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"Oregon Building Codes Division wins sixth annual Jeffrey A. Johnson Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Building Energy Codes"

Oregon has long been recognized as a national leader in energy efficiency. The Oregon energy code has consistently been one of the strongest in the nation, spearheaded for more than two decades by the Oregon Department of Energy. Two years ago official state support for the energy code moved to the Oregon Building Codes Division, which immediately began to aggressively pursue further improvements to the code. In 2009, a wide range of stakeholders were brought together in the state to create Senate Bill 79, which represents a path to continually improve energy efficiency. Under requirements in Senate Bill 79, the Building Codes Division administered the adoption of a 15% energy efficiency increase in Oregon's mandatory commercial energy code which was completed in 2010 and a 10% gain in the mandatory residential code which was completed in 2011.

"Oregon Building Codes Division wins sixth annual Jeffrey A. Johnson Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Building Energy Codes"

Jeffrey A. Johnson Award

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased to announce the sixth recipient of the Jeffrey A. Johnson Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Building Energy Codes and Performance. The award recognizes a leader or team in the United States for sustained service of the highest caliber in the pursuit of energy efficiency goals.

Eric Makela and Andrea Fogue

Eric Makela, PNNL, with Andrea Fogue, Oregon Building Codes Division

Congratulations to the Oregon Building Codes Division!

The Oregon Building Codes Division was presented the award on July 26, 2011, at Energy Codes 2011.

Oregon has long been recognized as a national leader in energy efficiency. The Oregon energy code has consistently been one of the strongest in the nation, spearheaded for more than two decades by the Oregon Department of Energy. Two years ago official state support for the energy code moved to the Oregon Building Codes Division, which immediately began to aggressively pursue further improvements to the code.

In 2009, a wide range of stakeholders were brought together in the state to create Senate Bill 79, which represents a path to continually improve energy efficiency. Under requirements in Senate Bill 79, the Building Codes Division administered the adoption of a 15% energy efficiency increase in Oregon's mandatory commercial energy code which was completed in 2010 and a 10% gain in the mandatory residential code which was completed in 2011.

Less than a year later, the Oregon Reach code was developed and adopted on July 1, 2011. It provides a 15-20% energy efficiency improvement over Oregon's mandatory commercial energy code. The residential provisions, scheduled for adoption October 1, 2011, are anticipated to provide another 5% improvement over mandatory residential code standards.

What the Nominators and Award Committee had to say about the Oregon Building Codes Division

  • "Oregon has provided state leadership on codes, despite the increased complexity of saving additional energy."
  • "Very innovative, Oregon has effectively moved to the forefront of state energy code development."

The Jeffrey A. Johnson Award was established in 2006 in honor of Jeff Johnson, a leader in Building Energy Codes and Performance, who died in a mountain biking accident on May 15, 2005. Jeff was an enthusiastic, motivated visionary who made significant impacts in the field of building energy codes and performance throughout his career at the California Energy Commission, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and as Executive Director of New Buildings Institute.

Representatives from the US DOE Building Energy Codes Program, the New Buildings Institute, the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), and the past award winner participated in establishing the criteria and selecting the 2011 award recipient.

 
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