Simplified Commercial Building Energy Code Compliance

01/12/2005


Many engineers, architects and designers perceive energy codes as complex and, with ever-tighter budgets, find it challenging to commit the resources required to perform compliance calculations. To simplify the code compliance process, the U.S. Dept. of Energy developed COM check -EZ compliance software, which is now used in more than 30 states. COM check -EZ can also be used to demonstrate compliance with ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999 as part of the LEED certification process.

Building professionals use the software to assess the acceptability of different materials or components. COM check -EZ helps engineers quickly determine pertinent energy code requirements and readily select complying equipment and system components. It provides convenient code inspection checklists, and is supported with a variety of training materials and resources.

COM check -EZ software and compliance tools offer a simple, practical approach to implementing energy efficiency requirements without requiring additional effort and resources. This is particularly useful for smaller, less complex buildings-the bulk of new commercial construction. The software is not the answer for complex building designs and above-code programs that require a professional design engineer who is knowledgeable on energy code provisions. All software tools assist users with simplifying calculations and documentation, and COM check -EZ is no exception; the engineer/designer is still responsible for reviewing and approving compliance results. COM check -EZ can be downloaded free of charge at energycodes.gov .





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