Arkansas Energy Code Field Study
The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), in partnership with Advanced Energy will deploy innovative resources and programming to increase successful and compliant executions of residential energy code in Arkansas. With the newly adopted 2014 Arkansas Energy Code, we hope the project will help construction teams to successfully implement this new building energy code. In Arkansas, once enough new homes are permitted under the new energy code the project team will begin the study. We will begin the data collection portion in early 2015, which will be lead by Advanced Energy and their technical team. Concurrently, we will be holding three public stakeholder meetings around the state, which we encourage your attendance for further information and discussion sessions with the project team. Once the field data has been collected, we will organize training, educational meetings, online resources, and other outreach opportunities statewide.
In-field Data Collection is complete!
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In-field Data Collection has started
After engaging stakeholders and with the Open Forum meetings held around the state, and with support from the Arkansas Energy Office, along with home builder and trade association local chapter support, the project team has begun randomly collecting anonymous samples around the state. Only a few data points will be collected from each site, the house/builder/jurisdiction will *not* be identified in any way through out the study, and the collected data will go into a statistically significant analysis conducted by the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) to determine the amount of ‘typical’ energy usage of a single family new construction in Arkansas based on current trends and building techniques.
Open Forum Stakeholder Meeting are complete!
The Arkansas Residential Energy Codes Team is beginning the development of new training material, resources and tools to help building contractors, trades, and industry professionals work most effectively to implement the Arkansas Residential Building Energy Code, and we need your help and feedback!
Please join us with your thoughts and ideas on the following questions, so we can address your needs and concerns:
- What kind of training and education would be most helpful to contractors trying to understand and work with Arkansas’ residential building energy code?
- What are the pros and cons of the current residential energy code?
- What do different industries need to know so as to be most helpful to you in reaching energy code in your projects?
Our goal in developing these new training curriculum and tools is to make the residential energy code as easy-to-understand and work with as possible, which will ultimately benefit homeowners through energy savings and building comfort.
If you work in the building industry we need your input. Come and tell us what we should know!
Meetings were held:
- Tuesday, April 7th 2015: 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon in Jonesboro
- Thursday, April 9th 2015: 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon in Springdale
- Friday April 10th 2015: 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon in Little Rock
On October 29th, 2014,The Arkansas Energy office joined SEEA along with Advanced Energy and Southface Energy Institute in Little Rock for a project kick off meeting. The PowerPoint from this meeting can be found here for more details on the project:
Throughout April 2015, the Arkansas Project team held 3 open form stakeholder engagement meetings to further discuss ideas and receive feedback from those in attendance. The PowerPoint can be found here:
The Project Team
Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
Energy Codes Manager