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How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
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On the Freaknomics Radio podcast last week (freaknomics.org) they interview Arik Levinson about his recent article "How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner on Saturday.

 

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Dennis Heidner replied to Tom Barrett's discussion How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
"Tom,  in the study  http://peec.stanford.edu/docs/modeling/research/Deconstructing%20the%20Rosenfeld%20Curve.pdf The authors try to explain the differences between US and California per capita consumption, due to population, building…"
Saturday
Tom Conlon replied to Tom Barrett's discussion How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
"Crazy yes, but as Nehemiah and I noted above, Levinson's papers ignore natural gas. However, I found a series of working papers by one of Jim Sweeney's grad students (now at U Chicago) that are more comprehensive, and seem to be where…"
Friday
Tom Conlon replied to Tom Barrett's discussion How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
"Thanks Sean, CPUC is now citing EIA's analysis too (CPUC EE Primer - January 2015): http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/NR/rdonlyres/C34EB185-7A5C-4A89-A05A-41A68915556F/0/CPUCEEPrimer_.ppt "
Mar 20
Andy Wahl replied to Tom Barrett's discussion How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
"The point I see in this is, we are using more energy in our homes and not less.  To reduce energy dependency as the number of homes go up we need to use less.  It does not matter that people keep buying more and plugging it in. …"
Mar 19
Ricardo replied to Tom Barrett's discussion How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
"+1 to this. We all as consumers need to do more."
Mar 18
Todd Collins replied to Tom Barrett's discussion How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
"This is already mentioned in the comments, and it is not a bad thing to say it again.  In short, you have to measure energy use / sf.  And you have to take into consideration the typical appliances in homes then and now.  Having said…"
Mar 12
Dennis Heidner replied to Tom Barrett's discussion How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
"Tom,  in our area  (Seattle) use something like Roxul for the exterior insulation... stay away from the XPS/EPS "
Mar 12
Tom Mallard replied to Tom Barrett's discussion How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
""Efficiency" to me and building methods boils down to this heat-transfer model run showing a standard wall, and the same wall with insulation board added outside the sheathing and furring to hold the siding off to allow condensation drip,…"
Mar 12
Ben Jacobs replied to Tom Barrett's discussion How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
"I think that critics and skeptics of efforts to improve energy efficiency in buildings are deluding themselves and others about the persistent problems of energy waste in buildings.  Building codes exist to help assure the public that buildings…"
Mar 12
Tom Conlon replied to Tom Barrett's discussion How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
"Word!"
Mar 11
Bruce Ackerman replied to Tom Barrett's discussion How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
"I'm glad to see this discussion, difficult though it is. I see several points, to try to summarize... 1. A home's efficiency, let alone the efficiency of the overall lifestyle of the occupants, includes a lot more than electricity. Natural…"
Mar 11
Dennis Heidner replied to Tom Barrett's discussion How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
"Tom, "My issue is that American Architecture is dumbed down to think you can be net-zero and not collect thermal energy, that's storing heat in winter, cold in summer at the right time of day or night." Perhaps you need to visit the…"
Feb 21
Tom Mallard replied to Tom Barrett's discussion How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
"According to the article the code standards did work but only enough to cover growth, not a net reduction. My issue is that American Architecture is dumbed down to think you can be net-zero and not collect thermal energy, that's storing heat in…"
Feb 21
Bob Blanchette replied to Tom Barrett's discussion How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
"Some power companies are going to this business model, especially for large commercial accounts. Customer pays flat monthly rate based on available capacity, it's up to the customer to manage loads effectively. It's more of a grid capacity…"
Feb 21
Dennis Heidner replied to Tom Barrett's discussion How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
"The energy that you can get from a wind turbine is proportional to the swept area.  If you can get ten times more energy from a small wind turbine by changes to the generator - then you could get ten times more energy from those massive wind…"
Feb 20
Tom Mallard replied to Tom Barrett's discussion How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
"Dennis, if you're getting 10-times more than 150m tall megawatthour machines that take massive financing with smaller, "less efficient" windmills you'll find it's a far better financial choice for a town than signing up for…"
Feb 20

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At 2:47pm on February 15, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Tom,

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