Energy Efficiency and Carbon Reduction
Energy fuels our lives - households, businesses and society in general. Yet, energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions can pose significant challenges to communities, homeowners and renters, and business owners.
- Americans currently spend more than $200 billion annually on energy bills.
- Energy use impacts housing affordability, with low-income households facing a median energy burden three-times that of non-low-income households.
- Globally, buildings and building construction sectors combined are responsible for over one-third of global final energy consumption and nearly 40 percent of total direct and indirect CO2 emissions.
However, there are solutions. Building energy codes contribute to the health, safety and welfare of communities and citizens, reducing energy bills, improving occupant and community health, enhancing resilience and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Homeowners recognize the benefits of investing in energy efficiency. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Americans are willing to invest in long-term energy savings – “Nearly half of home buyers are willing to invest between $1,000 and $9,999 for $1,000 annual savings on their utility bills” according to 2019 survey results.
The International Code Council Family of Companies has resources available to assist jurisdictions, builders, manufacturers, and the public with building energy efficiency ranging from support for adoption and implementation of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to a toolkit for states and communities with advanced energy efficiency and carbon reduction goals.
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Energy Efficiency and Decarbonization Contact Information
Vice President, Innovation
500 New Jersey Avenue, NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20001
+(202) 730-3978 or +(888) 422-7233, ext. 6257