Buildings focus areas:

The NASEO Buildings group convenes the State and Territory Energy Offices and NASEO Affiliate members for discussions and best practice exchange on energy use in the built environment. Key committee priorities include building energy codes, Energy Service Performance Contracting, ENERGY STAR for Buildings (especially schools), and Home Energy Labeling.

Kaci Radcliffe, Co-Chair
Energy Analyst
Oregon Department of Energy

Alex Pollard

Alexander Pollard, Co-Chair
Energy Efficiency Commercial Programs Manager Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Chris Baker, Affiliates Co-Chair
The Weidt Group



ENERGY STAR Infographics


EMPRESS Project Final Report 
Author(s): EMPRESS Team
The following report is the result of a two-year effort by the EMPRESS Team to 1. More closely align the two dominant national home performance rating systems – Home Energy Rating System (HERS) and Home Energy Score (HEScore) – so that ratings and performance data are comparable and translatable; and 2. Develop and promote policies and programs that support voluntary, harmonized home energy labeling.

Minnesota Combined Heat and Power: Action Plan Case Study
May 2016
Author(s): NASEO
The state of Minnesota developed a CHP Action Plan, finalized late in 2015, that built on earlier steps to explore combined heat and power (CHP) and broader energy efficiency opportunities under existing energy efficiency policies, including its utility-focused Conservation Improvement Program (CIP). These early steps included several studies of CHP potential and impediments in Minnesota. These activities showed the state’s serious consideration of CHP, placing it in a good position to win a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) State Energy Program (SEP) award that allowed it to engage in an inclusive stakeholder process and perform additional studies resulting a more thorough CHP Action Plan.

Resiliency through Energy Efficiency
Disaster Mitigation and Residential Rebuilding Strategies for and by State Energy Offices
April 2015 - 1.37MB PDF - Posted: 4/7/2015
Author(s): NASEO
Given the many priorities state and local governments and residents face following a disaster, integrating energy efficiency and resiliency into residential rebuilding can be a challenge. Fortunately, research into state experience with energy-efficient and resilient rebuilding in the residential sector has revealed several key strategies that other state and local communities can employ to mitigate the impacts of a natural disaster and plan for coordinated and effective disaster recovery. This report focuses on the experiences of State and Territory Energy Offices as leaders and key players in the rebuilding process.

Building Performance: Design through Operations: Setting the Framework for Energy Data and Design Continuity in High Performance Buildings
July 2014 - 1.14MB PDF - Posted: 7/21/2014
Author(s): Alexi Miller and Cathy Higgins, New Buildings Institute
Building performance monitoring has become commonplace as states and cities have enacted energy monitoring, benchmarking, and disclosure laws, and measured performance data is now available in a variety of formats on various platforms. Nevertheless, systems available in the market today that capture data on a real-time basis often do not present the data in terms of performance indicators that are readily understood and accessed by building managers and occupants. This report examines various sources of building performance data, identifies Key Performance Indicators that support the analysis of building performance data, and discusses how to establish a feedback loop among designers, managers, and tenants.

Residential Energy Labeling: Strategies for Scalability
March 2014 - 0.87MB PDF - Posted: 3/21/2014
Author: Chris Wagner, Program Manager, NASEO
This report documents recent trends in residential energy labeling and includes updates from 10 states and other national organizations regarding their residential energy labeling policies and programs.  Additionally, the report describes ongoing priorities and challenges related to residential energy labeling based on feedback provided by State Energy Offices and other leaders in this field.  The report describes overall conclusions and identifies several specific issues that are still being worked through.

Multifamily Energy Efficiency: Reported Barriers and Emerging Practices
November 2013 - 0.34MB PDF
Author: Energy Programs Consortium
This report identifies commonly-cited barriers to energy efficiency investments in low-income multifamily housing and discusses current efforts to address them. It highlights strategies for deploying public- and private-sector resources, with the goal of increasing the effectiveness of current and future efforts.

Leveraging State Energy Office-Utility Partnerships to Advance Building Energy Codes
June 2012 - 0.96MB PDF
Author(s): NASEO: Christopher Wagner, Project Manager & Diana Lin, Program Manager
This report provides an overview of existing State Energy Office-Utility partnerships on building energy codes across the country.  NASEO identified four common approaches that SEOs are taking to partner with utilities, including training programs and stakeholder engagement processes.  The report also offers several cross-cutting lessons that can help inform SEOs on how to engage with utilities on building energy code programs.  The report also features case studies on Washington, Iowa, Arizona, and Georgia.

Getting to Zero 2012 Status Update
A First Look at the Costs and Features of Zero Energy Commercial Buildings
March 2012 - 4.39MB PDF
Author(s): New Buildings Institute, with support from NASEO and the Zero Energy Commercial Buildings Consortium
In this report, New Buildings Institute documents the characteristics, features, and costs of 99 zero-energy and zero-energy-capable buildings, as well as emerging projects, in the United States. It finds that the energy efficiency needed to achieve zero-energy levels is readily available, at what are considered reasonable incremental costs for many owners in almost all climate zones.

Next Generation Technologies: Barriers and Recommendations
February 2011 - 0.69MB PDF
Author(s): Zero Energy Commercial Buildings Consortium
This report summarizes the barriers and recommendations from the five technology working groups of the Commercial Buildings Consortium (CBC). It offers actionable recommendations to guide the commercial buildings industry on a pathway to a net-zero-energy commercial buildings sector by 2050. It serves as the technology-focused companion report to the Analysis of Cost and Non-Cost Barriers and Policy Solutions.

Analysis of Cost and Non-Cost Barriers and Policy Solutions for Commercial Buildings
February 2011 - 0.39MB PDF
Author(s): Zero Energy Commercial Buildings Consortium
The companion publication to Next Generation Technologies: Barriers and Recommendations, this report summarizes key barriers and recommendations for net-zero-energy commercial buildings. This analysis covers codes and standards; integrated design and buildings delivery; benchmarking and performance assurance; voluntary programs; finance and valuation; owners and tenants; and workforce development.



Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) Working Group Meeting Meeting Summary - GEB Working Group Handout
February 5, 2019

Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) Working Group Kick-off Webinar Webinar Summary - Recording
January 11, 2019

Conference Call
May 11, 2017

Residential Energy Labeling Roundtable
February 9, 2016

Conference Call
July 1, 2015

Conference Call
August 28, 2013

Multifamily Taskforce Meeting - Raleigh, NC - Summary
August 22, 2013

Conference Call
June 13, 2013

Conference Call - Summary
April 25, 2013

Committee Meeting - Energy Outlook Conference - Washington, DC- Summary
February 6, 2013

Conference Call - Summary
November 13, 2012

Conference Call - Summary
September 10, 2012

Conference Call - Summary
July 17, 2012

Conference Call - Summary
January 26, 2012


State and Local Strategies for Increasing Building Energy Code Compliance
December 13, 2012

ENERGY STAR Webinar: How to Build Campaigns to Engage Industry Participation in ENERGY STAR
November 8, 2012

Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
October 16, 2012

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Launching an Energy Efficiency Competition with ENERGY STAR
September 18, 2012

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Part II: Using EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager in Program Implementation
August 7, 2012

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Part I: Benchmarking in EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for State Governments to Support Energy Efficiency Programs
July 19, 2012

Energy Codes Collaborative
April 17, 2012

State Mechanical Insulation Energy Assessment Program
June 28, 2011

Building Energy Codes Webinar
June 14, 2011

Shaping Our Nation's Building Energy Efficiency
July 28, 2010

Insulation as a Critical Component of High Performance Buildings Webinar
May 19, 2010

Building Energy Codes Webinar
February 26, 2010

Energy Codes Training, Compliance and Enforcement Meeting and Webinar
October 27, 2009 - Sheraton Baltimore City Center - Baltimore, MD

NASEO Committee Contacts: Ed Carley