Builders Promote Energy-Efficiency Initiative SAVE Act
A coalition of builders and environmental groups have developed the SAVE Act a way to stimulate sales by making energy-efficient new housing more attractive to cost-conscious buyers. The proposed federal legislation is designed to address a fundamental imbalance in the way federal mortgage programs appraise the value of new homes. The legislation will be presented to Congress in the Spring of 2011.
The joint campaign began in the October 2010 adoption of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code. The 2012 IECC will impose a host of new requirements on residential builders, including tighter thermal envelopes, more efficient windows and insulation, and hvac-system upgrades.Efficiency advocates then had to reach out to builders since they were the ones who would be needed to actually construct this new stock of energy efficient homes.