NC Residential Energy Code Field Study

Project Goal

The project team at the North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance and Appalachian State University will develop an education, training, and outreach program with a goal that produces a significant, measurable change in residential building energy savings.

Free resources will be made available on the website such as CAD details, how-to videos, and best practice guides on the key provisions of the energy code as well as low-cost and no-cost trainings across the state. These resources will enable builders, code inspectors, and others who design and review plans to better understand the intent of the energy code and achieve maximum energy savings in new residential buildings.

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Project Workplan

The project comprises three main stages:
        Project Phases
In November we held a kickoff meeting in Raleigh where we brought together key stakeholders including; utility representatives, code inspectors, HERS raters, building contractors and manufacturers. At this meeting we introduced the project and requested feedback to ensure that educational materials and trainings are developed that will benefit stakeholders and ultimately consumers through energy savings in their homes.

Data collection for stage 1 is complete! More information on the methodology developed by PNNL can be found here. Sign up below to receive email updates on the project, stay informed on upcoming trainings, and provide your input on best paths for success with North Carolina's Energy Code.

Study Highlights

  • Focuses on individual code requirements within new single-family homes
  • Data confidentiality built into the project—no personal data will be shared
  • Designed to provide a baseline that allows utilities to support future energy code trainings
  • Data collection is used to develop educational and training materials
  • Absolutely all identifying information will remain confidential

The U.S. Department of Energy has funded eight states to participate in the Residential Energy Code Field Study including; Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas. For more information on the project, visit the DOE Residential Energy Code Field Study page.

The field study for Stage 1 is complete! Click here for information on Stage 2: Education, Training & Outreach.

**A huge thanks to The Market Edge for their invaluable data used for the field study!

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