Building Codes Assistance Project

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The challenge:

A dramatic shift in energy spending—away from fossil fuels and into clean energy—will be key to staving off climate change and keeping global warming in check. But climate change isn’t the only challenge. Achieving clean energy targets is central to most of our world’s challenges today including economic development, poverty eradication, food security, health, education, transportation, and sustainable and resilient cities.

What can be done?

The building sector accounts for almost 50% of total energy use and 70% of electricity use in the U.S. To ensure that building 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.

How Build Codes Assistance Project is meeting the challenge:

The Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) provides high-level support for energy code adoption and compliance across the country. BCAP empowers and rallies support and resources from a broad range of partners at the national, regional, and local levels including:

  • Influencing 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
  • 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.

This project aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals

  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Climate action
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