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American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Formula Grants for State Energy Programs and Energy Efficient Communities Darren B. Meyers, PE Technical Director – Energy Programs April 24 th , 2009 Goals for Today’s Talk Inform you of DOE ARRA and EECBG activities

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American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA)Formula Grants for State Energy Programs and Energy Efficient Communities

Darren B. Meyers, PE

Technical Director – Energy Programs

April 24th, 2009


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Goals for Today’s Talk

  • Inform you of DOE ARRA and EECBG activities

  • Inform you of ICC’s ARRA and EECBG response

  • Provide you with an introduction to EECBG application process

    • Where to find information

    • DUNS and CCR registration

    • Suitable projects

  • Answer questions and receive feedback

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  • Scope

  • The code applies to:

    • Residential Buildings

      • One- and Two-family dwellings, Townhomes (not-IRC buildings)

      • Multifamily dwellings three-stories or less in height

    • Commercial Buildings

      • Multifamily dwellings four stories or greater in height

    • Eight global climate zones and three moisture regimes

    • Compliance assessment:

      • Prescriptive (“Meet-or-Beat-it” “Use-it or Lose-it”)

      • Simulated Performance (Energy simulation tools)

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International Energy Conservation Code

  • “The national model energy code of choice” for U.S. cities, counties and states that adopt codes.

  • Continues to emphasize both prescriptive and performance-related provisions for both commercial and residential buildings.

  • Performance criteria for residential and commercial energy efficiency using simulated energy analysis is also addressed.

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International Energy Conservation Code

  • Cited throughout Federal law for national private and public housing initiatives.

  • Basis for federal tax credits for energy efficient homes, standards for federal residential buildings and manufactured housing.

  • Under federally insured EEM programs (FHA and VA) and the conventional mortgage market (Fannie Mae Freddie Mac), properties meeting IECC help borrowers qualify for larger loans.

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“What’s the Big Deal?!”

  • “If the 2006 IECC® was adopted and applied in all 50 states, the country could save up to 6.6 quadrillion BTU’s of energy over the next twenty years, while eliminating more than 100 million metric tons of carbon equivalent emissions.”

    ~ EPA Building Code Fact Sheet

  • “By 2030, DOE estimates that full adoption and implementation of 30% model codes in America's homes and buildings has the potential to save approximately 2.7 Quads of energy per year and to avoid nearly 160 million metric tons of C02 equivalents per year, which could potentially save consumers up to $20 billion in annual energy expenditures.”

    ~ DOE Asst. Secretary EERE, David Rodgers, testimony July 2008

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American Recovery & Reinvestment ActHow does the stimulus bill help?

  • The stimulus bill contains language requiring a plan to adopt the 2009 IECC or better-residential/ 2007 ASHRAE 90.1 or better-commercial.

    • Condition for qualifying for $ 3.1 billion in State Energy Program funds

    • Stimulus also funds EISA Block Grants, which has specific language authorizing grants to develop, implement and adopt and enforce, building codes among others

  • First, let’s look at the IECC related, SEP Grant Program…


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American Recovery & Reinvestment ActHB1 (SB1) “The Stimulus Package”

  • State Energy Program Grants (SEP)

    • Formulaic grant allocations to State Energy Offices

    • Requires plans for active training and enforcement, and

    • Compliance to reach 90% within 8 years (2017)

  • Initial SEP application letters due March 23rd!

    • DOE has rec’d application letters from all SEO’s

  • Best-and-Final applications due May 12th!

  • The ICC and TAMU/ESL are collaborating w.r.t. a multi-state application (AZ, CO, HI, IL, LA, NY, TX)


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ARRA’s 90 Percent Metric

  • Must be measured by a performance-based onsite audit

    • Field-verified IC3

  • Use a statistically-valid sample (population-based)

    • 90% “of buildings sampled” meet or exceed code, or

    • “On average,” buildings sampled were 90% compliant

  • Target Benchmarks

    • 2009 IECC for Residential

    • ASHRAE 90.1-2007 for Commercial

  • 90% compliance must only be demonstrated once

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Target Benchmarks (Continued)

  • Model Energy Codes (state-developed) exceeding 2009 IECC or 90.1-2007?

    • DOE’s own state-by-state analysis will provide this framework (determinations in July)

    • Framework based on 2009 IECC and 90.1-2007

    • States and localities may request similar determinations

    • Must still demonstrate 90% compliance metric

    • Some DOE tools will be applicable, some will not.

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ARRA Questions & Feedback to DOE

  • Questions

  • Feedback

    • www.energycodes.gov/training/compliance-thankyou.stm

    • e-mail: [email protected]

  • Jean Boulin: (202) 586-9870

  • Linda Connell: (509) 375-4353

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Energy Efficiency Community Block Grants (EECBG)

  • Authorized by Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007 and funded by ARRA

    • $2.7 Billion in formulaically-allocated grants

    • $455 Million in competitively-bid grants

  • Eligibility requirements

    • Cities >35,000 pop.

    • Counties >200,000 pop. or one of ten largest in your State

    • Complete listing at: http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/grantalloc.htm


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Make no Mistake.“This is a Jobs Program!”

  • The Act’s purposes are to stimulate the economy and to create and retain jobs.

  • The Act gives preference to activities that can be started and completed expeditiously.

  • The goal, use at least 50 percent of funds for activities that can be initiated not later than June 17, 2009.

  • Special consideration given to job creation, preservation and economic recovery, in an expeditious manner.

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Overall Intent of the EECBG Program

  • Reduce fossil fuel emissions in a manner that is environmentally sustainable and, to the maximum extent practicable, maximizing benefits for local and regional communities;

  • Reduce the total energy use of eligible entities; and

  • Improve energy efficiency in the building sector, the transportation sector, and other appropriate sectors.

  • 12 eligible activities; and others “as approved”

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12 Eligible Activities

  • Development of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy

  • Technical Consultant Services

  • Residential/Commercial Building Energy Audits

  • Financial Incentive Programs (bill financing)

  • Energy Efficiency Retrofits (City hall, police, fire)

  • EE Programs for Buildings and Facilities

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12 Eligible Activities (con’t)

  • Develop/Implement Transportation Programs

    • Flex time and satellite work centers

    • Bike lanes, pathways, HOV lane development

  • Building Codes and Inspections

  • Distributed Technologies (CHP, GSHP, Micro T’s)

  • Material Conservation Programs (recycling)

  • Traffic Signals and Street Lighting

  • Renewable Energy Tech in Government Bldgs.

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Accessing EECBGFunding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

  • You can find it at:

    • http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/ – Search for ref # DE-FOA-0000013

    • http://www.grants.gov/– Click “Apply for Grants”, Click “download a grant application package”, Use CFDA number 81.128.

    • https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/– Click “Search Public Opportunities and Awards”, Under “Search Criteria”, select “Issuing Office” and type in “NETL”, and Click on “Search”, A listing of NETL FOA’s will come up. EECBG FOA is titled “Recovery Act–EECBG Program”.

  • Steps to Apply – Get a DUNS number, Register with CCR, Review FOA Application, Develop your proposal, Submit

  • Deadlines:

    • States - May 26th for SEO-submitted SEP applications

    • Cities and Counties – June 25th


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Thank You!

  • To call in with a

  • question, please dial:

  • 1-877-209-1336

… for your time and the opportunity to visit with you.

Please consider me your resource to the International Code Council, ARRA, EECBG and the IECC.

Darren B. Meyers, PE, CEM, GBE

Technical Director – Energy Programs

Architectural & Engineering Services

Chicago Office

[email protected]

1-888-ICC-SAFE, x4307

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