The US Department of Energy (DOE) is working with 24 states across the country to support the adoption of updated building codes which incorporate increased energy-efficiency requirements. $7 million is being apportioned in grants of $150,000 to $350,000 to assist the states, who have agreed to work with DOE, to "advance adoption, training, and compliance for the updated building codes."
"As part of the Administration’s broad efforts to help families and businesses save money by saving energy, these awards will help states and local communities significantly cut the energy intensity of the nation’s buildings sector, which accounts for more than 40 percent of the energy consumed in the U.S." according to the agency's press release.
Energy efficiency in building codes varies from state to state. Although consensus organizations such as the International Code Council develop new standards on an ongoing schedule, it takes time for individual states to adopt the new codes and put them into law, so most building codes lag behind the most recent standards. Once new codes are adopted, consumers and builders need to be aware of the new requirements, as well as the benefits from following the code. In addition to the support for adoption of the newer codes, the DOE program is also targeting a 90% compliance rate in applying the new codes to new buildings.
The Building Energy Code program has resulted in an estimated $16 billion in savings since the program’s start 20 years ago. It is helping to save money for U.S. consumers, dramatically reduce energy use and carbon pollution, and create jobs as part of America’s clean energy economy.
Investing in energy-efficient buildings will pay back in savings for decades to come. Of course, these energy codes are just the minimum standards, and better buildings should be built with more than the bare requirements of even the most current energy code.
via: EERE News
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