Top 10 Reasons for Energy Codes

The projected energy savings attributable to energy codes translates into an estimated cumulative savings of 800 million metric tons of carbon dioxide by 2030—that’s equivalent to removing 145 million vehicles from our nation’s roadways. Here are the top 10 reasons for adopting and implementing energy codes.

Today’s global energy, economic, and environmental challenges necessitate a U.S. strategy identifying a suite of energy-efficiency–related initiatives that is implemented by the building industry and relevant stakeholders. Energy codes are a core component of that strategy and, in addition, have an impact on other strategies to improve our built environment.

Energy Codes...

  1. SAVE money and help reduce needless consumption of energy to heat, cool, light, ventilate, and provide hot water for newly built residential and commercial buildings constructed without adequate energy-efficiency features.
  2. HELP protect the natural environment from unnecessary emissions.
  3. CONTINUE to progress in terms of stringency, scope, and enforcement emphasis—all of which provide new jobs or opportunities to enhance the skills of the current workforce.
  4. SAFEGUARD owners and tenants from long-term financial burdens that can result from short-term design and construction decisions.
  5. PROVIDE a common basis upon which to educate the building design and construction community in energy efficiency.
  6. INCREASE the use of energy-efficient technologies proven through incentive programs, freeing up resources to focus on new, more efficient technologies.
  7. PROVIDE a cost-effective step toward mitigating problems associated with growing demand for energy and power resources.
  8. HELP drive the development and deployment of new building technologies and design strategies.
  9. SUPPORT energy conservation and efficiency actions beyond minimum code levels.
  10. PROVIDE a common foundation for evaluating, regulating, and incentivizing building design, construction, technologies, and performance.