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Pam Cole

Pam Cole is research engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where she is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Building Energy Codes Program (BECP). She has extensive experience training builders and code officials to effectively implement and enforce energy efficiency codes. BECP shares the goal of the President's National Energy Policy to "improve the energy efficiency of buildings through new technologies and better practices." BECP is involved in improving national model energy codes and voluntary standards to make way for new technologies and better practices in building construction. BECP also supports states and local jurisdictions in adopting, implementing, and enforcing improved energy codes. In addition, BECP develops and deploys computer- and web-based compliance tools and offers training on energy codes through webcasts, self-paced tools, videos, and downloadable presentations. Learn more at


The 2009 IECC: Increased Inspections and Testing Lead to Increased Energy Savings

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is committed to improving the most popular model residential energy code by 30% by 2012 and moving to net zero energy homes by 2020. The first major step toward those goals is embodied in the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code® (IECC).

Inspecting to the Commercial Energy Code Provisions

Comprehensive sets of codes—electrical, energy, building, fire, plumbing, and mechanical—were developed to provide understandable requirements that are easily enforced. But codes only work if states and jurisdictions adopt them and designers and builders comply with them.

Energy Codes at a Glance

Feeling dim from energy code confusion? Read on to give your inspections a charge. The U. S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Codes Program addresses hundreds of inquiries from the energy codes community every year. This article offers clarification for topics of confusion submitted to BECP Technical Support that are of interest to electrical inspectors, focusing on the residential and commercial energy code requirements based on the most recently published 2006 International Energy Conservation Code® and ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA1 Standard 90.1-2004.

National Energy Codes and Standards

Most electrical inspectors never evaluate completed residential and commercial buildings with respect to energy efficiency provisions adopted and enforced by a state or jurisdiction. Why? Electrical-plan review and inspection do not typically involve energy provisions and, more significantly, most electrical inspections occur before energy-saving measures are even installed.