Residential Energy Code Field Study

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Project Overview

The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), in partnership with Advanced Energy and Southface Energy Institute, will establish a sufficient data set to represent statewide construction trends and detect significant changes in energy use from training and outreach activities in both Arkansas and Georgia. The goal of collecting this data is to determine whether an investment in building energy code education, training, and outreach can produce a measurable change in residential energy use. The project team’s approach will provide innovative resources and programming to help drive energy savings and lay a framework for establishing long-term strategies and funding from utilities and other non-governmental entities to support energy code related activities. Expected outcomes for this project include:

•  Pre-project energy use baseline for single-family houses
•  Clearly identified barriers to energy code compliance for single-family houses
•  Deployment of education, training and outreach programs
•  Post-project energy code compliance rate for single-family homes
•  Assessment of innovative program approaches and replicable strategies to address identified market barriers

Project Highlights

•  Results to be based on an energy metric and reported at the state-level
•  Focuses on individual code requirements within new single-family homes
•  Data confidentiality built into the experiment—no personal data will be shared
•  Designed around a single site-visit prioritizing key items
•  Designed with statistically significant results in mind

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected eight states in total to receive funding to address residential energy code compliance including: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.





SEEA’s Project State Information Pages

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 Phase 1 Initial Baseline complete: click on state specific pages for data and analysis

Initial Baseline results available here for all eight states (excel)


Additional Resources

Past Energy Code Compliance Projects:

Arkansas and Georgia Project Teams

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Contact Information

Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
Lauren Westmoreland
Director of Built Environment

Page last updated: 11/10/16

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