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2012 IECC

2012 IECC Energy Code vs Green Home Certifications

2012 IECCMany states are in the process of adopting in whole or with modifications the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).  This new code raises the bar in construction design for residential and commercial structures, and as a result, architects / engineers / contractors building to the new code will be affordably offer a choice to their clients for pursuing several above-code certifications such as Energy Star and LEED without too much additional effort or cost.

The new national energy code includes mandatory blower-door testing for building air leakage (less than <3.0 ACH at 50 pascals), which will measure how well contractors have sealed up penetrations between the outdoors and indoor conditioned space. This testing will be required for all projects permitted after the new code goes into effect. Some states have made modifications to the adopted code, such as Illinois which has changed the ACH rate to 5.0 ACH @ 50.  View our archived July 12 webinar to learn more about IL Energy Code changes.

Other aspects of the 2012 IECC such as requiring hot water pipe insulation and mechanical ventilation are new items that projects will need to implement.  Learn more on a free webinar held Thursday July 12.

So, how do national IECC 2012 requirements relate to voluntary above-code programs like Energy Star, LEED and Passive House?  Pretty well actually. has assembled a matrix identifying several energy-related items as written in the code and indicated what the impact or requirements would be in one of these above-code third-party green certification programs. Download national comparison matrix as PDF.
(Illinois-specific modifications are shown in the image below)

What does this mean?  Well just by building to the new code, these projects will be very close to meeting the Energy Star for Homes program requirements, and will score very well in programs that require Energy Star version 3 such as LEED or Green Communities. Other green programs that don’t require Energy Star, such as National Green Building Standard or local green home programs will also heavily reward these projects.

LEED for Homes will be requiring Energy Star version 3 beginning at the end of the year, so right now a project can still earn LEED certification by building to Energy Star version 2 requirements which should be easily met on any home that meets IECC 2012.

Take advantage of this sweet spot and earn market recognition by attending a LEED workshop or sign up to earn LEED certification today!

Energystar V3 Training is being moved to July 28th

Due to the enormous number of questions concerning the updates to Energy Star & the Michigan Uniform Energy Code of 2009, The Green Home Institute has developed a training seminar to answer those questions. This session is meant to help builders, designers and trades contractors understand their options and responsibilities in meeting the requirements of Michigan Uniform Energy Code 2009 which took effect March 9, 2011.

You’ll learn compliance options and contractor/tradesmen responsibilities in meeting the requirements of the code minimum, homebuilder tax credits and Energy Star Version 3.0. With change come opportunities. This 4 hour session may be the most important training you can take this year to help you position your business to meet the requirements currently in place or being introduced January 1, 2012.

The presenter for this seminar is Michael Holcomb, President and founding member of the Green Home Institute. He is a founding member of Green Built™ Michigan Inc., The Home Inspector General Inc, and Michigan Green Building Alliance.  Mike is a LEED® AP + Homes and NAHB Green Field Verifier.  Mike also is a Program Consultant and Trainer with Green Communities™, LEED® for Homes™, Green Built™ Michigan, Energy Star®, Live Green, Live Smart Institute, the American Lung Association Health House®, and he trained over 4,500 architects, designers, and builders throughout the Great Lakes States.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of Energy Star V3 the Michigan Uniform Energy Code 2009

  • Architects
  • Builders
  • Developers
  • Sub Contractors
  • Engineers
  • Code Officials

Thursday, July 28thrd 2011

12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

GRMTEC Room 206
622 Godfrey
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

 

COST –

Early Bird Registration    $35.00 per person

Register at the door          $50.00 per person

 

Registration Includes-

Snacks & refreshments.
Energy Star Guideline Handouts
Access to Online Slides & Handouts

Please pay via PayPal (You do not need to have PayPal to do this)





Otherwise please send a check to

947 Wealthy St Se
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

 

Understanding MUEC 2009 and Energy Star V 3.0

Due to the enormous number of questions concerning the updates to Energy Star & the Michigan Uniform Energy Code of 2009, The Green Home Institute has developed a training seminar to answer those questions. This session is meant to help builders; designers and trades contractors understand their options and responsibilities in meeting the requirements of Michigan Uniform Energy Code 2009 which took effect March 9, 2011.

You’ll learn compliance options and contractor/tradesmen responsibilities in meeting the requirements of the code minimum, homebuilder tax credits and Energy Star Version 3.0. With change come opportunities. This 4 hour session may be the most important training you can take this year to help you position your business to meet the requirements currently in place or being introduced January 1, 2012.

The presenter for this seminar is Michael Holcomb, President and founding member of the Green Home Institute. He is a founding member of Green Built™ Michigan Inc., The Home Inspector General Inc, and Michigan Green Building Alliance.  Mike is a LEED® AP + Homes and NAHB Green Field Verifier.  Mike also is a Program Consultant and Trainer with Green Communities™, LEED® for Homes™, Green Built™ Michigan Energy Star®, Live Green, Live Smart Institute, the American Lung Association Health House®, and he trained over 4,500 architects, designers, and builders throughout the Great Lakes States.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of Energy Star V3 the Michigan Uniform Energy Code 2009
o    Architects
o    Builders
o    Developers
o    Sub Contractors
o    Engineers
o    Code Officials

 

Friday, May 6th 2011

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

MTEC Room ATC 120
622 Godfrey
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

COST –
Early Bird Registration     $35.00 per person
Register at the door       $50.00 per person
Registration Includes – Breakfast snacks & refreshments.

Please pay via PayPal (You do not need to have PayPal to do this)

Otherwise please send a check to

947 Wealthy St Se
Grand Rapids, MI 49506