IECC 2015: Roll With The Changes

The International Energy Code 2015 will have a significant impact on your projects in 2017 and beyond. As of the fourth quarter of 2016 Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Washington and Texas had adopted the IECC 2015. Regardless if any particular local jurisdiction has adopted the new code the prudent owner of projects developed in 2017 will insist on designing and building to the new standards set forth in the IECC 2015.   Click to see if your state has adopted the IECC 2015

While many design and construction professionals may agree the direct financial impact of compliance to the IECC 2015 is significant, there are differing opinions as to the estimated amounts. Our interviews with architects and contractors have produced a wide variety of opinions of cost impact ranging from 5-12% of the overall project budget being a direct effect of compliance with the IECC 2015. Of course, the cost of compliance will also vary depending on the type of project.  Hoover Projects Inc has been advising our clients to budget 10% for the IECC and roll with the changes (to borrow a quote from REO Speedwagon).

“So if you’re tired of the

Same old story

Turn some pages

I’ll be here when you are ready

To roll with the changes”

by: Kevin Patrick Cronin
From the 1978 REO Speedwagon single “Roll With The Changes”

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The IECC 2015 includes the following major changes from the IECC 2009:

  • Extensive Energy Modeling 
  • Skylight and Daylight Control
  • Efficiency of HVAC Equipment
  • Insulation of Refrigeration Systems
  • Third Party Inspections

We anticipate these changes will have the following impacts:

  • More complex and expensive MEP systems and controls
  • More complex maintenance and training
  • Increased permitting and inspection requirements
  • Integration of building systems technology
  • Loss of square footage to expanding mechanical rooms

Significant energy savings are sought through the following major building components:

  • The building envelope – additional insulation and continuous air barriers
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) – equipment efficiency improvements, exhaust systems, fan airflow control, staged cooling, outdoor ventilation optimization
  • Lighting – daylight responsive control, exterior lighting control and interior/exterior lighting power

Hoover Projects, Inc. uses a “Pro Forma” approach to the metrics of building codes, operating expenses, design & engineering, site selection, schedule, sequencing, livability and value. This approach drives value creation and more sustainable places where people can live, work and play. For more information call 1-214-349-4136 or Email today!

We expect energy costs to continue on an increasing trend for the foreseeable future. Investing in more efficient structures is effective in mitigating against the future cost increases of energy.

Like the song says, we’ll be here when you are ready to roll with the changes on your project! Call 1-214-349-4136 or Email today!

Hoover Projects Inc. is a premier national project development manager based in Dallas, Texas serving clients needs on mission critical commercial, industrial, institutional and residential projects since 1989.

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