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Host: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Speakers: Meredydd Evans, PNNL; David Nemtzow, DOE
Description:  Building energy codes are recognized by countries around the world as an effective policy tool for improving the energy efficiency of buildings, residential and commercial alike. While codes used across nations tend to vary in format and approach, many of the key issues facing code implementation are similar. These often include challenges such as the need for faster and easier methods to verify codes in practice, requirements for existing buildings, hot and changing climates, and the ability of codes to adapt to new and advanced technologies, including new grid-interactive technologies and distributed energy resources. Against this backdrop, the International Energy Agency’s Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) program launched the Building Energy Codes Working Group (BECWG) in 2018. Part of the working group’s charge is to share comparative information on its member countries to better understand the codes landscape across the range of nations. This presentation will provide insight into different practices and major trends on building energy codes around the globe.

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