If U.S. jurisdictions adopt new, more restrictive model energy codes and standards, new buildings may end up using 20% to 30% less energy than existing structures. Late last month, members of the International Code Council voted to accept the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code for new residential and commercial buildings. Early this month, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers as well as the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America published ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010. The standard, called Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Buildings, provides minimum requirements for energy-efficient design. If followed, the standard could provide more than
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.