The Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI), the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction (DHBC) and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) are implementing a three-phase (three-year) program designed to study the statewide energy usage in new residential construction through an energy code survey. A brief project description along with status updates is provided below:
- Phase 1 (April 2015 through June 2015): Survey energy code baseline for the 2013 Kentucky Residential Code (2009 IECC Residential Code) following the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) methodology.
- Phase 2 (July 2015 through September 2016): Implement a series of activities designed to improve energy code installations in new home construction.
- Energy Codes Collaborative – Stakeholder group to provide input to energy code issues.
- Advanced Training Program – Series of live and web-based training sessions/workshops targeted at code measures highlighted in the Phase 1 survey
- Training Videos-Series of web-based videos highlighting key energy code topics
- PowerPoint training presentations from workshops
- Energy Codes informational brochures
- Circuit Rider Program – One energy code specialist will provide statewide assistance to code officials and builders. However, as of September 2017, the circuit rider is no longer funded or available at this time.
- Phase 3 (March 2017 through September 2017): The third phase will consist of a second code survey, with results to be compared to the Phase 1 baseline study to determine if the work done in Phase 2 has had a measurable, positive effect on energy code construction practices. Preliminary Phase 3 results were presented at the September 27, 2017 Codes Collaborative meeting.
Program Resources and Codes Collaborative Materials