Energy Code Compliance in Wood-Frame Buildings
In terms of meeting energy code requirements, wood-frame buildings are extremely versatile. One of the key regulated areas within any energy code is the building thermal envelope. Due to the unique thermal resistance of wood and the ease of accommodating cavity insulation between wood studs, options exist for wood-frame construction that are not available for other construction types. Mandatory requirements for lighting systems or mechanical systems do not change based on the building construction material; however, wood provides versatility in the building envelope configuration that can allow designers to achieve desired building features more easily.
This paper provides an overview of how to meet energy code requirements with a specific focus on wood-frame buildings and compliance with the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).