Energy Code Reform
The building market demonstrates that efficient designs can significantly improve the energy performance of a building by reducing peak energy demand, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. The nation is recognizing that well-designed, implemented, and enforced building energy codes serve as logical starting points for policies that capture greater energy savings.
This tool provides policy guidance and sample legislation, many of which are already on the books in some states and cities, to assist States and local jurisdictions in incorporating and enhancing current model energy codes into local laws. Below we have categorized energy code policy actions into four different levels. Click on the level to get a description of the reform options and examples of policy action from different states.
Level I Policy Action - First-time code adoption or update outdated codes
States and local jurisdictions should have a recently developed code to ensure their energy requirements reflect current technology and design that offer increased energy efficiency.
Level II Policy Action - Pursue "Beyond Code" Efforts
Stakeholders should implement "beyond code" strategies to lock in even greater energy savings.
Level III Policy Action - Improve the National Model Energy Codes
Stakeholders should participate in the code development process by sharing their experience to improve the national model energy codes.
Level IV Policy Action - Enact Innovative Legislation
Some states and cities make progress on improving the energy efficiency of buildings through the use of ground-breaking code legislation.