Energy Efficiency Codes and Standards

Cadmus has a wide range of experience and qualifications in the area of energy efficiency building codes and appliance standards. Our staff members have decades of development and adoption, technical research, compliance, and evaluation of codes and standards programs. Their efforts are supported by Cadmus team members who have expertise in disciplines such as engineering, economics, statistics, behavioral analysis, and policy analysis.

In recent years, utilities and other energy efficiency program administrators have designed and implemented programs to advocate for the development and adoption of codes and standards. As the leading firm evaluating these programs, Cadmus has developed a comprehensive protocol for analyzing energy savings, compliance, and attribution to codes and standards program efforts. We have done more codes and standards studies and evaluations than any other consultancy in the United States, and our efforts encompass investigations into compliance rates.

  • We evaluated the California utilities’ multiyear codes and standards program to estimate impacts during the 2006-2008 and 2009-2011 periods.
  • As part of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contracted with Cadmus to provide guidance for program administrators who wanted to advocate for upgrades to building energy-efficiency codes.
  • We are working with Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) to document options for program administrators to pursue such programs and get credit for the resulting energy savings.

We have also worked on the following codes and standards projects:

  • Evaluation of the impacts of training and technical services on code compliance for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
  • Evaluation of the impacts of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Codes and Standards Program
  • Analysis of compliance with the Montana 2010 residential energy code and the residential codes in Idaho and Washington
  • Analysis of compliance with the Iowa residential energy code

In addition to these research efforts, Cadmus staff members have been invited speakers and contributors to conferences and workshops on codes and standards, including a regional workshop sponsored by NEEP and a national webinar sponsored by the Regulatory Assistance Project.