Proposed new residential energy code would boost efficiency by 20 percent

A revised building energy code proposed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and others would significantly improve the energy efficiency of new homes.

September 24, 2013

A revised building energy code proposed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Institute for Market Transformation, and the Britt/Makela Group, along with support from 20 of the biggest homebuilders in the country, would significantly improve the energy efficiency of new homes. The proposal would make it easier for consumers to factor energy efficiency into a home-buying decision. The code would make newly-built homes 20% more energy efficient by 2015—saving consumers from $300 to $850 each year in utility costs, and give homes a numerical score on an energy efficiency index.

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