BCAP’s long history of energy code support work and our reputation as a trusted non-partisan source for energy code knowledge, resources, and news gives us the credibility to help build collective understanding and promote coordinated action among the many groups working to advance energy codes on the national level. Since 1994, we’ve been building relationships with the U.S. Department of Energy, the regional energy efficiency groups, code bodies such as ICC and ASHRAE, and the major trade associations, among others. As codes advance and priorities change, our annual stakeholder meetings and various coordination efforts help ensure continued dialogue and greater collaboration among an ever-expanding group of partner organizations.
One of the most exciting achievements for BCAP and its partners in the energy codes community in 2012 was the establishment of the National Energy Codes Collaborative. Nine organizations dedicated to similar missions promoting energy efficiency created this informal coalition to ensure better coordination and communication among advocacy and technical assistance resources. BCAP provided leadership for this group that began with regional energy efficiency organizations (REEOS) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) and later expanded to include the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the newly formed South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER). The National Collaborative agreed that the best interests of funders, DOE, and state and local governments are met most effectively through open communication, defined roles and responsibilities for each organization, and by leveraging resources for the advancement of energy code adoption and compliance.