This is not a term we come across often. But it is prevalent in the US and is very much applicable here. So what exactly is the Building Energy Code?
Building Energy Codes set specific limits for energy consumption of buildings at the time of construction or major renovation. The best part about these codes is that they help you make long-term, sustainable and energy efficient choices, which help you in the long run. These codes, if followed in the prescribed manner help a great deal in saving energy and curbing pollution. Simple solutions such as the use of efficient windows or thicker insulation can make a significant difference in your energy bills.
While the code was being constructed, it wasn’t really that effective. The reason behind this was that various proposals came up which diluted the purpose and power of this code. However, getting past all this, the code is strong as ever and is now showing its results too. In fact, in the 2018 version, proposals came up that managed to strengthen the code, its applicability and effectiveness. The application of this code will keep track of how both homes and commercial buildings save much money and energy.
For homes and residential complexes to match the code and its needs, they have to reach at least the minimum efficiency standards stated by the energy code. Only then will they get the tag of “energy efficient”.
There are a variety of aspects considered by the energy code, right from utilising renewable resources on-site daylighting controls, and buildings and constructions have to fulfil these criteria to vie for the “energy efficient” tag. Every year, there are new proposals which add-on as criteria for the energy code of that year.
Energy Codes are paving the way towards curbing pollution by practical use of energy. Setting standards is a way of ensuring that people know the guidelines they have to follow towards creating energy efficient homes.