DCRA - Green Building and Energy Efficiency...
Thank you for attending the DCRA POD Stakeholder’s Meeting on October 27th. DCRA greatly appreciates your participation and input.
As mentioned during the meeting, the District has long been a national leader in green building and energy efficiency. As the District continues to lead the country, DCRA is placing a greater emphasis on compliance with the DC Energy Conservation Code. A recent internal audit of energy code compliance across construction projects in the city, it has come to our attention that the majority of projects are having difficulty complying. This can have significant implications for projects including delays in construction and the issuance of certificate of occupancy.
To address this issue and make it easier for projects to comply with the Energy Code, DCRA is standardizing and clarifying the Energy Code plan review and inspection process by requiring new Energy Code Verification Worksheets at permitting. The new requirements kick in starting December 1st, 2014.
Please note that while it is permissible to use COMCheck and RESCheck for compliance, it should be provided in addition to the Energy Verification Sheets. Energy Verification Sheets provide a transparent method of communication between the designers, code reviewers, and inspectors and will be critical to ensuring fast review times and compliant buildings.
The new documentation will be required for the following project types:
· Residential 3 stories or less and Single Family Homes that are either Level 3 Alteration, Addition AND/OR New Construction
· Residential buildings 4 stories and greater and commercial buildings that are either Level 2 Alterations, Level 3 Alterations, Additions AND/OR New Construction
Projects with a small scope of work defined as level 1 and 2 alterations (e.g. decks, stairs, patios, fences, driveway refinishing, small kitchen and bath renovations, repair of equipment) do not need to provide the Green Building Submittal Forms or Energy Verification Sheet. However, these projects must comply with the energy code as related to their scope of work.
To download the Energy Code Verification Worksheets use the following link - http://dcra.dc.gov/pa…/green-building-documents-publications - They are currently under Green Building Submittal Templates header. There you can find the guidelines for how to use the documents as well as the actual documents for each building type. Additional instructions about process are forthcoming and will be published on the website soon.
If you would like to have a version of the Energy Code Verification Worksheets in a CAD file (.dwg) or if you have any questions, please let the Green Building Department of DCRA know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DCRA Green Building Department