The House of Representatives recently passed a bill that will stop energy code costs from increasing significantly, according to a post from the NAHB. The energy bill will also give the Department of Energy (DOE) a more home buyer-friendly role in writing energy codes.
The Senate however passed a bill that only addresses the DOE's role in writing the codes but does not address cost. The NAHB hopes that the Senate can pass the version of the bill passed in the House. The association believes that House version will keep homes affordable and end DOE lobbying.
Last week, NAHB alerted builders in those districts where their member of Congress has been appointed to a conference committee to work out the differences and craft the final bill. The ask: Call your representative or senator and ask them to support the House language that would put a stop to DOE lobbying efforts and ensure that any new energy code requirements are cost-effective. “The Senate version does not include these protections. At a time when some energy efficiency advocates are pushing for codes that will take 100 years to be paid back, we need reform now,” the alert said.