Building Energy Codes Working Group

The Building Energy Codes Working Group leads the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network's (SEE Action) efforts to increase the adoption of and compliance with building energy codes and standards for new buildings and renovations to existing buildings. The Building Energy Codes Working Group is addressing several key challenges in increasing adoption of codes including:

The priorities of the Building Energy Codes Working Group are outlined in a blueprint, which describes key information and technical needs of states, municipalities, and their partners; and identifies the specific steps that SEE Action can take to address those needs.

Working Group Scope and Goals

The activities of the Building Energy Codes Working Group target both adoption and compliance. The goals include:

Priority Solutions and Actions

Given adoption and compliance takes place on the state and local levels, priority solutions will be developed and implemented on the state and local levels through strategic teaming. The Building Energy Codes Working Group has agreed upon a two-fold approach of:

This approach will need to be custom tailored, as many states currently have different processes (or in some case no processes) for updating building codes and measuring compliance.

Learn more about the Building Energy Codes Working Group's priority solutions and actions.

Impact on Energy Efficiency

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the projected 2020 energy consumption for all residential and commercial buildings is 41.3 quadrillion (quads) British thermal unit. However, meeting the Building Energy Codes Working Group goals would:

Contacts

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