Department of Energy Invests $6 Million to Increase Building Energy Code Compliance Rates

The Building Energy Codes Program has awarded $6 million to fund projects that will:

  • Measure current residential energy code compliance rate using a methodology that provides statewide results with 90% reliability.
  • Implement an education, training, and outreach program designed to increase residential building energy code compliance.
  • Measure the post-program residential building energy code compliance rate using the same methodology employed in the pre-program study.

The projects will investigate whether investing in education, training, and outreach programs can produce a significant change in residential building code compliance rates. If these activities do produce significant change, non-government entities, particularly utilities, could be influenced to make substantial investments in similar programs.

These projects will be completed in the following states:

  • Alabama, led by the Institute for Market Transformation
  • Arkansas, led by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • Georgia, led by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • Kentucky, led by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • Maryland, led by the Maryland Energy Administration
  • North Carolina, led by Appalachian State University
  • Pennsylvania, led by Performance Systems Development
  • Texas, led by the National Association of State Energy Officials