Mayor Backs More Efficient Building Codes
by Sharon Cooke, PIO, District of Columbia
Mayor Fenty of the District of Columbia has joined mayors from across the country to encourage more energy-efficient building codes.
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has joined mayors from across the country in calling for the adoption of more energy-efficient building standards. The reforms, known as the 30% Solution, would make new residential construction 30 percent more energy efficient. In a letter to the International Energy Code Committee, the mayoral coalition urged the committee “to take an ambitious, achievable and affordable step toward improving America’s energy efficiency.” “Climate change is beginning to affect our cities in ways we never imagined,” said Mayor Fenty. “A challenge like this requires a bold solution from multiple cities in multiple states.” Joining Mayor Fenty in his call to action are Mayors Michael Bloomberg (New York City), Manny Diaz (Miami), Greg Nickels (Seattle), Doug Palmer (Trenton) and Will Wynn (Austin). George Hawkins, Director of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) was encouraged by the possibility of changes and said, “Incorporating these changes will reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.” “The 30% Solution” includes: • Higher-efficiency window requirements • Increased flexibility and higher efficiency for insulation requirements • Improved building envelope sealing to reduce air leaks • Increased flexibility and higher efficiency and function • HVAC sizing requirements to maximize efficiency and function • Lighting efficiency improvements • Improvements to energy modeling methodologies • Consolidation of codes to reduce market confusion The group says that the proposal can ease the mounting energy demand that drives new power plant construction needs, help stabilize electricity costs and enhance affordability for home owners, and create green jobs for our communities. Nationally, it will enhance the country’s industrial competitiveness and create more vibrant markets for homebuilders. Globally, it will assist in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Public hearings on the 2009 Building Code Development are tentatively scheduled for February 18 – March 2, 2008. For more details, please visit ddoe.dc.gov.