Letters in Support of Energy Codes
- Take Action Letter to Oppose Weakened Codes
- Take Action Letter: Organization Sign-on for the 2012 IECC
- Take Action Letter: Support for the 2012 IECC
- BCAP Model Legislation
BCAP publishes a weekly Code Alert Bulletin designed to share information and support timely participation in state and local activities related to the adoption and implementation of building energy codes. This bulletin highlights immediate opportunities to influence state and local policy outcomes, indicates code status, and recommends contact for action. By promoting these opportunities among energy efficiency stakeholders, code supporters collectively increase their impact at legislative and regulatory proceedings at the state and local levels.
If you are aware of activity that should be on this bulletin, would like to provide feedback, or are interested in becoming a subscriber, please contact us.
Examples of Media Outreach
Sample Press Releases
- Houston City Council Votes to Increase Energy Efficiency Standards and Move Towards New Model Codes
- City Council Poised to Exclude Energy Code While Updating Other Building Codes, Costing Columbia Residents Thousands in Higher Energy Bills
- New Home Buyers To Save Hundreds Each Year on Energy Bills with Update of Energy Codes
Each state approaches the energy code adoption process differently. In most states, codes are adopted through the state congress and pass through both the house and senate sides. No matter who is making the decisions on energy codes, making your voice heard is invaluable to the adoption process.
Setting state-level expectations for improving efficiency can provide a common goal for a state’s government and code community to work toward and can ensure support for codes within state government as a valuable part of high-level strategy. We have categorized energy code policy actions into four different levels.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) provided two opportunities for states to receive stimulus funds linked to building energy codes: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants and State Energy Programs (SEPs).
This page depicts state-level policies for public buildings across the United States.
How do states adopt energy codes? Most use either a regulatory process, a legislative process, or a combination of the two. However, some states are home rule, adopting and enforcing their codes at the local level.
Selecting the most current national model energy code (the 2015 IECC or ASHRAE 90.1-2013) ensures that code reflects changes in technology and design that offer increased energy efficiency.