Workshops on Building Codes and Energy Use

Workshops on Building Codes and Energy Use

NCAT will host two virtual workshops about building codes and energy use in residential and commercial applications. These half-day sessions are designed for architects, designers, builders, contractors, and building officials and inspectors.

The first workshop, Residential Building Session: Residential Plan Review and the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), takes place on Wednesday, August 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dale Horton, AIA, will discuss how to conduct a residential plan review. Montana is expected to adopt the 2018 IECC, with amendments, in the latter half of 2020. This presentation will review the major changes in the 2018 IECC compared to the current code with an emphasis on conducting plan reviews. The presentation covers permit submittal requirements and plan review procedures and checklists. Changes to building tightness testing and duct tightness testing procedures will be highlighted.

The second workshop is Commercial Building Session: Innovative Energy Efficiency Technologies and the Energy Code and will take place on Thursday, August 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jaya Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D., LEED AP, is the presenter.

The half-day course will offer results of research conducted by the Integrated Design Lab at Montana State University. Dr. Mukhopadhyay will identify the leading energy efficiency strategies adopted by Montana design professionals for buildings across the state. The project and technology descriptions will emphasize the energy code requirements and challenges of applying the energy code provisions to these technologies. The technologies that will be discussed include dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS), luminaire light level controls (LLLC), and ground source heat pumps (GSHP).

Participants in each training will earn the same continuing education credits through the Montana Department of Labor and Industry as originally offered to participants who would have attended the Montana Department of Labor and Industry’s cancelled Montana Building Education Conference as these are substantially the same sessions. Participants will be instructed on how to receive their certificates at the end of each session.

The courses are free and registration is required.

To register for the residential building session, visit

To register for the commercial building session, visit

For more information, contact NCAT’s Deputy Director, Carl Little, at

About the Trainers:

Dr. Mukhopadhyay is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture at Montana State University. Her research  interests include net-zero energy buildings, building energy simulation, daylighting, energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings, passive solar building systems, operation and maintenance of high performance buildings, and indoor environmental quality. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in architecture from Texas A&M University.

Dale Horton, AIA, is the former Energy Services Program Manager for NCAT. As an architect and energy consultant, Dale’s experience has focused on integrating architecture and energy engineering to develop solutions that improve energy efficiency, comfort, and productivity in residential and commercial facilities. Prior to joining NCAT, he owned a small consulting firm offering architecture, energy, and utility-management services. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and a Master of Science degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana. He works with residential and commercial energy-efficiency programs by developing publications and conducting various types of training.

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