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Training Resources for the 2012 North Carolina Energy Conservation Code

The bolded topic links below lead to important information addressing the 2012 NCECC. A summary of the information specific to each heading follows:

The "Introduction" identifies certain assurances our State Governor provided to the USDOE Secretary.

In a letter dated March 19, 2009, the Governor of the State of North Carolina provided assurances to the Secretary of the US Department of Energy that the North Carolina Building Code Council intends to implement the following:

  1. A building energy code for residential buildings that meets or exceeds the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code;
  2. A building energy code for commercial buildings throughout North Carolina that meets or exceeds the ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007; and
  3. A plan for achieving compliance with the above referenced building energy codes by 2017 in at least 90% of new and renovated residential and commercial building space, with such plan including active training and enforcement programs and measurement of the rate of compliance each year.

Tasks 1 and 2 above have been completed with the development, approval, and implementation of the 2012 NCECC. Much energy conservation code training has been provided and is ongoing. Task 3 is under study. A significant aspect of Task 3 is the assurance given to reach 90% compliance and measure the rate of compliance each year.

The "2012 NC Energy Conservation Code Compliance Software" identifies links to free software that is available to be downloaded for demonstrating compliance with the 2012 NCECC.

In addition to prescriptive compliance, the 2012 North Carolina Energy Conservation Code (2012 NCECC) allows the use of computer software for demonstration of code compliance using specific software developed for this purpose. The 2012 NCECC allows the use of REScheck for residential buildings and COMcheck for commercial buildings for demonstrating that the design of the building complies with the energy code’s requirements. The plans reviewer must check the inputs shown in the reports against the building plans. The buildings must then be inspected for compliance using the output reports from these programs. In conjunction with the building plans, these programs provide excellent report summaries and checklists for verifying code compliance. Note that the NC specific compliance option must be selected from within each program’s “Code Menu” options when using these programs to demonstrate compliance with the 2012 NCECC. Also in each progrms's menu options, select "Help" then "Help Topics" for a current software users guide.

The NC Building Code Counsel recently adopted an amendment to allow the use of ASHRAE 90.1-2010 as a compliance option for commercial buildings. Note that COMcheck also contains a compliance option for ASHRAE 90.1-2010 and may be used to demonstrated a compliance.

COMcheck also contains a compliance option an ASHRAE 90.1-2007, but this compliance option in COMcheck is not acceptable for demonstrating compliance with he 2012 NCECC since it does not include the additional 20% energy efficiency required by the NCECC when using ASHRAE 90.1-2007.

The "North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board On-Line Inspector Training Modules for the 2012 North Carolina Energy Conservation Code" provides links to specific inspector certification training. These modules are also recommended as an excellent source of training for designers, contactors, and the public as well.

The North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board (NCCOQB) has included training for the 2012 North Carolina Energy Conservation Code (NCECC) in their core curriculum for inspector certifications. The training is provided as web based self-learning modules to be completed in advance of actual classes for a discipline. When you register for a certification class, the NCCOQB will inform you of which modules you will need to review in advance of the class. Also, these modules may be viewed by anyone at any time and are an excellent general training resource. The links to these modules are shown below:

Energy training for Standard Courses:

The inspector standard certificate certification exams now include energy code questions as a portion of the exams.

The "Videos for 2012 NC Energy Conservation Code Training for Specific Topics" provides links to several videos that have been prepared addressing specific requirements for the 2012 NCECC.
The "Additional Resources of Interest" provides links to supplementary energy conservation code training resources that have been developed by others and are recommended.

Appalachian State University (ASU)/North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance (NCEEA)

ASU/NCEEA provides on their web site a number of training resources for understanding and implementing the provisions of the 2012 NC Energy Conservation Code. Of special interest is an excellent introductory video outlining key residential provisions and also a pdf document identifying key residential construction details.

The files of power point presentations for training previously provided to home builders, contractors, designers, and inspectors addressing the 2012 NCECC residential and commercial provisions are also available for viewing and download.

Also available from ASU/NCEEA via their website is a wealth of information regarding the Energy Star Program with web pages specifically designed for home buyers, home builders, lenders, appraisers, real estate professionals, and home energy raters.

US Department of Energy (USDOE)

The US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy offers many free educational and informative resources of interest to the home owner, the contractor, the design professional, and the code official. Below are links to web pages containing free materials for your information and use. When viewing these lists of on-line videos and publications, please note that the materials on this site do not address any NC specific amendments that were included in our code. The materials on this site were developed for the model codes and model standards without the addition of any state specific amendments.

The 2012 NC Energy Conservation Code is modeled on the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code and also the ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 and includes the addition of NC specific amendments. The materials noted on this site applicable to the 2009 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2007 would be of interest to you.

The NC Building Code Council recently adopted an amendment to allow use of ASHRAE 90.1-2010 as a compliance option. Material on the USDOE website specific to ASHRAE 90.1-2010 are numerous and are directly applicable.

Web links to the US DOE Building Energy Codes Program Resources of interest:

North American Insulation Manufacturer’s Association (NAIMA)

NAIMA is the trade association for North American manufacturers of fiber glass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation products. NAIMA is an authoritative resource on energy-efficiency, sustainable performance, and the application and safety of fiber glass, rock wool and slag wool insulation products.

NAIMA provides from their web site a large offering of videos and pictorial guides and technical resource documents for application and installation of fiber glass, rock wool and slag wool insulation products.

Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA)

The MBMA is the trade association for manufacturers of metal buildings. MBMA promotes the design and construction of metal building systems in the low-rise, non-residential building marketplace. MBMA has contributed significantly to the design community by producing technical publications to assist in the proper design and specification of metal building and roofing systems. Their website has a host of useful information, including a directory of members, bookstore with information resources that you may purchase; the latest news and technical information from the metal building industry, and more.

Of special interest is the publication “Energy Design Guide for Metal Building Systems” which is available for sale from their web site.