2016 Standards

New Standards January 1, 2017


Stricter Standards

 We’re still headed toward net-zero energy for new residential construction by 2020. Net Zero: Onsite generation will equal the amount of energy used by the building, though the building will still be hooked up to the grid. To move towards net zero:

  • The 2008 Standards were 35% more stringent than 2005.

  • The 2013 Standards were 33% more stringent than 2008.

  • The 2016 Standards are 30% more stringent than 2013.

  • The 2019 Standards will be 30% more stringent than 2016.

  • For the 2016 Standards, pre-set building assemblies (JA IV) continue to drive the compliance process. If your building assembly isn’t in the JA IV table, I’ll find the JA IV assembly closest to it.

  • The 2008 Standards introduced Time Dependent Valuation (TDV). The computer program that I use looks at variations related to time of day, season, fuel type and geography. The 2013 standards added the actual energy cost for a given time of day with the peak usage periods  from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. having the highest cost.

  • The current computer programs break the time increments into smaller and smaller sizes, which makes the program more and more complicated.

For the way in which the 2016 Standards affect the various areas of Title 24, please go to my NEWSLETTER page.