Achieving Energy Savings and Emission Reductions from Building Energy Codes: A Primer for State Planning

This paper:

  • Briefly describes the role of state and local governments with respect to building energy codes;
  • Provides examples of effective state and local efforts;
  • Estimates potential savings through 2030 from building energy codes for a few example states with high potential;
  • Gives a basic methodology for calculating savings and offers suggestions for how states can make progress in reducing energy use and costs through building energy codes;
  • Highlights efforts the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is undertaking to improve the ability of states to effectively implement building energy codes as well as to estimate and measure the benefits from these codes; and
  • Provides a listing of available tools and resources for state and local governments to derive the greatest benefit from building energy codes.


Publication Date: 
Thursday, April 30, 2015