The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), along with Newport Partners and Edge Energy, has been awarded a US DOE grant to test the effectiveness of energy code training on reducing the energy use of new residential construction. The project has three distinct phases:
A 6 month pre-training baseline study (January-June 2015)
A 24 month training and outreach phase (April 2015-April 2017)
A 6 month post training study(April-September 2017)
Newport’s role in this project is primarily focused on training, education, and outreach. From our experience in conducting code training, we have learned that taking a comprehensive approach is most effective. Because of this, our program focuses both on the technical aspects of the code and how to comply, as well as the behavioral “why” portraying the importance and value of the code.
Our classroom code trainings is are designed to be both informative and engaging. The focus of these practical trainings will primarily be for residential new construction and cover a variety of topics including; the 2015 IECC, Building Science, as well as Best Practices and Lessons Learned. Our trainings will be updated constantly using feedback from training participants and in-field experience in order to offer a relevant and usable information.
Contact us today to learn more and to schedule your training!
Newport is also offering 2015 IECC training for architects and allied design professionals in the state of Maryland. This course introduces formal principles of the 2015 IECC including design implications, and compliance methods, and performance measurement. It is important for architects to understand how the new energy code affects building envelope design including thermal resistance, moisture protection, and envelope continuity. Several sessions are being planned for early 2016 please check back for specific dates and event details.
Training and Field Support
In addition to the in class courses mentioned above, Newport will also offer customized satellite trainings and in-field support. Our staff of experts on the energy code will come to your location and provide customized training to help you in just the areas you need. Topics could include; blower door demos, HVAC sizing, performance testing, air leakage, or any other topic related to the Energy Code.
MEA hosts a YOUTUBE channel that features several webinars and videos on specific aspects of The Code. Relevant playlists include the Retuning and Energy Code catalogs. Although many of these videos are on the 2012 IECC, the basic information is still relevant to the 2015 IECC.
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COMING SOON! THIRD STAKEHOLDER MEETING FOR DOE ENERGY CODES FIELD STUDY - Newport and MEA are in the process of scheduling our next stakeholder meeting with regards to the DOE Energy Codes project. Topics will include discussion about the preliminary field findings from phase 1 of the project, ongoing training efforts, and potential strategies to engage utilities in supporting training and education on the energy code. Date and time is TBD. If you would like to attend this meeting or speak about the project, call 301-889-0017 or or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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