Brief #7: Building Energy Codes

Most states have adopted building energy codes that mandate certain minimum energy efficiency levels be met in the construction of residential or commercial buildings, or both. The levels required in a given state vary greatly, while some states do not set codes at all – and, where codes are set, ensuring compliance with the codes is an additional challenge. This paper presents an overview of the codes effective in each state and explores the issues relevant to code adoption and compliance.

The brief is the seventh in a series entitled Energy Efficiency State Policies, developed by Matthew Brown, a partner with Harcourt Brown LLC. Harcourt Brown LLC is a consulting firm with a specialty in financing for clean energy and environmental strategy.

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