Building Codes Assistance Project
Energy efficiency is widely considered one of easiest and most effective money-saving strategies available. Efficiency pays, the adage goes, because the cheapest and cleanest fuel source is the one we do not burn. Nowhere is the opportunity more apparent than in the building sector, which accounts for almost 50% of total energy use and 70% of electricity use in the U.S. Moreover, the average lifespan of a building is roughly 50 years, meaning that current building energy policies—and what gets built—will affect energy consumption until 2060 and beyond. Yet, despite these facts, the effectiveness of building energy codes is still falling short of the potential. Code development and adoption alone do not guarantee compliance. In municipalities across the country, energy code enforcement and compliance remain insufficient or completely absent. To ensure that energy codes accomplish their intent to reduce energy use and save money for consumers and businesses, cities, counties and jurisdictions must develop and carry out realistic and effective energy code adoption and implementation strategies.
The Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) provides high-level support for energy code adoption and compliance across the country. Through our work, BCAP empowers and rallies support and resources from a broad range of partners at the national, regional, and local levels.
We have four primary objectives:
- Influence Model Code Development – to reach higher levels of efficiency and usability;
- Core Adoption Advocacy and Support – to assist states and local jurisdiction in their efforts to adopt or update model energy efficiency building codes and standards;
- Core Compliance and Enforcement Support – to unleash the energy-savings promise of building energy codes once they are adopted; and
- Collaboration, Education and Communications – to serve as the national hub for energy code support work, and as the premier source for current and vital codes information.
Our activities include:
- Identifying advocacy needs and opportunities;
- Convening stakeholders for collaborative action;
- Sharing information and best practices from states and cities;
- Addressing common barriers to adoption and compliance; and
- Developing materials and resources.