Code officials, builders, and efficiency advocates are meeting in Kansas City for the International Code Council’s annual conference and public comment hearings.

There are many residential proposals up for consideration, says NRDC blogger Lauren Urbanek, including some that improve the energy efficiency of the code, and many that make the code less stringent.

Building codes have been incredibly effective at reducing the energy use of a new home over time, ensuring that home buyers benefit from advances in home-building technology. The downward trend in the energy consumption of a new home, driven by stronger energy codes, is a crucial part of reducing greenhouse gas pollution emissions and keeping utility bills affordable.

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