National Model Energy Code for Buildings
March 6, 2017
The recently enacted update to the National Model Energy Code for Buildings includes significant insulation requirements for subfloor radiant heating.
Since the code became active on November 1, many members have seen a significant impact on the demand for hydronic heating installations, especially in the province of Alberta. As a result, the Canadian Hydronics Council is actively seeking to facilitate a change to the insulation requirements which are making energy efficient hydronic heating systems, look noncompetitive with alternatives, in terms of initial investment costs.
As no code or standard should significantly affect competition, the Council is building its case for an amendment so that hydronics can compete based on its technical merits.
To assist in showing the effect of this new policy the Council is asking members to share information indicating this negative impact in the marketplace. Indicators could be measurable changes in the demand for hydronic design services or hydronic equipment sales.
To make the best possible case we need to look beyond the anecdotal so all information shared should be properly benchmarked to demonstrate how the code is creating an advantage for alternatives.
Kindly submit any relevant information to the Council by contacting Matt Wiesenfeld, Program Manager.
All submissions will be kept strictly confidential.