NAHB Analysis Critical of 2012 IECC

Originally published by: NAHB & it's Wholly Owned SubsidiariesJune 4, 2015

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This fact sheet1 outlinies NAHB's analysis of the energy code and its development. The document begins with the following introduction:

“Model building energy codes are developed by private organizations (e.g. the International Codes Council (ICC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers), updated every three years and then adopted by state and local governments. While the federal government does not “adopt” codes, the Department of Energy (DOE) plays a significant role in their development, and also works with states to encourage adoption and enforcement.

DOE’s role in code development has expanded, moving beyond the original authorization of a “technical advisor” to pushing energy goals, and at times advocating for certain products or technologies.” Ironically, DOE also funds NAHB energy-related research.

1 The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), and their wholly-owned funding subsidiaries that support NAHB work product (e.g. Home Innovation Research Labs, Home Builder’s Institute, etc.), create resolutions to promote NAHB positions. The NAHB leadership expectation is a united advocacy effort in the market.