Homebuilders Defeat Energy Code Adoption

Originally published by: NAHBOctober 1, 2012

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The Southern States Energy Board (SSEB), a group comprised of governors and state lawmakers, was considering a resolution to recommend adoption of the 2012 IECC (energy code) and any subsequent updates in the states its members represent. While this would not have been a binding resolution, it would help make the case to adopt the updated code in each state – and the nation’s home builders had plenty of reason to be concerned. For one thing, bringing the code up the 2012 version would be tremendously difficult and expensive in states that have not updated their codes in recent years; for another, while states often amend the codes to fit their specific needs, this resolution was recommending adoption of the new code “as published.” The most recent version of the code is also considerably more expensive and less flexible, favors certain products, and does not necessarily increase energy efficiency.  

Realizing these issues, NAHB swung into action by reaching out to every one of our HBA Executive Officers in the South with a letter expressing our main points against the resolution and a list of SSEB participants in their states. Thanks to the quick action of those locals, within a day, nearly every SSEB attendee had been contacted and made aware of our concerns, and soon after, many governors and legislators were expressing their agreement with us.

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