While the Mid Term Elections may be dominating the news channels, this week a major vote passed that is set to transform how the country’s buildings are made. On Monday, US building officials voted to support the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, which will require buildings in every state to be made 30% more energy-efficient. The IMT states that currently buildings account for 38% of all US emissions — these new building codes stand to significantly drive down that percentage.
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According to the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), the new code will be targeted at current inefficiencies in the construction sector. Building officials also voted to eliminate the weaker Energy Chapter of the International Residential Code, instead replacing it with a single nationwide uniform energy code for residential and commercial buildings.
Although some states, like California, have had energy efficiency requirements in building codes for a long time, most states have little or no requirements for reducing energy use. The International Code, as it stood, did not require weather-tight walls, roofs, windows, or doors on homes. The codes have long been supported by the Obama administration and the Department of Energy, as well as the US Conference of Mayors, the National Association of State Energy Officials, and the broad-based Energy Efficient Codes Coalition.
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Speaking about the agreement, Cliff Majersik, Executive Director of IMT said, “This is a big deal! Most new buildings are built to the code – no better and no worse. These changes to the model energy code will slash pollution from power plants and furnaces while saving Americans billions of dollars in energy bills.”
It will also save homeowners money. Caroline Keicher, Program Associate at IMT explains the everyday benefits, “The average homeowner spends more than $2,000 a year on energy bills, more than what they pay for home insurance or property taxes. These are not theoretical savings. This is real money in the pockets of homeowners and a critical step toward making home ownership more affordable.”
Via Clean Technica