Moving Energy Codes Forward: A Guide for Cities and States
In cities, the building sector is a major contributor to carbon emissions and energy use accounting for up to 40% of the total energy consumed. Some jurisdictions may have climate policies and climate action plans that set targets and lay out an action plan for improvement. Other jurisdictions may not have explicit climate goals, but they have an interest in improving building performance and reducing energy costs for their constituents. In either case, energy codes can be a critical part of a carbon reduction strategy. Moving Energy Codes Forward: A Guide for Cities and States provides critical steps to achieve significant code improvements through the adoption of stretch codes and provides a practical framework for implementing advanced codes and outcome policies. It offers guidance, resources and examples of advanced code adoption based on New Buildings Institute's stretch code development and adoption experience working with states and communities.