10.08.2013  |  Alliance to Save Energy

Counter-productive measure would have added thousands to homeowner energy bills

Atlantic City, N.J., October 8, 2013 – Sound energy policy prevailed as local and state governmental officials rejected dozens of builder-sponsored home efficiency rollback proposals in a three-day marathon meeting convened by the International Code Council (ICC) to develop the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

“Today was a victory for America’s homebuyers,” said Bill Fay, Executive Director of the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition (EECC). “By dismissing efforts to roll back the historic 30% efficiency gains we won three years ago in the 2012 IECC, ICC governmental members avoided what would have been the single biggest step backward in energy efficiency ever adopted into the model energy code.”

Defeated after a 75-52 vote, the counterproductive measure would have added thousands of dollars to a new home’s energy costs. An ICF International analysis found that the proposal, known as RE-166, would have increased a new home’s energy use by at least 6 percent and as much as 22 percent…

Full press release available on the Alliance to Save Energy website.

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