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Outline Who is Responsible for

Satisfying What is Adopted



A critical step in the energy code

adoption process is outlining who

is responsible for satisfying what

is adopted. A well-written energy

code will include the role that each

entity has in ensuring the adopted

code is carried out. This includes

specific instructions for the design

and build communities, including

architects and contractors, as well

as those involved in validating that

a home or building complies with

the adopted code. The energy

code should specify who will

determine compliance, the time at

which compliance is determined,

and the appropriate method for

determining compliance.

While this is more relevant to the

compliance and enforcement

communities, including these

elements and having a clear plan

for how the energy code will be

carried out will encourage buy-in

from stakeholders and engage all

critical industry professionals in

the adoption process. For more

detailed information on specific

compliance and enforcement issues,

see the compliance and enforcement

toolkits developed by BECP

(Resources 1 and 2 of this chapter).


Include specific instructions on

who will determine compliance.

Code officials, builders, designers,

lenders, insurance underwriters,

realtors, and utilities are all possible

candidates for assessing, verifying,

and documenting compliance with

the code. For more information

on how these entities can be

used to verify code compliance,

see Resource 3 of this chapter,

“Compliance Verification Paths

for Residential and Commercial

Energy Codes.”

Specify when compliance will be

determined. There are several

possible touch points during the

life of a building that are relevant

to compliance with an adopted

code. The earliest point is when

components that will be used in a

building are designed, constructed,

tested, certified, labeled, and shipped

for sale; the last point occurs long

after the building is occupied.

Between these two points, compliance

could be assessed at initial design, during

preparation of the final design and

specifications, during construction, at the

completion of construction concurrent with

pre-occupancy commissioning, and at any

time after initial occupancy.

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