|For Immediate Release|
October 18, 2016
|Contact: Trey Hughes|
1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 5237
ICC, IMT Recognize Excellence in Energy Efficiency
Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, City of Chula Vista, Calif., and Industry Expert Win Awards
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently found that strong energy codes could save homeowners, building owners, and tenants over $100 billion on energy bills over the next 25 years. Recognizing this massive potential, the International Code Council (ICC) and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) are pleased to announce the 2016 winners for the Standard Bearers Awards for Excellence in Energy Code Compliance.
The awards honor states, cities, towns, and individuals who go above and beyond to raise compliance with building energy codes—and by doing so, help unlock billions in savings and improve the efficiency of America’s new and existing buildings and homes using cost-effective, practical, and innovative strategies.
“Strong building energy codes are on the most effective and affordable tools to guarantee that building and homes save owners money on energy and water bills and provide safe, healthy, and comfortable environments,” said IMT Executive Director Cliff Majersik. “This year, code development, adoption, and implementation are especially important as stakeholders prepare to vote on proposed changes to the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Making our codes progressively smarter and stronger, working to have these codes widely adopted, and increasing compliance in the field is one of the best ways to cut building energy use and tap into the many associated rewards. We applaud this year’s Standard Bearers Award winners for their hard work in this important realm.”
“ICC is proud to recognize our members who are actively working to improve the design and construction of buildings through better energy code compliance,” said International Code Council CEO Dominic Sims, CBO. “These leaders recognize the importance of our codes and standards in ensuring a safe and more sustainable built environment and we are pleased to partner with IMT to applaud their leadership.”
The 2016 Standard Bearers Award winners are:
While the recent DOE analysis examined changes over the coming 25 years, IMT research asserts that savings could begin much sooner: Bringing a year’s worth of new residential and commercial construction up to code in the U.S. could save $189 million in one year—equal to a lifetime savings of up to $37.1 billion for just five years’ worth of new buildings.
This year’s Standard Bearers Awards winners were chosen by a panel of past award winners and code and energy efficiency experts, including representatives of the Building Codes Assistance Project; the City of Des Moines, Iowa; ICC; and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.
About the International Code Council
The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.
About the Institute for Market Transformation
The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization promoting energy efficiency, green building, and environmental protection in the United States and abroad. IMT’s work addresses market failures that inhibit investment in energy efficiency and sustainability in the building sector. For more information, visit imt.org and follow us on Twitter at @IMT_speaks.