Who should be reviewing the permit application for a residential energy storage system?
Permit applications are on the rise for residential energy storage systems in jurisdictions across the country. In some cases, building departments are seeing these systems for the first time. The permitting and inspection of an energy storage system extends beyond just the National Electrical Code® (NEC). The permit application should be reviewed by the wiring...
Can an electric vehicle (EV) power my house? Is it happening now?
Given the increased frequency of natural disasters, many have wondered about temporary ways to power their home while waiting for utility grid power to be restored. Some car manufacturers describe this capability. A little background: Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) is the broader term used to describe the storage of energy within an EV and its ability to supply power...
Where can an energy storage system be located in a building?
With the prevalence of energy storage systems (ESS), particularly battery energy storage systems (BESS), this question is asked by authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) across the country. For one-two family dwelling units, BESS are permitted for installation in detached garages/accessory structures, attached garages separated from the dwelling in accordance with International Residential Code® IRC® R302.6 (occupancy...
What basics should I consider when reviewing a permit plan application for a solar PV system?
To verify a permit plan application for a residential rooftop solar PV system, the submitted plan must include at a minimum: Learn More This downloadable job-aid provides a basic checklist of items that should be considered when reviewing a permit plan application for a solar PV system.
What clean energy technologies are we likely to see on buildings as a result of so much federal funding on the way?
As demand increases for efficient, resilient, and durable buildings, construction materials and technologies are rapidly evolving. There are multiple clean energy technologies that we will begin to see more widely on buildings as a result of the growing clean energy industry and federal funding. Learn More This five-minute video provides an introduction to grid-interactive efficient...
How safe is charging an electric vehicle (EV)?
With more than 25 million electric vehicles expected to be on U.S. roads by 2020, questions about charging are common. EV charging is completely safe when the installation is in conformance with the relevant installation codes, U.S. product safety standards, and manufacturer’s installation instructions. Learn More