So far, so good.
A statewide spot check by the Nebraska Energy Office is finding most new buildings under construction are meeting guidelines laid out in what’s known as the International Energy Conservation Code.
Ginger Willson, director of the state Energy Office, says they looked at 38 commercial buildings across Nebraska in different stages of construction.
Willson says, “Overall, just with the statewide average at 83%, we were very happy that we are making some very progressive and positive steps forward in building code compliance.”
The code requires 90% compliance by 2017 and Willson says this check allowed the state to form a baseline and understand areas of compliance that need improvement by that deadline.
Willson says, “The report gave us some very good recommendations on what we could do to focus training in certain competency areas and knowledge of the code, such as the building envelope, the HVAC systems, the lighting systems, those types of things.”
Willson says students from the University of Nebraska were extremely helpful in completing the check.
She says future energy code education and experience in knowing and checking compliance for those codes will be a focus for architecture and construction management students.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton