Energy Code Training Presentations

Residential Energy Code Presentations at the 2016 Montana State Building Code Conference

PDF icon Residential Energy Code Overview

PDF icon Beyond Codes

PDF icon REScheck Overview

Narrated Online Montana Energy Code Update
→ Training Sessions

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality funded two online narrated energy code presentations that are accessible from the links below. Each presentation is about two hours in length and highlights key changes to the Montana Energy Code. The 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is the basis of the Montana energy code with some amendments. The code took effect in the state on November 7, 2014 with local jurisdictions having up to 90 days to begin enforcing the new code. The presentations were published in December 2014.

Residential Energy Code Update Session
Commercial Energy Code Update Session

Montana Residential Energy Code
→ Handbook and Checklist

The Montana Residential Energy Code Handbook summarizes key provisions of the Montana Energy Code and discusses the building science principles behind many of those provisions. Key changes in the residential energy code include mandatory building tightness testing and whole house mechanical ventilation. A checklist for the residential provisions is also available from the link below. Development of this handbook was made possible through electric Universal System Benefits funds collected from NorthWestern Energy customers.

PDF icon Montana Residential Energy Code Handbook
PDF icon Montana Residential Energy Code Checklist

2012 IECC Residential: Changes and Building Science

Learn about how the International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC) has changed from the 2009 edition to the 2012 edition. The IECC is the basis of the Montana energy code that will be adopted later this year. The course will explain how the 2012 IECC has been amended for Montana. The course will also explain how building science has informed many of the energy code provisions and changes. With a better understanding of building science as it relates to energy code provisions, code officials, builders, and designers will be more successful in producing energy-efficient, comfortable, and healthy homes. The key residential changes to the 2012 IECC include:

  • More stringent envelope energy efficiency requirements
  • More stringent building tightness and testing requirements
  • More high efficacy lighting
  • Mandatory mechanical ventilation

NCAT is an Education Provider Partner for the International Code Council and an AIA Continuing Education System approved Provider. This training is AIA CES Registered for four health, safety, and welfare learning units, approved for four ICC continuing education credits, and four continuing education credits for MSE.

PDF icon Montana Residential Energy Code Update (7MB)

2012 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1

This presentation compares the provisions of the 2012 IECC Commercial Chapter 4 to the ASHRAE 90.1-2010 standard. Both are acceptable compliance options for commercial and high-rise residential buildings in Montana.

PDF icon IECC vs. ASHRAE 90.1 Compared (6MB)

2012 IECC Commercial: Overview and Changes

The 2012 edition of the IECC expands the code requirements for building systems and equipment over those of the 2009 edition to focus on conservation for the life of the building. A major formatting change was also made in that the residential and commercial provisions were split. The key commercial changes to the 2012 IECC include:

  • Changes regarding lighting, some of which increase the number of options available
  • Several updates regarding fenestration were made that could potentially increase construction costs.
  • A continuous air barrier is required around the thermal building envelope
  • More equipment was added to the tables for mechanical system requirements and values were modified—mostly to be more restrictive, which could increase the costs of construction
  • Mechanical Systems Commissioning and Completion Requirements is a new section

NCAT is an Education Provider Partner for the International Code Council and an AIA Continuing Education System approved Provider. This training is AIA CES Registered for four health, safety, and welfare learning units, approved for four ICC continuing education credits, and four continuing education credits for MSE.

PDF icon 2012 IECC Commercial: Overview and Changes (3MB)

PDF icon MT Energy Code Update: 2012 IECC Commercial: Overview and Changes (1.4MB)

PDF icon MT Energy Code Update 2015: ASHRAE 90.1 – 2010 Overview of Changes (1.5MB)

PDF icon Commercial 2012 IECC vs ASHRAE 90.1 – A Summary Comparison for MT (1.3MB)