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Great to hear that some of our political representatives are beginning to understand the importance of having a more stringent code! But, the code is only worth so much on paper. It also has to be enforced. We need architects to advocate for both more stringent energy codes, and for ENFORCEMENT of the energy code. Too many jurisdictions do not enforce the code and do not have the expertise and/or resources to have a robust energy code enforcement program. In too many places, it is not seen as a health/life safety concern. That will only change if the public demands it.
Gina L. Bocra, AIA, LEED Fellow
Chief Sustainability Officer
New York City Department of Buildings
The International Energy Code is gradually approaching LEED, Green Globes and other high standard energy saving systems. Attended a free commercial Energy Code update in June and then on 7/10/2019 attended a Residential Energy Code update for Georgia ( see https://www.dca.ga.gov/node/5691 for schedule of all free training sessions by Southface). Georgia is going from the 2009 energy code to the 2015 IECC (home builders complained too much about jumping into the 2018 which is REALLY energy efficient). Here are some residential code updates: