Last week, the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott signed a new law that reforms the state's law governing energy savings. The new law clearly defines what a building energy rating system is and what it should include for the state. The law defines a building energy rating system as:
For purposes of this part: (3) "Building energy-efficiency rating system" means a whole building energy evaluation system that provides a reliable and scientifically-based analysis of a building's energy consumption or energy features and allows a comparison to similar building types in similar climate zones where applicable. Specifically, the rating system shall use standard calculations, formulas, and scoring methods; be applicable nationally; compare a building to a clearly defined and researched baseline or benchmark; require qualified professionals to conduct the rating or assessment; and provide a labeling and recognition program with specific criteria or levels.
Residential program benchmarks for new construction must be consistent with national building standards. Residential building program benchmarks for existing construction must be consistent with national home energy rating standards.
The building energy-efficiency rating system shall require at least one level of oversight performed by an organized and balanced group of professionals with subject matter expertise in energy efficiency, energy rating, and evaluation methods.
RESNET’s national home energy rating standard incorporates the American National Consensus Standard. With this being the case the RESNET home energy rating standard complies with the new Florida law for the rating of new and existing homes. More information about the new law and how it affects any projects you may be working on can be found here.