Building codes remain essential to meeting our zero-energy goals both in the United States and around the world. The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) addresses energy efficiency on several fronts including cost savings, reduced energy usage, conservation of natural resources and the impact of energy usage on the environment. In 2021, the U.S. Congress enacted the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) that, following extensive advocacy by the Code Council, includes funding to provide $225 million in funds available towards energy code implementation in the coming years. The Code Council is currently working on tools and resources for our members to navigate these funds and will continue to encourage policy makers to consider the role buildings and building codes play in driving efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Code on a Mission campaign recognizes the important role energy codes play in realizing energy goals. While the adoption process takes time, millions of people are now living in communities that adopted the 2021 IECC and we expect to see many more in 2022.
- Ryan Colker, Vice President Innovation, International Code Council
The continued improvement in the energy efficiency of buildings is a key component for states achieving their climate and energy goals. The Code Council's collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources provides a streamlined, fully integrated base energy code with stretch requirements that allows flexibility for those jurisdictions desiring to achieve greater energy efficiency and savings.
- Mark Johnson, Executive Vice President & Director of Business Development