Builders Energy Code Position Confirmed by DOE

Originally published by the following source: NAHBMay 7, 2012

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For some time now, there has been a question circulating around the states concerning what the requirement was for adopting a code beyond the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to comply with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding stipulations. It seems that states were being told by outside sources that the 2012 IECC had to be adopted to continue to be in compliance with ARRA. At a recent meeting with Department of Energy (DOE) representatives, NAHB staff took the opportunity to ask Roland Risser, Program Manager of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, to explain DOE's position on this important question. Risser confirmed that it is the 2009 IECC or an equivalent code that must be adopted -- not the 2012 edition.