Green Building Codes & Policies

Building code and to some degree, new energy policy, is based on building science. You can learn more about the fundamentals of building science by visiting the Building Science Corporation, which is the best resource for technical documents on a wide variety of building techologies including detailed guides to wall and roof assemblies, foundations, insulation and more. You can also visit the website, Best of Building Science, which contains video and audio clips from national building professionals detailing best practices at various stages of construction.

Below is a list of some of the nation’s most stringent building codes or ongoing policy initiatives geared toward improving the quality and comfort of new home construction and retrofits.

BuildSmart
Boulder County, Colorado’s new residential green building code.

GreenPoints
The City of Boulder, Colorado’s program to encourage the use of cost-effective and sustainable remodeling and building methods and technologies that conserve energy, water and other natural resources, which reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Zero Energy Capable Homes
On October 2007 Austin, Texas City Council adopted the first of a series of code amendments leading to a zero net energy city by 2015.

ENERGY TECHNOLOGY (ET) POLICY

Senate Energy Bill (S. 1462)
Senate Energy Bill (S. 1462) would provide building energy reduction target dates equivalent to the The 2030 Challenge timeline, also reflected in Section 201 of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2454). It is key to effective building efficiency regulation and is an achievable, cost effective bill that would dramatically reduce the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of our nation’s leading contributor to global warming: buildings.

2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report
Drafted by the California Energy Commission, the report recommends that current energy policy be amended to mandate that all California homes achieve zero-energy performance by 2020, and all commercial buildings zero energy by 2030.

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