New building codes take effect Jan. 1 requiring all newly constructed homes in California to be powered by the sun

Paul Rogers writes on the Mercury News website about the landmark building rules that will be first-in-the nation solar requirement. Who else has this requirement in other countries?   Solar power required for all new California homes starting Jan. 1 California already generates more electricity from solar power than any other state. But now a … Continue reading New building codes take effect Jan. 1 requiring all newly constructed homes in California to be powered by the sun

Stricter building energy codes are some of the biggest success stories for many US cities

While there may be some backpedalling by the US federal government these days, there is much going on in the states and cities.  David Ribeiro, Senior Research Manager at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy writes on their website about latest developments in adopting stricter building energy codes in many US cities.   US … Continue reading Stricter building energy codes are some of the biggest success stories for many US cities

Benefits of new energy building codes

Barbara Vergetis Lundin writes in Fierce Energy about new research from one of the US national laboratories that quantified the savings from federal funding for more ambitious energy building codes. Interestingly, for every US$1 the Department of Energy spent on building energy codes, US$400 in energy cost savings resulted.   Building code energy efficiency dollar … Continue reading Benefits of new energy building codes