The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides a historic opportunity to advance the efficiency and resilience of building energy codes in states and local jurisdictions throughout the United States. As outlined in Section 40511 of the Act, $225M in funding has been appropriated to “eligible entities to enable sustained cost-effective implementation of updated building energy codes” through a competitive grant process over five years (FY22-FY26). Awardees eligible for this funding must include a relevant state agency, and priority will be given to teams that include strategic partnerships, such as a local building code agency, codes and standards developers, associations of builders and design and construction professionals, and many others. Projects must also be tied to an updated building energy code, which includes any amendment or code update resulting in increased energy efficiency as compared to the previously adopted code. The act outlines priority criteria for the funding, including an established need by an eligible entity, the long-term sustainability of measures and savings, the ability to address equity, energy, and environmental justice (EEEJ) and resilience priorities, and others.
Notice of Intent
Released: July 21, 2022
Based on feedback from a formal Request for Information and public workshop, DOE has issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to publish a funding opportunity supporting the implementation of resilient and efficient energy codes, in accordance with Section 40511 of the Infrastructure Law. EERE anticipates that the Building Energy Codes: Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementation Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will include several key areas of interest:
- State and Local Code Adoption
- Workforce Development
- Implementation and Compliance
- Innovative Approaches
- Equity, Energy and Environmental Justice
The full NOI includes a brief description of each area of interest, along with additional details outlining EERE’s intent for the FOA.
Request for Information
Released: April 12, 2022
The U.S. DOE Building Energy Codes Program issued a request for information (RFI) seeking input from stakeholders to inform the implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s $225M in funding for improved building codes. Through the RFI, DOE specifically requested input regarding the solicitation process and structure of a potential Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementation (RECI) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
The information collected will not be published.
Please click here to access the official RFI. Please note that the deadline for public comments has now passed.
RFI Public Workshop
The DOE Building Energy Codes Program hosted a public workshop, April 27, 2022, on the RFI. The intent of this workshop was to complement the RFI and gather additional feedback from the general public on how DOE can most effectively administer funding appropriated through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.