New Developments in Federal Building Energy Efficiency Standards  

Education Type: 
1.5 Hours


0.2 CEU

Gain knowledge of the current legislative drivers relative to ASHRAE standards and which buildings fall under which standard. Learn about major changes in the most recent versions of ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and the International Energy Conservation Code. Understand the actual requirements for new federal buildings and learn whole building simulation to maximize energy efficiency while maintaining cost effectiveness.


Mark Halverson, Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Mark Halverson is an engineer in the Building Energy Systems Group at Pacific Northwest National Lab where he works on the development and evaluation of building energy codes and standards. Since 1993, he has worked on the development of many versions of ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and the International Energy Code as well as many versions of the Federal building energy efficiency standards.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will learn to:

  • When designing a Federal building, determine which Federal Building Energy Efficiency Standards apply for the particular building type;
  • Explain the relationship between the Federal Building Energy Efficiency Standards, ASHRAE 90.1, and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC);
  • Apply the right parts of the standards (10 CFR 433 and 435) based on when the building design was initiated;
  • When calculating the 30% energy efficiency improvement requirement, explain what is included and excluded in the calculations;
  • Discuss key strategies for meeting the energy efficiency standards through aspects of building design such as building envelope, lighting, service hot water, and technology selection; and
  • Discuss key strategies for calculating the improvement, including whole building simulation and life cycle cost analysis.