To assist you in navigating the ever changing waters of energy codes, we have pulled together links to key websites where in-depth and up to date information is maintained. We have also provided links to relevant information on the EPAC 2005 tax deduction and LEED program.
State Code Adoption Status
The Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) is dedicated to assisting states in the adoption and implementation of statewide building energy codes.
The International Code Council (ICC) develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties and states that adopt codes choose the International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC) developed by the International Code Council.
ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) develops standards for both its members and others professionally concerned with the design and maintenance of indoor environments. Its 90.1-2010 standard is the current benchmark which most U.S. state energy codes are written around.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency whose major responsibility includes promoting energy efficiency through appliance and building standards in order to reduce California's energy consumption. The CEC administers Title 24, Part 6, of the California Code of Regulations (California's Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings) which greatly influences other standards and energy codes around the country.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 created the Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction, which allows building owners to deduct the entire cost of a lighting or building upgrade in the year the equipment is placed in service, subject to a cap. This website, developed by the Lighting Systems Division of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) in cooperation with the Commercial Building Tax Deduction Coalition, provides education about the lighting aspects of the Deduction and resources to help with its implementation.
Administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED provides a roadmap for measuring and documenting success for every building type and phase of a building lifecycle.