09.25.2013  |  energybiz.com

A battle is looming over efforts to update the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), which will take place Oct 5-10 in Atlantic City.  The new IECC, recognized in federal statutes as America’s model energy code, will be voted on by local and state officials from across the nation.

While building energy codes may not sound sexy, energy efficiency advocates argue that from a national energy policy perspective they are critical: Buildings use 42% of all US energy, 54% of its natural gas, and 71% of its electricity. They also cause 39% of America’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG); a 2009 McKinsey report called building energy efficiency measures the most cost effective way to reduce GHG emissions…

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