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Building Energy Codes and Standards: The Foundation for Better Buildings

October 2014

Buildings account for about 40 percent of our nation’s energy use and nearly 40 percent of our carbon dioxide emissions. As a leader in DOE’s Building Energy Codes and Appliance Standards programs, our contributions helped DOE gain recognition by the White House as the only agency that met the nation’s Climate Action Plan goals established for 2014.

In support of these goals, we submitted the final determination package for the Commercial Building Model Code (ASHRAE 90.1-2013), and the preliminary determination package for Residential Model Code (IECC 2015). These technical documents represent thousands of hours of experimentation, modeling, and analysis that lead to new efficiency and performance regulations that can save billions of dollars in energy costs each year.

Our analyses also enabled DOE to set the minimum energy efficiency standards for manufactured housing. Other 2014 rules in development, including the finalized metal halide lamp fixtures decision, are expected to result in a total of 1 quad of energy savings – the equivalent of 8.2 billion gallons of gasoline.


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