Inside EPAct 2005
Trying to navigate around all this shop talk and anagram stuff can be tricky, especially if you aren't
entirely familiar with the whole EPACT 2005 process. Here is a quick glossary of terms you might not
recognize from this site, and EPACT 2005:
EPACT 2005- the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Legislation passed in 2005 by congress allowing large tax
exemptions for buildings compliant with specified energy parameters, and loan guarantees for various
types of energy production. Also responsible for changes made to daylight savings time, notably.
ASHRAE- American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning. It is a government funded
international technical society dedicated to further the science of heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and
refrigerating. It is their guidelines for energy efficiency that we use to determine EPACT 2005 eligibility in
HVAC- Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning system- the system in your home or building that
regulates air temperature and circulates air.
IESNA/IES- Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. Foremost authority on lighting and
industrial lighting sources, energy, and requirement. It is their minimum required light levels that we use to
determine EPACT 2005 compliance (ie, you can't simply turn off the lights and call it compliant)
Building Envelope- all the parts of the building that separate/maintain the atmosphere inside the building
from outside the building. This goes from the ground up and includes everything from windows and
insulation to roofing, structure, and carpeting. Anything used to keep hot/cold air in and cold/hot air out is
considered part of the building envelope.
Better Buildings Initiative- Obama's extension of EPACT 2005 through 2013, and continuing tax
deductions for energy efficient and compliant buildings and structures beyond the scope of EPACT 2005.
ARRA- the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Also known as the Stimulus or Recovery Act of
2009. It's primary objective was to create jobs, and allot specific funds to credit homes and businesses
utilizing energy-efficient practices, and stimulate natural energy-efficiency.
LEED- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Suite of rating systems for the design,
construction, implementation, and operation of high performance & "green" buildings.
Energy Modeling- the process of using computer-based tools to simulate the energy use of a building
throughout an entire year of operation. This process is part of what we do here at ECR, and required to
obtain complete EPACT 2005 certification. Models are used to assess the energy use a building, and
calculate the cost/savings based on energy-efficient implements.
IRLP- Interim Rules for Lighting Projects. Not to be confused with Internet Radio Linking Project, which
shares the same anagram.
CBTD- Commercial Building Tax Deduction
LPD- Lighting Power Density. It means Watts per square foot.
Of course, if you have any questions, you can always contact us. We respond!