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.
The new Energy Efficiency and Carbon Reduction webpage has been launched to meet the broad needs of our membership, whether they are implementing the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) or seeking advanced energy and carbon reduction codes and policies beyond the 2021 IECC. On the website, users will find resources for adoption, compliance and enforcement, a toolkit for advanced energy efficiency, and a searchable database of resources and model policies.
Compliance and enforcement
Compliance and enforcement can be challenging; although there is significant evidence of the value of energy code implementation, studies also show millions of dollars of untapped energy savings in states across the country. New compliance resources are provided on getting started — how to prioritize enforcement efforts, establish plans for compliance, and plan review and inspection tools. Based on a recent study of nationwide FAQs, resources are provided to address common technical challenges. Finally, strategies for impactful training and education are addressed. Search the resource and model policy database to find specific resources.
In states and jurisdictions with advanced carbon reduction goals, full implementation of the IECC is foundational to achieving energy savings and reductions on GHG emissions across the residential and commercial building stock.
Net-zero energy and decarbonization
The Code Council is in the final phases of the development of the Net Zero Energy and Decarbonization toolkit. This is a resource for states, tribes, local jurisdictions and other organizations interested in developing and implementing advanced energy efficiency and carbon reduction goals. The toolkit is the product of a two-and-a-half-year effort by leaders from across the U.S. to address the future of building energy use and carbon reduction. It will be complete in spring of 2021. New information and resources are posted as they become available.
- Keys to Successful Adoption and Implementation Strategies
- Net-zero building energy
- Embodied carbon in buildings
- Existing building challenges — operations & maintenance and post-occupancy energy use reduction
- Distributed energy resources
- Workforce development
We welcome your input and feedback on resources that we can include to support the goals of your community.