Energy conservation and building regulations

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Pages201207; # of pages: 7
Subjectenergy conservation; building codes; standards; retrofitting; Codes & guides
AbstractThe implications of including energy conservation as an additional major objective of building codes are considered in relation to the traditional concern of codes with the safety and health aspects of buildings. Mention is made of alternative or complementary forms of regulation utilizing fiscal measures or rationing but it is noted that these could substantially complicate enforcement by necessitating their own special control process. This is cited as a compelling reason for using the traditional building regulatory approaches. The status of USA and Canadian activities with respect to the development of regulations to control energy use in buildings is reviewed with the particular reference to ASHRAE Standard 90-75 and the National Building Code of Canada. The relative merits of prescriptive and performance approaches are discussed with emphasis on the problems of application and enforcement. Reference is made to the technical problems that can arise from retrofitting of existing buildings to conserve energy which could lead to higher maintenance costs and unsafe conditions.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number16114
NPARC number20378594
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Record created2012-07-24
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