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Attacks on Energy Codes

The US House Energy and Commerce Committee is considering language for a comprehensive energy bill, and it's important the final bill doesn't include provisions that would weaken building energy codes.


Earlier this year, Efficiency First joined with stakeholders from the public and private sectors on a letter opposing a proposal from Congresswoman Blackburn and Congressman Schrader that would hamper the Department of Energy's ability to advance building energy codes in states and localities. The proposal had been included in Title IV of the House's proposed energy bill. 

Why is this an important issue? Among other items:

DOE as an energy codes resource: This legislation is written to block DOE from advising states on advancing energy codes, taking away a great resource for those looking to upgrade and improve their codes.

Arbitrary Cost Effectiveness Limits: The language in the draft version would place a 10-year cap on cost effectiveness of energy code standards.

Here's an analysis of the proposal by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

What You Can Do

Instead of passing the Blackburn/Schrader language, Congress should substitute language from HR 2177 by Reps McKinley and Welch which would help make energy codes better. Hearings to mark up the House energy bill were supposed to start today in the House Energy and Commerce Committee -- but they've now been postponed.

Take Action: Call your member of Congress to support strong energy code adoption -- especially if your representative is on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Ask them to oppose the Blackburn/Schrader energy codes proposal and support McKinley and Welch's energy codes language.

  1. Click here to find your member of Congress.
  2. Then see if they're on the Energy and Commerce Committee here (you can still call them even if they aren't on the committee).
  3. Call their office -- state your name and your company, and tell them that your company supports strong energy codes.
  4. Ask them to oppose the Blackburn/Schrader energy codes proposal, and instead support energy codes language from McKinley and Welch.


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