The climate zone type, based on the organization defining it. Many different organizations have implemented different climate zone definitions based on their needs. The list below represents the current list. This list can be added to over time based on the collaborative BEDES development process.
Climate Zone Type
|List Options||Option Definition||Unit of Measure||Source|
|ASHRAE||Climate zone map published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).||N/A|
|Building America||A simplified version of the IECC climate zone map, developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to be used for the Building America program.||N/A|
|California Title 24||Climate zone map published by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to be used to show compliance with the Title 24 building energy efficiency standards.||N/A|
|CBECS||Climate zone map based on climate divisions developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Each NOAA climate division is placed into one of the five CBECS climate zones based on its 30-year average heating degree-days (HDD) and cooling degree-days (CDD).||N/A|
|DOE||A simplified version of the IECC climate zone map, developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to be used for the Building America program.||N/A|
|ENERGY STAR||Climate zone map published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the ENERGY STAR programs.||N/A|
|IECC||Climate zone map for the United States published in the International Energy Conservation Code.||N/A|
CSV or XML files containing information such as definition, unique ID, and URL for each BEDES Term or List Option can be downloaded by clicking the appropriate orange button. The downloaded file can then be processed offline. Note that the XML documents are simply a "flat file" of terms, not a structured schema.