Technoform Glassinsulation

Part 1: Outcome-Based Codes are our Friends

Posted on April 6, 2018 by Helen Sanders and Mark Silverberg on

This week, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its report on global energy use and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Globally the news is not the best: CO2 emissions grew (1.4 percent) for the first time in three years on the backs of robust 3.7-percent economic growth, lower fossil fuel prices and weaker energy efficiency policies. That said, on a brighter note, the United States was one of only three countries that saw a decline in CO2 emissions in 2017. CO2 emissions in the U.S. have been dropping for the last three years and the 0.5-percent drop in 2017 was the largest decline for any country globally. Kudos to the U.S.!

The report of a slowing in the rate of increase in the stringency of global energy policies caused us to reflect on what is happening with building sector energy policy in the U.S. Although there isn’t much new at the national level, innovative policies at the local and state levels are gathering momentum, especially related to measuring and controlling actual building performance.

According to the Institute for Market Transportation (IMT), as of March 2017, more than 10 billion square feet of building floor area in the U.S. now is covered by energy benchmarking and transparency laws. (See map.)