Making the Case
The IECC is the only building code that pays for itself via lower monthly energy bills then earns owners money every single month for the lifetime of the building.
IECC impacts health-safety. A study after Superstorm Sandy showed that IECC-regulation buildings allowed residents to stay in their homes for more days during extreme weather conditions – literally saving lives.
Each year in the U.S. about 110,000 new commercial buildings (about 1.6 billion square feet!) and more than 1 million new homes are built – all new space that needs to be heated, cooled, and powered.
Mayors want more efficiency. In 2018, the U.S. Conference of Mayors signed a resolution calling for all cities to support stronger energy codes to reduce energy bills for citizens and businesses, and improve local economies.
Buyers want more efficiency. A survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) showed that nine out of 10 buyers would choose a highly energy-efficient home with lower utility bills rather than one costing 2 to 3 percent less.
Set America on a Glide Path to Efficiency
Buildings last a long time, so how officials from municipalities across the nation vote on the next International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will impact family budgets, housing markets, and the local economy as a whole for generations to come. With additional votes this code cycle, we can set America on a glide path to home and business energy bill affordability, stable energy costs, U.S. energy independence and security, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved home and commercial building durability.
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*New* U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously adopts resolution urging local governments to vote
This USCM Resolution explains why mayors from around the nation must work together to put America's model energy code on a glide path to Net Zero.
Mayor’s Fact Sheet and Checklist
A one-page resource for Mayors and their staff on the benefits of and critical deadlines for updating the 2021 IECC.
EECC Codes-Carbon Calculator
A tool for cities & states to estimate the energy and carbon savings of updating energy codes. Be sure to click "Enable Content" at top.
Code Officials Fact Sheet and Checklist
A two-page resource for local building department staff with quick info on the benefits and critical deadlines for updating the 2021 IECC.