Energy Efficiency as a Component of Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction

Resolved that NAHB seek to limit increases in energy efficiency requirements for residential building codes to changes that are technologically achievable and economically justified;

Further resolved that if Congress considers legislation to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, NAHB encourage it to implement a balanced and comprehensive plan that fairly apportions the economic impact to all producer/user sources, including existing buildings;

Further resolved that NAHB support efforts to achieve enhanced energy efficiency in residential buildings not limited to the building envelope, and that increases resulting from the use of more energy-efficient mechanical equipment and lighting be included in measuring the increase in overall building efficiency;

Further resolved that NAHB urge the consideration of cost effectiveness and impact on residential construction practices and housing affordability in the development of any code intended or otherwise mandates compliance in order to achieve increased energy efficiency in residential buildings, and performance paths shall continue to be permitted;

and Further resolved that NAHB urge Congress to not permit the Department of Energy to develop a federal energy efficiency code for energy efficiency in residential construction or unduly influence the code process.

Resolution originally adopted: 2017/06, Resolution Number 2

Committee with primary jurisdiction:

  • Construction, Codes & Standards Committee

 

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