Arizona Residential Energy Code Field Study
Across the Unites States, high utility bills are costing homeowners a significant portion of their monthly income. The average residential electricity bill in Arizona is $128 per month, making it the sixth highest average in the nation. According to the most recent EIA Residential Energy Consumption Survey, about one in five households reported reducing or forgoing basic necessities like food and medicine to pay an energy bill. Improving compliance with Arizona’s energy codes will open up an array of benefits for homeowners, residents, local governments, and building officials, including:
- Reduced energy costs that yield monthly savings for owners and occupants and boost the local economy.
- More comfortable and durable homes that better shield people from outdoor temperature extremes.
- Greater market certainty through consistent implementation across jurisdictions
- A level playing field for all builders
Improving Energy Code Compliance in Arizona
IMT was awarded a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant in June, 2019 to launch a study to understand Arizona’s statewide residential energy code compliance and to design and conduct a training, outreach, and education program to help close any gaps in compliance.
The project will follow on the work of eight initial studies completed in different states across the U.S. from 2014-2019. IMT led the project work in Alabama: helping to analyze the current code compliance and create trainings to improve compliance and assist in the education around the adoption of a new residential energy code. The expansion of data collection to Arizona will result in a greater understanding of residential construction issues in hot, dry climate zones and compliance issues in home rule states where an article or amendment to the state constitution grants cities, municipalities, and/or counties the ability to pass laws to govern themselves as they see fit, so long as they obey the state and federal constitutions. The project in Arizona will be split into two phases:
Phase 1: Baseline Study (anticipated September 2019 – March 2020): The project team will conduct a baseline analysis residential construction in the state that will inform an analysis of potential energy savings that would result from better code compliance.
Phase 2: Training and Outreach (anticipated March 2020 – April 2022): We will provide targeted training and outreach to Utah’s building community, including designers, builders, code officials, trades, and others to try to eliminate the identified gaps in compliance with the energy code.
How You Can Participate
To begin, IMT will convene stakeholders to explain the study goals and methods, and to gather input for the sampling plan being developed using previously recorded building permit data. Click on the link below to register for the kick-off meeting.
Date and Time:
Thursday, September 19, 2019
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM MST
1 E. Continental Drive
Tempe, Arizona 85281
If you would like to attend this event, please register here. We will continue to post updates and information here as soon as it is available.
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