DOE Gives Energy-Saving Rules for Buildings, Standards for Appliances - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions  -  April 1, 2022

DOE Gives Energy-Saving Rules for Buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced new building energy code requirements for federal buildings that will ensure that the federal government leads by example in energy efficiency. 

The DOE estimates the new codes and proposed standards, including both business and residential, can potentially save more than $15 billion in net costs over the next 30 years and also potentially save 2.2 quads of energy, equivalent to the energy use of 13 million homes in one year and reduce emissions equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of 14.4 million homes over a 30-year period. This builds upon the priorities of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which includes an unprecedented $225 million for state and local implementation of energy codes. 

“The Biden Administration is leading by example to cut energy use and reduce its carbon footprint by adopting the latest building standards that drive down operating costs and therefore save taxpayer dollars,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm in a statement. “Coupled with the appliance standards proposed today for American households, DOE is reiterating our commitment to reaching net zero carbon emissions, improving our air quality and keeping more money in the pockets of families across the country.” 

Beginning in April 2023, all new buildings and major retrofits constructed by the Federal government must comply with the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the 2019 American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers Standard 90.1 building energy codes. DOE estimates that this measure will save $4.2 million dollars in operating costs within the first year of implementation.  

The DOE is seeking comment from stakeholders on two proposed residential-focused rules for 60 days and will hold a public meeting to solicit feedback from industry and energy-efficiency stakeholders about energy conservation standards for room air conditioners and consumer pool heaters.



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