BSUG September 21st - Energy Codes in Idaho (Panel Discussion)

Upcoming BSUG

Energy Codes in Idaho

Target Audience:

Engineers, Architects, & Simulationists


Date and Time:

September 21st, 2022 – Noon to 1:00 p.m. MT




The Creative Space

121 E. 34th Street, Garden City, ID 83714




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The energy code and it’s value to Idahoans is under great discussion and debate in recent months as the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses has brought all codes under full review in response to the Governor’s Executive Order for Zero-Based Rulemaking. As rule makers engage with the public through these discussions, questions arise about what value an energy code, or specific sections therein, bring to a state like Idaho and it’s local communities. The discussion will be moderated by Dan Russell, PE.

  • Do the measures captured in the energy code actually save building owners money?
  • Are the measures cost-effective?
  • Do energy code measures offer any life safety, health or environmental quality benefits?
  • Are energy code measures enforceable?
  • Does the energy code pose an undue burden on those financing building construction?
  • Does the energy code benefit any stakeholders in a uniquely positive way?
  • How does the energy code or lack of one impact the local electric utility demand and associated payer rates?
  • Can the energy code be feasibly diced up into sections or individual measures such that there is a middle ground between retaining the full energy code and eliminating it all together?
  • If so, what specific measures are best candidates for meeting this middle ground?
  • Many of these questions and possibly questions you have will be discussed by this industry panel. We believe this is an extremely timely topic for our Society, our Chapter and our Idaho community. Please register today to join us and we encourage you to submit 1 or 2 questions during the registration process that you would like to be considered for inclusion in the question set for the panel.


    Michael Hyde, DOPL

    Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Board Executive Officer

    Chad Schwendiman, City of Boise

    Mechanical Inspection Supervisor at the City of Boise

    Mike Jones, SEED Idaho

    Having started his career testing energy efficiency and demand response technologies for the largest electric utility in the United States, Michael is passionate about energy. To gain perspective outside of the utility and DSM platform, Michael joined SEEDTahoe in 2008 and was tasked with finalizing the energy modeling requirements, LEED consulting and assisting with the commissioning effort at UNR's Athletic Academic Center, a now LEED Silver certified building. After a handful of completed projects, Michael went to work for an energy services company based out of San Francisco, CA where he assisted on a unique USAID case study in the middle east, specifically in Jordan. Having LEED based experience he helped the Lebanese developer pre-certify his building located in the Abdali Master development while evaluating the applicability of the USGBC's rating system in Jordan.

    Damon Woods, Integrated Design Lab

    Dr. Woods is a licensed mechanical engineer who started working at the IDL as a graduate student back in 2013. His dissertation used energy models paired with weather forecasts to predict how a radiant slab should be managed to maximize occupant comfort. His current research focus is on the integration of surface temperatures into building energy management systems. Dr. Woods has taught courses in advanced thermodynamics and energy modeling. In the office, he spends his time working on energy models and estimating savings from energy upgrades; out of the office he is usually fly fishing or gardening. Dr. Woods earned his B.S. from Montana State University, his M.S. from Boise State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Idaho.

    Bob Tikker, Tikker Engineering

    In August 2003, Bob established the firm Tikker Engineering, Incorporated with the vision to be recognized throughout the architectural and construction communities as the outstanding mechanical engineering firm within the Treasure Valley. Over the past 30 years Bob has developed a working relationship with architects, owners, contractors, equipment suppliers and code officials. Throughout his experiences, Bob has gained an excellent knowledge of building codes and design requirements for the design of HVAC, Plumbing and Fire Protection Systems. Bob also takes pride in providing excellence in all aspects of service to his clients.