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Building Energy Code

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Building Energy Code

September 12, 2019
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Since about 2003 the National Fire Protection Association has invested in a consensus product that competes with other ANSI accredited standards developing organizations to secure a footprint in the energy conservation space:  NFPA 900 Building Energy Code.  Use of the word “code” in its title is significant.   It means that NFPA 900 has been written to be incorporated by reference into federal, state and local energy conservation legislation.

From the NFPA 900 prospectus:

These regulations shall control the minimum energy-efficient requirements for the following:

(1) The design, construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, demolition, removal, inspection, issuance, and revocation of permits or licenses, installation of equipment related to energy conservation in all buildings and structures and parts thereof

(2) The rehabilitation and maintenance of construction related to energy efficiency in existing buildings

(3) The standards or requirements for materials to be used in connection therewith.

Sound familiar?  At the very least, NFPA 900 fills out the 300+ consensus product offerings of the NFPA.  The  NFPA has another product — NFPA 5000 Building Construction and Safety Code — which also has the practical effect of using the NFPA brand, and cadre of public safety compliance functionaries, to at least maintain a presence in the energy conservation space.   A brief reading of NFPA 900 reveals that it references consensus products by the ICC, ASHRAE and other ANSI-accredited standards developers.

NFPA 900 is now open for public input until January 9, 2020.

We host a monthly teleconference that covers the status of the expanding constellation of energy conservation standards.  See our CALENDAR for the next online teleconference; always at the same time — 11:00 AM Eastern Time; always with the same login credentials; and always open to everyone.


Issue: [6-5] [12-79]

Category: Public Safety, Risk Management, #SmartCampus

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Richard Robben


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