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Impact of Advancements in Model Energy Codes What’s the effect on insulation? by Jared O. Blum Images courtesy PIMA IN RESPONSE TO A NATIONAL INTEREST IN, AND POLICIES FOR, CONSERVATION OF ENERGY, MODEL ENERGY CODES ARE STRIVING TO ADVANCE THE WAY COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL BUILDING ENVELOPES ARE INSULATED. THE EFFECT ON HOW DESIGN PROFESSIONALS SPECIFY MATERIALS FOR THERMAL MANAGEMENT WILL BE SUBSTANTIAL. The International Code Council’s (ICC’s) 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) calls for a 30 percent increase in building energy savings as compared to the 2006 code. This represents the single largest efficiency increase in the history of the model energy code. For walls, a continuous insulation (ci) system is featured as a solution in recent model energy codes because it effectively addresses these challenges. When it comes to commercial roofs, significant savings can 66 the construction specifier | january 2014 CS_January_2014.indd 66 12/16/13 9:17 AM