PURPOSE OF THE EVENT:
Stakeholder workshop to discuss and plan upcoming research on commercial and residential construction practices and code compliance in Minnesota.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING:
- Learn about the upcoming research projects
- Provide input and feedback to aid the study
- Potentially participate in the upcoming research
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
City and code officials, building design professionals, builders, contractors and trade associations, researchers, utility representatives
Call or email Jeannette LeZaks at 608.210.7156 or JLeZaks@seventhwave.org.
8:30 am: Registration and continental breakfast
9 am: Commercial code compliance workshop
11 am: Break
11:15 am: Residential code compliance workshop
1 pm: Adjourn
A working lunch will be served at noon
Site information will be sent with your enrollment confirmation. If you have any special needs (e.g. dietary, physical), please let us know at the time of registration. All requests will be kept confidential.
PHOTO AND VIDEO RIGHTS
We reserve the right to use photographs taken during the event for promotional purposes. Also, this program may be videotaped for future publication.
What is the outcome of this research project?
There are three primary objectives for this project:
- To measure the current commercial and residential energy code compliance rate in MN for new and renovated buildings using a methodology that provides statewide statistically significant results.
- To identify specific opportunities for energy savings through increased compliance with existing commercial and residential energy codes.
- To identify specific opportunities for energy savings through increased adoption of measures that go beyond existing commercial energy code requirements including, but not limited to, existing or new utility conservation improvement programs.
Who would get the results and how would they impact the CRE industry in the state?
These projects are funded by the Minnesota Department of Commerce Division Conservation Applied Research and Development Grant Program. Results will be made publicly available through a written report, webinar, and presentations at conferences/events. The state anticipates that by researching the actual commercial and residential energy code compliance rate, the results will lead to increased code compliance and energy savings in MN.
How does this differ from the many other initiatives to date?
Energy code compliance was last measured in MN in 2013 prior to adoption of the new energy code. This study will help identify the gaps in code compliance and energy savings left on the table. Some states have employed their utility energy efficiency program mechanisms to capture these additional savings through code compliance programs that provide training, review, or design support. The primary emphasis for opportunities will be on increasing compliance with the current energy code.
Is the purpose of this study to work on or propose a new energy code in Minnesota?
No. The primary purpose of this study is to investigate gaps or opportunities for improved energy performance using the code that is currently in place, for example through improved compliance.
This project was supported in whole by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources through the Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) program, which is funded by Minnesota ratepayers.