Energy Codes and Policy

A SMALL WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE HUGE GAINS IN CLIMATE ACTION

A SMALL WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE HUGE GAINS IN CLIMATE ACTION

Cities face unrelenting demands on policy priorities. Affordable housing, transportation, economic development, climate action, and other pressing issues compete for limited resources and funds. Now is a moment in time, however, when the opportunity to make significant progress toward carbon emission goals, to stimulate the local economy and to reduce the ongoing energy burden for owners and renters is attainable by many cities at very little cost or effort.

2019 IS THE YEAR OF ENERGY CODES

2019 IS THE YEAR OF ENERGY CODES

If there’s a defining theme for the building sector in 2019, it’s energy codes. Actions to update the rules that cities and states set to determine how effectively new residential and commercial buildings use energy are progressing on several fronts across the U.S. These regulations define the next generation of building design and construction in terms of energy performance and since those projects will be in operation for decades, performance matters a great deal—now more than ever. You see, 2018 culminated with a preponderance of evidence that climate change is real and the time for action is immediate.  Natural disasters are wreaking havoc across the globe and new reports sound the alarm for governments to do more to limit temperature rise.