Energy Code Field Study

Residential Energy Code Field Study

The Governor's Office of Energy (GOE) will assist and support the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) in the multi-phase residential field study with the purpose of identifying opportunities for energy code training & education in new construction.

Buildings account for roughly 40 percent of the nation's energy consumption. Enhancing their efficiency will lead to a stronger economy, a cleaner environment, and significant energy savings for U.S. home and business owners. With this goal in mind, the U.S. Department of Energy has provided funding for states to conduct residential field studies. The participation of builders and local building departments is crucial in supporting this important activity.

The second set of DOE funded studies are being conducted across four southwest states (AZ, NV, CO, UT), and includes: collecting and analyzing data to establish the baseline energy use of typical new single-family residential buildings in the state; conducting education, training & outreach activities based on findings of the baseline study.

    Cooperation & Confidentiality

    The reported data will not include any personally identifiable information (e.g., home addresses or builder names).  Results will be reported at the state and climate zone level, and the purpose of the study is not to evaluate compliance based on individual homes.

    Cooperation from builders and local building departments is essential to the success of the study.  Key benefits include access to more targeted training opportunities, and greater knowledge about residential energy use in the state.  The primary benefit, of course, is to help increase energy savings, which equates to significant utility cost savings to communities and homeowners across our state.

    Building departments in communities that will be sampled may be contacted by a representative of the project team to request the necessary list of addresses and contact information for projects.  In most cases, this is the only information needed from local building departments.

    Builders may also be contacted by a representative of the local field team to request access to selected sites.  Individual projects are selected randomly based on current construction and only one visit will be made to each home. In most cases the data collection can be completed in a short time period to minimize any burden.  Data collectors will wear appropriate personal protective equipment and be covered by their own insurance.

      Kick Off Meetings

      The Residential Field Study kick off meetings were held on October 16 in Northern Nevada & October 17 in Southern Nevada.  In total 35 stakeholders attended the meetings and showed support of the field study.  The attendees were representatives from the building industry, local governments and other interested parties.

        Study Highlights

        • Results to be based on an energy metric and reported at the state level
        • Focuses on individual code requirements within new single-family, site-built homes
        • Data confidentiality built into the experiment
        • Designed around a single site visit prioritizing key items
        • Designed with statistically significant results in mind