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Codes and Standards

Proficiency Level 1: Remember

Define building codes and list professionals who apply building codes.

Define an industry standard, give an example of an industry standard, and explain how a building standard is different from a building code.

Proficiency Level 2: Understand

Explain the purpose of building codes and list at least five building professions who apply codes in their work.  

Define a model code and list five examples of model codes.

Identify key elements of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) related to building science

Proficiency Level 3: Apply

Demonstrate an understanding of how a model code is developed and adopted, using a model energy code as an example.

Demonstrate your understanding of how an industry standard is developed, using an energy standard as an example.

Proficiency Level 4: Analyze

Distinguish how model code adoption by legislation, regulation, and a local government are different by using the model energy code as an example.

For a residential building analyze five specific model codes (for your climate zone and local area) with corresponding ENERGY STAR requirements for the same building measures.

Proficiency Level 1: Remember

Proficiency Level 2: Understand

Proficiency Level 3: Apply

Proficiency Level 4: Analyze

Proficiency Level 1: Remember

Proficiency Level 2: Understand

Proficiency Level 3: Apply

Proficiency Level 4: Analyze