IAPMO Director of Special Programs Pete DeMarco will be among the presenters at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Workshop to Identify Strategies to Get to Net Zero Energy Homes on Wednesday, Sept. 14 in Gaithersburg, Md.
The purpose of the one-day workshop is to provide a vision and guidance for what would be necessary to construct a net-zero energy residential building in the United States. DeMarco’s presentation will focus on IAPMO’s Green Plumbing & Mechanical Supplement, which establishes requirements for green building and water efficiency applicable to plumbing, mechanical and solar energy (both hydronic and photovoltaic) systems. The Green Supplement serves as an adjunct to IAPMO’s Uniform Codes or any of the plumbing and mechanical codes listed in the United States.
The U.S. Department of Energy has estimated that by 2035, residential buildings will account for nearly 25 percent of the nation’s primary energy consumption. Additionally, single-family homes are estimated to use 85 percent of the energy consumed by the residential sector.
The workshop will include other speakers from such groups as the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE); the U.S. Department of Energy; the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning (ASHRAE); and the U.S. Green Buildings Council, to name a few.
For more information about the workshop, visit http://www.nist.gov/el/building_environment/netzerowkshp.cfm#energy.