Thursday, January 6, 2011

The NEWS: DOE to Provide $7mil to 24 States to Update Energy Codes

If you've not seen this article from The NEWS, you need to. ARRA (the stimulus bill) provided the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with funds to use as a carrot and stick to states to adopt and enforce more stringent building energy codes (IECC for residential, ASHRAE 90.1 for commercial). For many states, and now 24 more, the time to debate whether the more stringent energy codes are reasonable, attainable, or justified has passed, and now it's up to our industry to figure out how to live with them (and not allow another California Title 24-ish disaster to occur). If you're not closely tied into your state(s)' energy offices, code officials, etc., you had better find a way to do so quickly...especially in these 24 states.

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