Lead Performer: Institute for Market Transformation – Washington, D.C.
Partner: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Richland, Washington
Field Study States: Florida, Nebraska, Iowa, and Nevada
DOE Total Funding: $1,657,654
Cost Share: $479,905
Project Term: October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2019
Funding Type: Commercial Buildings and Energy Codes Field Studies funding opportunity (DE-FOA-0001532)


The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) will conduct energy code field studies in Florida, Nebraska, Iowa, and Nevada to measure the impact of energy codes on commercial building energy efficiency, and identify opportunities for savings through increased compliance. IMT will collaborate with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to develop a methodology and collect data across a variety of climates and commercial buildings types. IMT will also develop training materials based on their findings in preparation for future educational, training, and outreach activities.


Compliance with building energy codes is key to ensuring intended savings to U.S. home and business owners. The current project will help develop an approach to accurately and affordably assess compliance in commercial buildings, as well as the savings available through increased code compliance. This information is vital to utilities and others supporting compliance-improvement programs, providing the certainty they need to invest in increased efficiency through building code compliance. By developing the business case for energy efficiency, state and local governments will also have tools to allocate their limited resources more wisely and effectively, thereby reducing energy bills and energy-related pollution.


DOE Technology Manager: Jeremy Williams
Lead Performer: Institute for Market Transformation