute to authorize the Vermont Public Service Department to adopt a “stretch” code for residential buildings to achieve greater energy savings than the baseline RBES. Once a stretch code is adopted, residential buildings will gain a presumption of compliance with the energy conservation criterion of Act 250 by complying with the stretch code. Additionally, the Vermont Public Service Department (PSD) is developing a “stretch” code for commercial buildings to achieve greater energy savings than the baseline CBES. Municipalities will have the option to adopt either or both stretch codes as part of their land use bylaws.

 

Energy Code Update Timeline

•  Introductory Stakeholder Webinar held February 2014

•  Proposed Energy Code Language available early June 2014
•  Stakeholder meetings held March and June 2014
•  Comment Period for inclusion in draft ends July 9
•  Draft filed with ICAR end of July

•  Revised Draft available August 19, 2014 and filed with Secretary of State
•  Public Hearing - September 19, 2014
•  Public Comment Period ends - September 26, 2014
•  Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules Hearing - October 2014
•  Target Code Adoption Date - December 2014
•  Target Code Effective Date - March 2015

NOTE:  This anticipated timeline may change.  Changes will be posted on this webpage.

 

Stretch Codes

The Residential stretch code has been incorporated into the base code document. Information and updates on the commercial stretch code development process shall be contained here.

 

Stakeholder Meetings

 

Final Public Meeting - Solicit feedback on revised draft of energy codes

September 19 - VT Statehouse - Room 11, Montpelier

Commercial 10:30 am to12 noon; Residential 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

 

Open Stakeholder Workshops – Discuss Proposed Changes & Solicit Feedback

Residential 9 am to 12 noon; Commercial 1 pm to 4 pm; Lunch 12 noon to 1 pm

March 12 - Noble Hall, Vermont College, Montpelier CANCELLED DUE TO WINTER STORM

March 14 - Vermont Fire Academy, Pittsford 

June 19 - Burlington Electric Department

June 25  - Windsor Welcome Center

 

Public Comments/Feedback

Webbased forms have been set up to gather feedback from stakeholders and can be found at the below links;

Commercial Building Energy Standards Feedback

Residential Building Energy Standards Feedback

 

Final public comments/feedback are due to the Vermont Department of Public Service no later than Friday, September 26, 2014.

 

If you have any questions please contact Barry Murphy of the Vermont Department of Public Service on 802-828-3183 or at barry.murphy@state.vt.us.

 

 

Updated Codes and Documentation

   

Below are revised drafts of the commercial and residential proposed codes, which have been submitted to the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules as part of the rulemaking process. Also below is a summary of the comments we've recieved during the second comment period and during the public hearing with responses.

  

Post Public Hearing Documents

Energy Code Updated Redline Draft Updated Clean Draft Stakeholder Q&A Document
Commercial
Residential

 

 

  Below are revised drafts of the commercial and residential proposed codes, which have been submitted to the Secretary of State as part of the rulemaking process.  Also below is a summary of the comments we've recieved with responses.

 

Pre-Stakeholder meeting Documents 9-15-14

Energy Code Updated Redline Draft Updated Clean Draft Stakeholder Q&A Document
Commercial
Residential

 

 

Previous mtgs and code documentation

 

  Topic/Session Presentation Additional Documentation Webinar Recording Q&A Document
  Commercial Informational Webinar Feb 19 2014
  Residential Informational Webinar Feb 21 2014 Cost Effectiveness  
  Pittsford Stakeholder Meeting March 14 2014 - Commercial

 
  Pittsford Stakeholder Meeting March 14 2014 - Residential  
 

Commercial Code Update Matrix with attached approved modifications to IECC 2012

     
  DRAFT 2015 RBES

Clean Copy

Redline      Clean

(Viewable Only)

Burlington

 
  DRAFT 2015 CBES

Redline       

(Viewable Only)

Burlington