01 Aug '11, 2pm

Landmark US Building Codes Finalized

The International Codes Council on Friday released the final version of their landmark update for US building codes. The changes represent the largest single-step efficiency increase in the history of the national energy code. It requires homes and buildings to achieve energy savings 30% higher than the 2006 code. Since homes and buildings produce fully half of US greenhouse gases and use over 75% of the electricity generated from power plants, the new code is a very significant energy policy decision. The upgraded International Energy Conservation Code is expected to save American homes and businesses $40 billion annually in energy costs by 2030, says the Alliance to Save Energy. The code will also eliminate the need for about 47 coal plants. The International Codes Council is comprised of about 500 state and local building code officials from around the country, who meet...

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