Alabama’s current residential code, the 2009 IRC, includes requirements to ensure that all new homes meet or exceed national minimum standards. These minimum standards aren’t “ENERGY STAR” or “green” homes; they simply establish the bare minimums that should be included in all homes today. Energy codes save money and resources, but they also improve the quality of homes. When builders understand code requirements and address these important details, it’s a good indication of quality construction. Homes built that comply with energy codes are often more affordable to heat and cool and comfortable to live in.