Building Codes

(Press Release - 7/24/2019)
Scorecard of 75 large US cities reveals the top 10, including Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC.  Washington, DC — US cities are ramping up their clean energy efforts, notably with stricter energy-saving rules for...
(Document - 7/24/2019)
The City Clean Energy Scorecard measures the progress of city policies and programs that save energy, promote renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It also focuses on efforts to embed equity in policymaking. We ranked 75 large US...
(Blog Post - 6/12/2019)
Major energy efficiency policies slashed US energy use by about 20% in 2017, saving a whopping 25 quads of energy —the amount used in California, Texas, and Florida combined. Two US policies now at risk accounted for the majority of these savings....
(Blog Post - 5/8/2019)
Ever wonder how much a home’s utility bills will cost before you buy it? Portland, Oregon, has a cutting-edge policy that gives homebuyers such information, enabling them to consider energy efficiency when buying a home, just as many consumers do...
(Blog Post - 4/25/2019)
An ACEEE analysis released today finds that energy efficiency and solar make complementary energy and carbon reductions in new home construction, but when budgets are tight, efficiency needs to come first. Throughout the United States, energy...
(Document - 4/24/2019)
Both energy efficiency and renewable energy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve a home’s resilience during power outages. Cost effectiveness is another important consideration. Recent energy code changes have raised the question of...
(Document - 2/28/2019)
This paper lays out five key energy efficiency policies that Florida can adopt to spur job growth across the state: setting energy efficiency targets for utilities, adopting state-level appliance standards, promoting the use of combined heat and...
(Blog Post - 2/28/2019)
New ACEEE research shows that Florida could bolster energy efficiency policies to gain 135,000 jobs, making the state’s economy a bit sunnier. In 2017, Florida ranked fourth in the nation for efficiency jobs. But with so many untapped energy...
(Document - 1/7/2019)
While governors across the country are setting innovative energy policies, energy efficiency can help them go even farther toward meeting state goals. Saving energy creates jobs, develops the workforce, grows state economies, improves public health...
(Blog Post - 10/24/2018)
Zero energy building codes are making inroads in Oregon, California, British Columbia, and other places, but a new ACEEE white paper reveals that they still face barriers to nationwide success, including a “solar-only” mentality. From coast to coast...