Government Awards $90 Million to Support Building Energy Codes

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will distribute $90 million in awards to states and organizations to help implement updated energy codes in buildings. Officials say the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funds the move and will support 27 projects across 26 states and Washington, D.C., to ensure buildings meet the latest standards in energy efficiency.

Energy codes establish minimum standards for energy efficiency in new and renovated buildings and help ensure they are healthier, safer and more resilient.

The selected projects include a focus on building performance standards for retrofits, the establishment of a National Energy Codes Collaborative, the creation of regional building performance standards for building energy efficiency programs in small and rural communities, and the development of a comprehensive plan to support the adoption, implementation and compliance of updated stretch building energy codes.

FGIA Updates Evaluation of Human Impacts of Window Systems

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a specification providing a standard laboratory procedure for evaluating simulated human impacts on window systems intended for installation in behavioral care hospitals and facilities. The standard, AAMA 501.8-23, Standard Test Method for Determination of Resistance to Human Impact of Window Systems Intended for Use in Behavioral Care Applications, was last updated in 2014. The test method helps determine whether window systems in behavioral care facilities perform at or above minimum acceptable levels
when sustaining human impact from the interior, restricting patient passage to unauthorized areas, confining patients, reducing the opportunity for self-harm and delaying escape attempts.

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