Energy code compliance often requires more than a list of basic requirements. In many cases, additional information is needed to better understand the intent of and need for energy code provisions. This critical need for information can help clarify the code intent, empowering those who effectively design and construct buildings to meet code, as well as those who conduct plan reviews and inspections to verify compliance. This helps to assure the intent behind the energy code is implemented in practice.
To address these needs, the U.S. Department of Energy Building Energy Codes Program has developed a number of guides available to support the model building energy codes. Each resource guide focuses on a particular practice or key stakeholder group, and provides guidance on common challenges, best practices, and related resources. Resource Guides can also be customized for use within individual states or localities.