BCAP Gap Analyses a Resource for Midwest States

Energy Code Gap Analyses are reports that document a particular state’s energy code infrastructure to assess current gaps, identify best practices, and give recommendations for how these practices can be improved. The Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) has conducted several Gap Analyses over the course of the past year and these analyses can be a major step towards informing the state on how to reduce energy use by improving energy codes in those states. The gap analyses are part of BCAP’s Compliance Planning Assistance (CPA) program.

Thus far in the Midwest, BCAP has conducted gap analyses for the states of Nebraska, Ohio, Illinois, South Dakota, Michigan, Kentucky, and Missouri. Many of these analyses have been requested by departments at the state level and have been used to evaluate the need to move to a more up-to-date energy code. In addition to recommendations, the analyses give the national perspective on energy codes, an overview of the specific state codes, a section on implementation, compliance, and enforcement, and a best practices section, all of which are beneficial in allowing us to see the big picture. In addition to the Midwest, BCAP has also completed gap analyses for Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia.

One of the most important aspects for success, and coincidentally one of the most common problems being found in virtually all of the analyses of the Midwest states, is the lack of education and training. Generally this is due to a lack of resources available to aide in training. Training should be a top priority in energy conservation through codes because it provides consistency and creates building blocks as codes are implemented in states that do not currently have a statewide code, updated in states that do, and compliance is evaluated in all.

The design and construction community could play a major role in making buildings more efficient and more code compliant, but state and local agencies, energy code advocates, and stakeholder groups can aide these professionals by providing the tools, materials, and training  necessary to make this possible. In some states, such as in Nebraska and Illinois, training is being funded by the state to increase compliance and education credits and certifications are given as incentives for builders, design professionals, inspectors, and state and local officials.

In addition to the necessity of training, the analyses also offer other recommendations. A few of the other recommendations that could be applied to all states, not just the Midwest states or those evaluated, include providing incentives to contractors, community outreach, creation of an enforcement and verification infrastructure, and an automatic review of the energy code. The recommendations outlined in the analyses are a great starting place to reduce energy loads in the states, increase monetary savings by consumers which can help boost the economy, and help the states fulfill their ARRA requirements. The analyses completed by BCAP thus far are a great resource for the states and much like a home energy audit. It conducts an evaluation, identifies areas of possible improvement, then gives suggestions as to how to fix what needs to be improved.

Gap analyses completed by BCAP thus far can be found on their website.

This post was written by Senior Policy Associate Michael Hairston with MEEA. For questions, Michael can be reached at mhairston@mwalliance.org.

Views: 136

Tags: BCAP, codes, energy, training

Comment

You need to be a member of Home Energy Pros to add comments!

Join Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy,) and brought to you in partnership with Home Energy magazine.

Latest Activity

Hal Skinner replied to Kurt Shafer's discussion Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?
"I just posted a statement and pictures of a home in Yuma AZ.  This is one I did 10 years…"
9 hours ago
Hal Skinner added a discussion to the group The RCC Classroom (Radiant Control Coatings)
9 hours ago
Tom Mallard replied to Kurt Shafer's discussion Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?
"Anything done to raise the roofing off the sheathing works to reduce the high temperatures in the…"
11 hours ago
Michael Dunseith posted a photo

http://www.prattcenter.net/energy-champions-launch-party

Senator Kevin Parker poses with Pratt Center's Green Jobs Green New York Project Coordinator Elana…
18 hours ago
Michael Dunseith posted a status
18 hours ago
Rob Madden, Solar Home Broker posted a blog post

Phoenix 3rd Quarter Solar Resale Statistics Continue to Impress

Phoenix solar home sales were up during the third quarter of 2014, including the resale of homes…See More
yesterday
Everblue posted a status
"Green job alert! Energy Auditor in Baltimore, MD with Advanced Green Home Solutions. Check it out: http://bit.ly/1xhQuXO"
yesterday
Chris Clay replied to Isaiah Borel's discussion Blown Cellulose VS Blown Fiberglass in the Attic
"The Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, AK has alot of information about this…"
yesterday

© 2014   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service