Builder Online recently published a detailed update on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) three-year Residential Energy Code Field Study. As part of this initiative, The Penn Residential Energy [...]
Helping Pennsylvania Build Better Homes
Through Education, Training & Outreach Programs
In 2014 Pennsylvania was selected as one of eight states to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to help drive energy savings through residential energy code training and support activities. This initiative brought over $800,000 to eastern Pennsylvania to provide low-cost training, continuing education, and support for code officials, home builders, HERS Raters, designers, and other residential construction professionals.
Current Program Coverage
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Performance Systems Development (PSD) was selected to implement this program in Pennsylvania. When this study concludes in 2017, we’ll calculate how much energy we saved as a result of these training activities, but to do this we need to understand energy use in current new homes. PSD is contacting randomly selected municipalities and builders during the fall of 2014 to begin collecting information for a baseline energy efficiency study. Information collected will include:
- A list of all single-family homes permitted over the past 12 months in your jurisdiction(s)
- Information about the phase of construction of those homes (e.g. date and type of last inspection)
- Contact information for builders (or current property owner) for those homes
- Permission to be on site to perform inspections and in some cases performance testing (e.g. blower door and duct leakage tests) for randomly selected homes
- Contact information for scheduling site visits
- Information about the current phase of construction
All identifying information will be kept confidential. Data reported to the Department of Energy will not include municipality names, builder names, homeowner names, addresses, or other identifying information. PSD will keep all of this information completely confidential. Findings will be reported in aggregate and not on individual municipalities or buildings.
This program will provide additional educational opportunities for Pennsylvania code officials, home builders, HERS Raters, designers, and other residential construction professionals starting in spring 2015 and continuing over the next two years. The program seeks to lay the framework for establishing long-term funding streams from utilities and other non-governmental entities to support training, education, technical assistance and other activities relating to the energy code. We’ll be reaching out to you again in early 2015 to share the latest information on upcoming training opportunities to be offered through this program.
This program presents a tremendous opportunity for the Commonwealth to measure and improve the energy efficiency of its new housing stock, while bringing low-cost training, continuing education, and resources to construction industry professionals.
– Michael Turns
Meet The Penn Residential
Energy Codes Team
Who we are
The Penn Residential Energy Codes Initiative is led by Performance Systems Development’s (PSD’s) Michael Turns in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy. This project will investigate whether investing in energy code education, training, and outreach programs can produce significant energy savings in residential buildings.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ENERGY CODE?
Buildings account for the bulk of all energy use (40%). This consumption is taxing on energy utility infrastructure. Saving energy use in the present is more cost effective in-comparison to building new utility infrastructure in the future. Other benefits to energy efficiency code include:
- Increased energy security
- Lower utility bills for all consumers
- Minimized health risks
- Increased home comfort
- Financial savings boost the economy
WHO IS THE PROGRAM FOR?
- Building Code Officials
- Municipal Officials
- Third-Party Inspection Agencies
- Design Professionals
- Regulatory Commissions
HOW DO PARTICIPANTS BENEFIT?
This is an exceptional opportunity as Pennsylvania was selected as one of eight states to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. This initiative provides over $500,000 to Pennsylvania to offer low-cost training, continuing education, and support for advancement in your profession. Most of those within the industry will not receive this opportunity as 42 other states did not receive funding. Other benefits will include:
- Free energy code compliance app
- Training & support for two years
- Career development & continued education