07 Sep '11, 9pm

How Building Codes Give Us Smaller Energy, Carbon Footprints

How Building Codes Give Us Smaller Energy, Carbon Footprints

Building energy codes, a staple among the policies regulating construction, yield solid reductions in consumption and emissions, according to research that examined hard data on energy use in states with codes on the books. Although energy codes have existed in the U.S. for nearly 40 years, estimates of the benefits that result from them have largely been theoretical and based on simulations. Findings released today in a report by the Climate Policy Initiative prove that "energy codes are working, and they deliver energy savings not just in a theoretical sense -- there is solid evidence they actually do," said Kath Rowley, the director of CPI's office in San Francisco and the head of the organization's research program in North America. Researchers looked at residential energy use from 1986 to 2008 in 43 states with building energy codes. The review found that in homes bui...

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