Tuesday, May 17, 2011 -- 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
The American Institute of Architects, Washington, DC
This roundtable is invitation only.
Buildings account for 40% of all U.S. energy consumption and more than 70% of electricity used in the United States. From the national economic perspective, more energy-efficient buildings through the states’ adoption and implementation of residential and commercial building energy codes will demonstrably reduce U.S. energy consumption and help stabilize energy costs to businesses and manufacturers, defer the need for new power plant construction, reduce environmental pollution, save money for consumers by lowering their energy bills, and by reducing energy demand, improve national energy security.
Recent energy efficiency advances in the ICC approval of the 2012 IECC offer tremendous opportunities for states to move building efficiency forward. However, significant barriers to identifying resources for code adoption, compliance and implementation remain. Moreover, efforts are underway to turn back recent advances and/or slow progress in a number of states, even as many policy makers recognize the cost savings that strong building energy codes provide consumers.
Finding appropriate responses for states and integrating the actions of a range of other stakeholders to keep forward momentum is a critical, near-term need. In addition, given the limited resources anticipated from federal and state appropriations, new sustainable strategies and actionable priorities must be established and roles clearly identified and coordinated to fully leverage existing and maximize future funding and expertise.
Building on the past experiences and recent work of various code advocacy organizations, there is a need to bring together a strategic group of key stakeholders at the national, regional, state, and local level for a Building Energy Codes Roundtable to consider these time sensitive issues.
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