Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Consumers Want Energy Codes Enforced, Seek Awareness

Students at Bentley University collaborated with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute and Consumers Union to poll the general public about the importance of energy codes. Of the 142 respondents, 90 percent agreed or strongly agreed with the three following assertions:
  • Disclosure of a home’s energy usage would enable them to make an informed decision about a new home purchase.
  • Homebuilders should make more efficient homes to benefit consumers.
  • Energy codes should be enforced like other safety and quality standards of construction.
Based on the results, study authors hope those involved in the construction industry will take notice and recognize that energy efficiency is a growing trend in the U.S. The authors further concluded that the average consumer demands a more energy efficient home, but making more informed decisions requires consumers to have access to additional resources. They point out that nationally coordinated education and training programs are essential components of reducing market barriers.

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) offers several AIA-accredited continuing education courses to raise awareness about the importance of building energy codes. These courses help participants understand NFRC's placement in ASHRAE and IECC codes and learn how to use the NFRC label to meet or exceed building energy codes.

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