Free Webinar: The Energy Rating Index (ERI): A Must-Know Code Compliance Path

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Free Webinar: The Energy Rating Index (ERI): A Must-Know Code Compliance Path

This webinar will provide an overview of the ERI approach, how the use of renewables is integrated into this compliance path, and how the 2018 IECC will likely address the use of renewables in demonstrating compliance with the code.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 11:00am

CAMPAIGN: Code Watch

CONTENT: Blog

The Energy Rating Index (ERI) in the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code provides new code compliance flexibility and a streamlined platform for homes to get to net zero. The ERI, based on RESNET/ICC Standard 301, allows the code user to account for all energy used onsite and not just the energy used by the building envelope, heating and cooling system, water heating and lighting. This includes the use of on-site power production which typically means the use of solar electric (renewables) to offset the energy transmitted to the house from the grid. The use of renewables as an “energy savings” strategy and potential trade-off for other efficiency features in a house has been very controversial in the 2018 ICC IECC Code Development process.

This webinar will provide an overview of the ERI approach, how the use of renewables is integrated into this compliance path, and how the 2018 IECC will likely address the use of renewables in demonstrating compliance with the code.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

2:00 pm Eastern

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About our Presenter:
Eric Makela, Senior Associate, is the team lead for the Codes and Standards team at Cadmus Group.  Eric’s building energy codes expertise spans 30 years, numerous states, and countries as diverse as Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Fiji, and India. Makela served on the ICC IECC Code Development Committee for four cycles, and now represents the Northwest Energy Codes Group in developing IECC code change proposals.  In addition, he represented DOE on a team that developed a commercial code change proposal for the IECC that resulted in a 25% increase in efficiency over earlier codes. As a partner in Britt/Makela Group, Eric oversaw commercial and residential energy code compliance studies for 4 states and 4 large cities.  One of the studies focuses on assessing energy savings due to training.  Makela served as a senior member of the U.S. DOE Building Energy Codes Program where his focus was on outreach and education to states and national stakeholders including the International Code Council, Building Code Assistance Project and the Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations.  Over his career Makela has trained in over 20 states to the building, design and enforcement industry in a variety of venues; he has provided technical assistance nationally on energy code related issues to the building, design, and enforcement industry for both residential and commercial projects. Makela was a recipient of the 2009 Jeffrey A. Johnson Award and the 2008 Canyon County Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year. He has a B.A. in environmental studies from Sonoma State University and an M.A. in education from California State University, Sacramento.