Policy Action Tool
Building codes establish the minimum standards of acceptable building practice, so energy codes define the least efficient buildings that can be constructed. Given the growing national concern over the cost and availability of energy resources and the reliability of energy distribution networks, there is a growing interest in energy efficiency guidelines that exceed the code minimum. States and municipalities are updating existing codes, adopting new codes, and expanding code programs to improve compliance and achieve significant energy and financial savings.
States and local jurisdictions that are interested in adopting new (or updating existing) code legislation can benefit by reviewing actions others have taken. BCAP provides sample legislation of individual state code reform to assist in code development.
Samples of existing laws from states and cities around the country can be found on the Policy Action for Energy Code Reform Page.
While the legislation featured on this site are among the best practice in the country, keep in mind that they are not perfect in many cases and may need to be adjusted for your particular state or city. Many can be strengthened or tailored to fit the needs of your area. If your jurisdiction writes a bill that could be used as a model by others, please let us know!