Information Technology Industry Advisory Subcommittee (ITIAS)

ACTIVITIES


The ITIAS was formed in 2003 in order to provide a venue for vendors and local government to work together on improving the Building Regulatory Process (BRP) through technology interoperability. Leading vendors and local governments have since collaborated to identify the key areas of the BRP that would benefit from a common technology standard. In early 2004, vendors within the ITIAS began work on the first draft of an interoperability standard with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. That initial ITIAS standard has been tested by leading software vendors and ratified by an Alliance of leading jurisdictions. Further work is being done by the ITIAS and its members to develop and adopt a common standard for the Energy Code that has been developed by the U.S. Department of Energy. Development, testing and a final recommendation will be available for public comment by the fall of 2006.

DOE/PNNL PROJECT: The purpose of this project is to provide a series of recommendations and standards for the software industry that will streamline the Energy Code compliance process. This process spans across the plan review stages all the way through to the final certificate of occupancy. This project is being funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and coordinated through the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Software vendors will have a series of interoperability levels that can be achieved, with both the desktop and online Energy Code tools used by architects and engineers, to capture energy rating reports, building materials/ energy performance specifications, and onsite inspection checklists. Upon the completion and implementation of this interoperability standard, local governments will have an industry standard technology based process that will improve the review and onsite inspections, provide better communication to architects and engineers on the to-be and as-built compliance issues that arise in a project, and a national compliance reporting and database tool to assist in better education, compliance, and enforcement of energy saving policies for those communities participating in the national energy code program.