The adoption of model codes presents a significant opportunity to save energy in residential and commercial buildings. The U.S. does not have a national energy code or standard, so energy codes are adopted at the state and local levels of government. Through the Building Energy Codes Program (BECP), DOE provides technical assistance to state and local governments to help facilitate the adoption process. This support also includes tracking state adoption status, coordinating activities among stakeholders, and technical analysis.
For more information on the DOE role in the adoption of building energy codes, visit the About section of this website.
Energy code adoption processes vary, depending upon how the code is adopted and implemented at statewide or local levels.
Status of State Energy Codes
Overview of current energy code adoption status for U.S. states and territories.
For state energy offices and policymakers, as well as designers, builders, code officials, or anyone involved in the compliance process.
- State Assistance—various types are available, including the formation of adoption plans, economic analysis, cost impacts and analysis
- The Resource Center offers a variety of information, including code notes, resource guides, frequently asked questions, publications, and model adoption policies
- Submit a question to our help desk.
- Regional energy efficiency organizations (REEO) work directly with the states as the lead organizations for adoption.
- Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) supports state adoption and assistance.
- Model policies - Sample ordinances to assist in the implementation of successful commercial and residential efficiency policies.
- Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDG)
- Responsible Energy Codes Alliance (RECA)
- National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)