A summary of successful energy code compliance programs and guidelines for implementation of energy codes in states and municipalities. Conclusions presented at the 2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer for energy code enforcement. Varying state and local statutes, governing structures and political climates play critical roles in how and if energy codes are enforced. A holistic approach recognizes these varying influences and acknowledges that code officials have numerous codes to enforce with limited resources. This paper will address the following successful strategies that have proven effective in various states and local jurisdictions: (1) streamlining compliance processes, (2) third-party enforcement, and (3) advanced training.