Pandemic Task Force (PTF)

Committee Documents

Implementation Workforce Resources

Name/Title of Resource Topic Link Organization Notes
BCXP – BUILDING COMMISSIONING PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION Certification/Credential Program Link ASHRAE ASHRAE’s BCxP certification program validates competency to lead, plan, coordinate and manage a commissioning team to implement commissioning processes in new and existing buildings.
CCP, ACP, CCF Certification/Credential Program Link BCCB The Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) is an individual who leads, plans, coordinates and manages a commissioning team to implement commissioning processes in new and existing buildings.
Certified Building Commissioning Professional Certification/Credential Program Link AEE AEE's certifications are recognized by governmental agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as by utilities, end users, and energy service companies.
BEAP – BUILDING ENERGY ASSESSMENT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION Certification/Credential Program Link ASHRAE The BEAP certification, an ANSI-Accredited Personnel Certification Program under ISO/IEC 17024 (#1139), validates competency to assess building systems and site conditions; analyze and evaluate equipment and energy usage; and recommend strategies to optimize building resource utilization.
BEMP – BUILDING ENERGY MODELING PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION Certification/Credential Program Link ASHRAE The BEMP certification, an ANSI-Accredited Personnel Certification Program under ISO/IEC 17024 (#1139), validates competency to model new and existing building and systems with the full range of physics; and evaluate, select, use, calibrate and interpret the results of energy modeling software where applied to building and systems energy performance and economics.
CHD – CERTIFIED HVAC DESIGNER Certification/Credential Program Link ASHRAE The CHD certification, managed under ISO/IEC 17024 requirements for ANSI-Accredited Personnel Certification Programs, validates competency to design HVAC systems to meet building/project requirements, including equipment, equipment sizing, load calculations, mechanical equipment room design, duct and piping design and layout, and develop HVAC plans for permit and construction.
HBDP – HIGH-PERFORMANCE BUILDING DESIGN PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION Certification/Credential Program Link ASHRAE The HBDP certification, an ANSI-Accredited Personnel Certification Program under ISO/IEC 17024 (#1139), validates competency to design and integrate sustainable HVAC&R systems into high performing buildings.
OPMP – OPERATIONS AND PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION Certification/Credential Program Link ASHRAE Developed with the participation of APPA and the General Services Administration (GSA), the OPMP certification validates competency to do the following:

Manage facility operations and maintenance to achieve building performance goals, including those related to indoor environmental quality, health and safety.
LEED AP Certification/Credential Program Link USGBC

LEED Green Associate
A foundational professional credential signifying core competency in green building principles. LEED AP with specialty. An advanced professional credential signifying expertise in green building and a LEED rating system.
WELL AP Certification/Credential Program Link USGBC/IWBI Certification as a WELL AP, the WELL Building standard is a standard for buildngs, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that support and advance human health and wellness.
Architecture Education Degree Programs Link NCARB The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is an agency that evaluates architecture programs in the United States to ensure that graduates have the technical and critical thinking skills required to have a rewarding career in the profession. The NAAB’s accreditation is independent of the school’s overall accreditation.

Most of the 55 U.S. licensing boards require that architects hold a professional degree from a NAAB-accredited program, which include Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture, and Doctor of Architecture programs
ICC Safety 2.0 Workforce Development Link ICC Safety 2.0 is the International Code Council’s signature initiative to welcome a new generation of members and leaders to the building safety profession.
ASHRAE Trainings Workforce Development Link ASHRAE Certifications for building energy modeling, high-performance building design, commissioning, and building operations
ICC Certification Certification/Credential Program Link ICC Certification on knowledge of ICC Codes.

Advanced Building Energy Policies and Resources

Name/Title of Resource Topic Link Organization Notes
Vancouver Zero Emissions Buildings Plan Visions/Plans Link City of Vancouver Established limits for GHG emissions, EUI and TEDI targets. Offers a Passive House alternative compliance path. Requires airtightness testing and enhanced compliance, metering infrastructure and benchmarking
Toronto Zero Emissions Buildings Framework Visions/Plans Link City of Toronto Establishes stepped GHG & energy targets to Zero Emissions by 2030. Includes Climate Change Resilience Checklist. Informs the Toronto Green Standard.
Cambridge Net Zero Action Plan Visions/Plans Link City of Cambridge Comprehensive plan to phase out GHGs from buildings, including net zero emissions standards for new buildings over time
Boulder Energy Code - 2020 Visions/Plans Link City of Boulder The City of Boulder has set a goal of reaching net zero energy (NZE) construction through building and energy codes by 2031
Washington DC Sustainability Plan Visions/Plans Link Washington DC zero energy new res buildings 2026, com 2032. 50% reduction of energy use of existing buildings
ACEEE Pathways to Zero Energy Buildings through Building Codes Visions/Plans Link ACEEE This white paper examines the current state of zero energy codes and provides an update on avenues to achievingzero energy codes by 2030. It presents an overview of current efforts to achieve zero energy and similarly high-performing buildings, example code proposals that help move the needle toward ZEBs, and thoughts on additional issues and barriers.
DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Advanced Codes, Standards and Programs Link DOE DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home certification requires homes meet the Energy Star New Homes certification criteria, along with additional requirements for water savings, energy savings, indoor air quality, etc. At least 40%-50% more energy efficient than a typical new home. This generally corresponds to a HERS Index Score in the low- to mid-50s, depending on the size of the home and region in which it is built.
Passive House Advanced Codes, Standards and Programs Link PHIUS Not zero energy per se, but PHIUS certification encompasses many of the tools necessary for achieving net zero energy use, and incorporates DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home protocol as well
PHIUS+ Source Zero Advanced Codes, Standards and Programs Link PHIUS Builds on Passive House building efficiency guidelines by adding a net zero energy component through generation or procurement of renewable energy
LEED Zero Energy Certification Advanced Codes, Standards and Programs Link USGBC Certification based on measure of source energy balance within the past year
IgCC/ASHRAE 189.1 Advanced Codes, Standards and Programs Link ICC and ASHRAE The IgCC, which includes ASHRAE 189, is the first model code that includes sustainability measures for the entire construction project and its site — from design through construction, certificate of occupancy and beyond. The new code is expected to make buildings more efficient, reduce waste, and have a positive impact on health, safety and community welfare.
Architecture 2030 ZERO Code Advanced Codes, Standards and Programs Link Architecture 2030 Buildings constructed to the Zero Energy Commercial Building Provisions will produce fewer carbon emissions than conventionally powered buildings that place an additional electric load on the grid. See also IECC 2021 Appendix CC.
ASHRAE 90.2 Advanced Codes, Standards and Programs Link ASHRAE This standard results in homes approximately 50% more efficient than the 2006 IECC baseline and is in line with net zero ready levels of efficiency. It uses a performance based HERS like program which is already familiar to many code officials and home raters.
British Columbia BC Energy Step Code Advanced Codes, Standards and Programs Link Integral Group, others Thermal energy demand intensity targets, Total EUI targets, air tightness targets, designed as a step code out to their goal of all new construction being zero carbon by 2032. They have also created a smart incentive program tied to the various steps in order to drive market transformation.
New Buildings Institute Stretch Codes Advanced Codes, Standards and Programs Link NBI 20% and 40% stretch codes for commercial buildings (based on 2015 IECC)
Rhode Island Residential Stretch Code Advanced Codes, Standards and Programs Link State of Rhode Island Includes compliance with DOE Zero Energy Ready Home certification
Washington DC proposed 2019 energy codes Advanced Codes, Standards and Programs Link DC city government (DCRA, DOEE, Private staleholders) DC energy codes targeting net-zero energy for new com
buildings and 50% energy use reduction of existing buildings by 2032
Canada Zero Carbon Building Standard Advanced Codes, Standards and Programs Link Canada Green Building Council/Integral Group, others TEDI targets, Reporting requirements for EUI, peak demand, and embodied carbon.
Seattle Energy Code - 2015 Advanced Codes, Standards and Programs Link ICC / City of Seattle (click on "read the code")
Highlights include: high-performance heating rules, mandatory air barrier testing, DOAS required for major occupancies, controlled electrical outlets, metering and sub-metering, renewable energy and solar readiness requirements, substantial alterations provisions, commissioning
WA DC Building Energy Performance Standard Advanced Codes, Standards and Programs Link DC city government (BEPS, building energy performance standard) for existing buildings, every 5 years the energy use/sf, EUI, target is lowered, based on peer buildings in DC, requiring stepped increaed efficiency over time. Also, law over time, reduces the size of buildings required to comply. Different from NYC's requiremnt, in that they do not give exemptions, as of yet.
Cambridge Stretch Energy Code High-Performance Design Link City of Cambridge Large commercial energy use = 10% below current Massachusetts state code (site or source energy basis) with alternate stretch requirements for residential and smaller commercial as well.
Labs 21 High-Performance Design Link EPA/DOE Strategies for significant reductions in laboratory energy use
Targeting 100 High-Performance Design Link University of Washington Integrated Design Lab Strategies for design of hospitals at or below site EUI of 100 - now in use in multiple projects
Seattle building tune-up program Existing building efficiency regulation Link City of Seattle Requires buildings to do a thorough audit of energy systems every five years, and fix all the easy and obvious stuff. Or else prove that the building is getting similar attention through some other program.
Danish Energy Code Denmark's very progressive code Link Danish government Very straightforward performance-based building energy code.
2019 California Energy Code Code text and supporting documents Link California Energy Commission title 24 california energy code 2019
City of Fort Collins Link Fort Collins Good compliance steps to reaching EE buildings
Tucson Pima County Zero Energy Standard Advanced Codes, Standards and Programs Link Pima County Arizona Developed in 2007 time period. Voluntary (intent before great recession was to be mandatory). Has prescriptive and performance residential and commercial sections.
NYC green roof or PV requirement LL92 of 2019 Advanced Codes, Standards and Programs Link NYC Roofs of certain buildings be partially covered in green roof or solar photovoltaic electricity generating systems (for buildings of five stories of less).
NYC Green roof or PV for roof replacement LL94 of 2019 Advanced Codes, Standards and Programs Link NYC green roofs or solar photovoltaic electricity generating systems required for roof replacement projects
LL96 of 2019 Finance Link NYC Establishes PACE program for NYC
LL97 of 2019 Policy Link NYC Commitment to achieve certain reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Establishes an "office of building energy and emissions performance"
Oregon Zero Energy Ready executive order Policy Link Good model policy to set the goal, but unclear how enforceable it is
Danish climate roadmap Policy Link PV Magazine Caution: I think envy is one of the seven deadly sins
Vision Zero Home - Case Study Case study - Residential Link GreenBuilder Media Dow and Cobblestone Homes teamed up to build this first net zero home in Midland, MI (CZ5). YouTube video is available
InVision Zero Home - Case Study Case study - Residential Link Fine Home Building Dow and Cobblestone Homes teamed up to build a 2nd more "affordable" net zero home in Midland, MI (CZ5). YouTube video is available
EcoVillage ZE Ready Community Case Study - Residential Link DOE Zero energy homes built less expensively than traditional homes; pre-renewables HERS score of 38
ASHRAE ZE for small office Buildings Design Guide Link ASHRAE
NYStretch Energy Code Advanced Codes, Standards and Programs Link New York State A statewide model code for New York jurisdictions to use to meet their energy and climate goals
Green Inspections Process Manuals, Checklists, and Forms Link DCRA Inspection tools
ASHRAE ZE for small office Buildings Design Guide Link ASHRAE To promote building energy efficiency, ASHRAE and its partners are making the Advanced Energy Design Guides available for free download (PDF). The zero energy Guides offer designers and contractors the tools needed for achieving zero energy buildings. The 50% Guides offer designers and contractors the tools needed for achieving a 50% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1-2004, and the 30% Guides offer a 30% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum energy requirements of Standard 90.1-1999.
Implementing Building Performance Standards: Consistency is Key Performance Codes Link NBI This article is a primer on the benefits and use of builing performance standards.
Building Tune-ups Existing Buildings Link Seattle Seattle has enacted a “Building Tune-Up Ordinance” that requires a thorough assessment of a building’s energy-consuming systems every five years, and correction of a list of deficiencies. Such rules ensure that existing buildings are operating close to their optimum
Catalogue of benchmarking tools for existing buildings Benchmarking Link IMT Benchmarking and reporting ordinances are another example of energy conservation policies that are not included in an energy code.
Model Advanced Code Advanced Energy Codes Link NBI A set of efficiency provisions that would result in buildings that use 20% less energy than buildings constructed to the 2013 ASHRAE 90.1 standard.

Embodied Carbon Policies and Resources

Name/Title of Resource Topic Link Organization Notes
2016 Basics for the Assessment of Embodied Energy and Embodied
GHG Emissions for Building Construction:
Guideline for Designers and Consultants – Part 1
Guideline for Designers and Consultants Link IEA (internation Energy Agency) "In the area of sustainability assessment a transition from
predominantly qualitative to predominantly quantitative
methods is present. In addition, methods of life cycle
assessment are increasingly used to describe, evaluate and
influence in a targeted manner the use of resources and the
adverse effects on the environment. These methods are no
longer used only at the end of the design process but also
during the early design stages to assist in the evaluation,
optimization and comparison of different design alternatives.
The embodied impacts are important and indispensable
aspects of this process."

"The quantification of embodied impacts, however,
is a task that can be easily integrated into the design process and
combined with traditional design tasks. Doing so is not as
complicated as it may seem. In practice, the design professional or
consultant is not required to perform an LCA for a complete building
manually, but to apply the results of LCAs for construction products
and building services from other sources, e.g. available in databases.
Namely, it is sufficient for a designer to quantify the building products
and materials to be used for the building (this is a common design
task) and to link the determined material quantities with values from
databases or to use tools with integrated databases. This provides information on embodied impacts that need to be interpreted and can
serve as a basis for the improvement/ development of building
designs. At the same time, the processing of such questions
contributes to the competitiveness of the design professionals and
consultants and becomes a source of additional revenue."

part-2 has many case study data that is helpful
2016 Basics for the Assessment of Embodied Energy and Embodied
GHG Emissions for Building Construction:
Guideline for Designers and Consultants – Part 2
Guideline for Designers and Consultants Link IEA (internation Energy Agency) "In the area of sustainability assessment a transition from
predominantly qualitative to predominantly quantitative
methods is present. In addition, methods of life cycle
assessment are increasingly used to describe, evaluate and
influence in a targeted manner the use of resources and the
adverse effects on the environment. These methods are no
longer used only at the end of the design process but also
during the early design stages to assist in the evaluation,
optimization and comparison of different design alternatives.
The embodied impacts are important and indispensable
aspects of this process."

"The quantification of embodied impacts, however,
is a task that can be easily integrated into the design process and
combined with traditional design tasks. Doing so is not as
complicated as it may seem. In practice, the design professional or
consultant is not required to perform an LCA for a complete building
manually, but to apply the results of LCAs for construction products
and building services from other sources, e.g. available in databases.
Namely, it is sufficient for a designer to quantify the building products
and materials to be used for the building (this is a common design
task) and to link the determined material quantities with values from
databases or to use tools with integrated databases. This provides information on embodied impacts that need to be interpreted and can
serve as a basis for the improvement/ development of building
designs. At the same time, the processing of such questions
contributes to the competitiveness of the design professionals and
consultants and becomes a source of additional revenue."

part-2 has many case study data that is helpful
The Magic of End-of-life Refrigerant Management Better Disposal of HFC Refrigerants Would Greatly Reduce GHG Emissions Refrigerants Link EESI(envirnmental and energy stufy institute) Overview of current regulation and importance of low embodied/potentail carbon refrigerants
The Kigali Amendment to the montreal protocol: HFC phase-down factsheet Refrigerants Link UNEP A quick overview of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal protocol.
City Policy Framework for Dramatically Reducing Embodied Carbon Policy Link Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, Architecture 2030, Bionova This framework provides guidance for cities considering policies that can deliver the highest impact within their geopolitical contexts and regulatory systems. Over 50 existing policies from leading cities have been evaluated, categorized, and scored according to their potential, cost efficiency, ease of implementation, and enforceability.
Climate Emergy Task Group End of Year Report Policy Link Institution of Structural Engineers The report presents an overview of the group’s work in 2020. It also sets out their ambitions for 2021.
Embodied Carbon: The Blindspot of the Buildings Industry Introduction Link Canadian Architects An article making the case for reducing embodied carbon.
Commitment to Net Zero Design Link Structural Engineering Institute
Vancouver Climate Emergency Action Plan (appendix K) Policy Link City of Vancouver Vancouver is already requiring LCA for rezoning projects and requiring disclosure but no requirement initially. Now requiring reductions. Rezoning is about half of Van new construction. What is rezoning eventually becomes code.
10 steps to reduce embodied carbon Design, Policy Link AIA The mission of the SE 2050 Commitment is to support the SE 2050 Challenge and transform the practice of structural engineering in a way that is holistic, firm-wide, project based, and data-driven.
Inventory of Carbon and Energy Database Link Irish Green Building Council You can down load the Inventory of Energy and Carbon at this location. The Inventory of Carbon and Energy (also know as the ICE database) is a free database for building materials.
Impact Estimator for Buildings Calculator Link Athena Sustainable Materials Institute n North America, the Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings is the only free software tool that is designed to evaluate whole buildings and assemblies based on internationally recognized life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology.
Tally Calculator Link KT Innovations Tally® is an Autodesk® Revit® application that allows architects and engineers to quantify the environmental impact of building materials for whole building analysis as well as comparative analyses of design options.
Building Life Cycle Assessment Calculator Link One Click LCA Software that integrates with BIM and BEM to perform Life Cycle Assessment
Low-Carbon Concrete Code Standards Policy Link County of Marin The County of Marin has developed practical requirements for the composition of concrete that maintains adequate strength and durability for the intended application and at the same time reduces greenhouse gas emissions. This code includes pathways for compliance with either reduced cement levels or lower-emission supplementary cementitious materials
LEED V4 Certification Program Design Link USGBC LEED certification provides independent verification of a building or neighborhood's green features, allowing for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy, cost-effective buildings.
Living Building Challenge Certification Program Design Link International Livng Future Institute The Living Building Challenge is a green building certification program and sustainable design framework that visualizes the ideal for the built environment.

Grid Modernization and Connectivity/Electric Vehicles/Energy Storage

Name/Title of Resource Topic Link Organization Notes
ET Biannual State Regulatory Update EV Link EEI Recent developments in Electric Transportation
Community Readiness Guidebook EV Link California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative California Fuel Cell Partnership Guide for local communities adopting zero-emission vehicle policy
NREL-Electric Vehicle Grid Integration EV Grid Integration Link NREL Research and Development
The Gridoptimal Buildings Initiative Grid Modernization - Buildings Link New Buildings Institute U.S. Green Building Council The GridOptimal™ Buildings Initiative. Metrics by which building features and operating characteristics that support more effective grid operation can be measured and quantified. This supports the least-cost decarbonization of the grid through better integration of both distributed energy resources (DER) and utility-scale wind and solar energy.
Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings Grid Moderization Buildings Link DOE Technical reports and core concepts of Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings
Resource Library Grid Mod / DER in general Link Clean Energy States Alliance Resource Library
Mandalay Homes (Arizona) Case Study - Residential Link Mandaly Homes Homebuilders promotional case study
2021 IECC Appendix CB Solar-Ready Zone Commercial Model Code Language Link IECC Appendix CB can be adopted to enourage or require preparing commercial buildings for the future installation of solar energy equipment, piping and wiring.
2021 IECC Appendix RB Solar-Ready Provisions - Detached one- and two- family dwellings and townhouses Model Code Language Link IECC Appendix RB can be adopted to encourage or require providing pathways for connections and requiring adequate structural capacity of roof systems to support the systems.
Solar with Justice: Strategies for Powering Up Under-Resourced Communities and Growing an Inclusive Solar Market Solar Link Clean Energy States Alliance The recommendations in the report set a path forward for increasing solar deployments that result in significant economic, equity, and environmental improvements.
2020 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards: Case Studies of Award-Winning Programs that Are Accelerating the Clean Energy Transition Case Study Link Clean Energy States Alliance Case studies of six programs that have accelerated the adoption of clean energy technologies and expanded clean energy markets.
Types of Energy Storage Energy Storage Link NYSERDA A primer on energy storage
IEEE 1547 Standard for Interconnection and Interoperability of Distributed Energy Resources. Interconnectivity and Interoperability Link Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers The IEEE 1547 standard provides the criteria and requirements for the interconnection and interoperability of DER into the power grid.
IEEE 1547 and 2030Standards for Distributed Energy Resources Interconnection and Interoperability with the Electricity Grid Interconnectivity and Interoperability Link NREL A short history of the development, the current status and the future direction of IEEE 1547
GridOptimalTM Buildings Initiative Interconnectivity Link NBI provides a metrics by which “building features and operating characteristics that support more effective grid operation can be measured and quantified
Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings Interconnectivity Link DOE This report addresses how flexible building loads can be integrated and controlled to benefit consumers, the electric grid, and society more broadly.