U.S. Mayors Break Bad on Building Code Backslide

America’s mayors delivered a crystal clear message at their June annual meeting: Energy codes protect our homeowners and tenants, our grids, and our Nation.

On June 27 this year, the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) unanimously adopted Resolution 49 in support of putting America’s Model Building Energy Code–the IECC–on a path of reasonable, but steady improvements toward net zero building construction. Mayors made it clear they do not want the 2018 IECC, which will be finalized this November, to be the first energy code that is weaker than the IECC it updates.

Green Home Valuation Gets a Boost

Will green homes finally get the appraisal values they deserve?

The Appraisal Institute and the Building Codes Assistance Project just released guidance related to valuation of green and energy-efficient homes. 

“It’s a document that is long past due,” says Cati O’Keefe, Green Builder Media’s editorial director.

Building Code Updates for Florida and Illinois: Fits and Starts

Florida puts a code roll-back on hold, while Illinois takes steps toward adopting the 2015 IECC.


Analyzing the Residential Energy Efficiency Sections of the 2015 IECC

The IECC - 2009, 2012 and 2015: A Cross-Code Comparison.

THE INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL (ICC) continues to develop the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) on a three-year cycle which has culminated in the latest version, the 2015 IECC. However, not every state is inclined to follow the same cycle when it comes to adoption of the IECC. Reasons for non-adoption vary, from perceived cost implications to lack of enforcement resources to complexity of changes.

The Water Revolution is Here


At current usage and population rates, international demand for water in 2030 will outstrip supply by 40 percent. As fresh water supplies dwindle, nations across the globe will face unprecedented, unsettling, and formerly unthinkable choices regarding water, compelled to make difficult decisions about how to allocate the precious resource.

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