The BECP News newsletter encourages the exchange of information among building professionals and organizations, state and local code officials, and researchers. Its goal is to facilitate timely development and early adoption of the building energy conservation standards.
What can be done to curb the significant and ever-growing impact of building energy use?
Adoption and implementation of building energy codes in communities across the United States are critical components in overall efforts to promote energy savings in buildings. Building energy codes lead to long-term energy savings by promoting construction of new energy-efficient buildings and introducing energy-efficient construction methods and technologies during renovations of older buildings. Energy-efficient construction in both new buildings and renovations has the potential to save energy throughout the life spans of buildings. The total projected annual energy savings from adoption and implementation of future energy codes are expected to be 2.4 quadrillion Btu of primary energy by 2030. This amount of saved energy is equivalent to the annual electricity delivered from 571 coal-fired power plants (200 MW each).
For over 20 years, the U.S. Department of Energy's Building Energy Code Program (BECP) has provided timely support for the development, adoption, implementation, and compliance of more effective and enforceable building energy codes. BECP promotes energy savings by:
- participating with stakeholders in the development and revision of building energy codes to develop cost effective, more energy-efficient codes
- providing technical assistance to states and local jurisdictions in support of adoption and compliance of codes
- developing resource guides to aid policy makers, architects, and building officials in efforts focused on adoption and compliance with codes
- facilitating training to promote understanding of the code and compliance
- developing software tools to enable no–cost, easy-to-use compliance
- creating and maintaining web resources to support the needs of stakeholders in the development, adoption, and compliance processes.