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1 Action Plan for Advancing Energy Efficiency through Building Codes: National Webinar April 21, 2010

2 TODAYS AGENDA 5 minutes Welcome and Introductions Cammy Watkins, Sierra Club Clean Energy Solutions Coordinator 5 minutes Why Buildings? Overview of Building Energy Codes and Potential Impacts and Benefits Harry Misuriello (ACEEE), Energy Efficient Codes Coalition 15 minutes The Role of Cities as Government Members and Their Voting Representatives in the Adoption of the International Code Councils Model Energy Code (IECC) Harry Misuriello (ACEEE), Energy Efficient Codes Coalition 10 minutes How Local Governments Changed the Debate on Efficient Codes in 2009 IECC... The Opportunity to Do It Again Harry Misuriello (ACEEE), Energy Efficient Codes Coalition 5 minutes Summary of Action Items Cammy Watkins, Sierra Club 20 minutes Moderated Q&A (Active participation by meeting participants by phone)

3 Welcome and Introductions Cammy Watkins Sierra Club

4 Why Buildings? Buildings use 40% of energy in U.S., cause 40% of CO 2 emissions Energy-efficient buildings: – Reduce stress on power grid and natural gas supplies – Improve air quality and public health – Mitigate climate change – Increase energy security – Save consumers money

5 What Are Building Energy Codes? Specific, detailed design and construction criteria that must be met, approved to receive building permit Professional associations, standard-setting organizations create, discuss, debate, amend ICC – International Energy Conservation Code ASHRAE - Standard 90.1 Energy Code Minimums = The Least Energy- Efficient Building You Can Legally Build

6 What Are Building Energy Codes? Amendment process occurs once every three years State & Local Officials Vote for Final ICC Commercial & Residential Code – todays webinar 50-Member Standing Standards Project Committee (SSPC) Sets ASHRAE 90.1 Commercial Code State and Local Codes are then adopted and administered, enforced by State and Local Officials

7 Why Is the International Energy Conservation Code ® (IECC) So Important? National Model Energy Code of Choice - 40 States and D.C. Cited throughout federal law for: – National private and Federal housing initiatives – Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007 (EISA) – Energy Conservation & Production Act, as amended National benchmark for single family homes, townhomes, low-rise condominiums & apartments – Manufactured Housing (HUD 24 CFR 3280) – Energy Efficient Mortgage Programs (FHA, VA, Fannie & Freddie)

8 What Are the Benefits of Stronger Building Energy Codes? Save energy, stabilize homeowner & business costs, fewer utility shut-offs Delays need for new municipal power plants Quality homes/buildings = improved comfort, health, environment and fewer greenhouse gas emissions Generate immediate positive cash flow to building owners & occupants Because buildings last for decades, improvements benefit future generations Moves America closer to energy independence

9 By 2030, DOE estimates that full adoption and implementation of 30% model codes in America's homes and buildings has the potential to save approximately 2.7 Quads of energy per year and to avoid nearly 160 million metric tons of C02 equivalents per year, which could potentially save consumers up to $20 billion in annual energy expenditures. DOE Asst. Sec David Rodgers, testimony 7/08 What is The 30% Solution 2012? What can a 30% energy code do?

10 Government National Association of State Energy Officials ICLEI Broad-Based Energy Efficiency Grps The Alliance to Save Energy American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) United Nations Foundation Institute for Market Transformation Regional Energy Alliances Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) Northwest Energy Codes Group Northwest Energy Coalition Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) Academia/Think Tanks American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment Center for Resource Solutions Institute for Market Transformation New Buildings Institute Who Supports The 30% Solution? Affordable Housing Advocates Global Green Local Initiatives Support Corporation Enterprise Community Partners Housing Assistance Council National Housing Institute National Low Income Housing Coalition Energy-Efficient Home Construction New Buildings Institute Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Consumers Federation of America Environmental Groups 2020 Vision Environment America Ed Mazria, Architecture 2030 Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Sierra Club of California National Wildlife Federation Center for Environment, Commerce & Energy Climate Crisis Coalition Community Environmental Council Environmental Law and Policy Center Faith-Based Groups American Values Network

11 Labor Apollo Alliance Blue Green Alliance Business American Chemistry Council Business Council for Sustainable Energy Cardinal Glass Current Energy Extruded Polystyrene Foam Association (XPSA) North American Insulation Manufacturers Assn (NAIMA) Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Assn (PIMA) Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Environmental Business Council Northwest Environmental Business Council Energy Consumers Consumers Federation of America Energy Outreach Colorado Public Citizen Utilities Edison Electric Institute American Public Power Association National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association Who Supports The 30% Solution?

12 T he Role of Local Governments Voting Delegates in Final Action Hearings for the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) ICC Development Process – IECC Development Hearings – IECC Final Action Hearings

13 A Unique Opportunity to Lead – Local Governments can directly participate in setting Americas national energy, environmental and climate policy future. Your Local Governments Employees Control the Outcome – ICC Government Members (your municipal/county code officials) in Charlotte this fall will decide fate of the 2012 IECC Significant Impact of Success or Failure IECC could impact millions of homes to be built through 2015 –Annual Impacts by 2030: 3 Quads, 160 MMT CO2, and $20 billion consumer savings Why Local Governments Must Get Involved

14 Final Action Hearing on 2012 IECC When:October 28-November 1, 2010 Where:Charlotte Convention Center Charlotte, NC Proposals to amend (improve) Energy efficiency will dominate the agenda, be voted on Local government VOTES are crucial because Only Government Members Vote at ICC Final Action Hearings …

15 Final Action Hearing on 2012 IECC A Numbers Game that Depends On: 1.How Many Municipal Voting Representatives Are in the Room, and 2.Whether They Vote for Energy Efficiency At the Final Action Hearing for the 2009 IECC, 64% Supported EECCs Slate of Energy Savings Proposals

16 Three Potential Charlotte Outcomes Bad 50% or fewer vote for Energy Efficiency Good 50%+1 vote for Energy Efficiency The Best 2/3 vote for Energy Efficiency Single Model Energy Code from ICC? NoYes Commercial Efficiency Gains over 2006 IECC Minimal30% Residential Efficiency Gains over 2006 IECC %30%Nearly 40%

17 A Good Outcome – 50% + 1 Vote Proposals only requiring a simple majority: DOEs Package (EC-13) would boost the 2009 IECC by 25% Nine EECC proposals would add another 5%, bringing total improvements to 30% Assembly Action would substitute the IECC for the weaker Energy Chapter (11) of the International Residential Code

18 The Best Outcome: The 30% Solution 2012 Dynamic improvements that boost efficiency of the 2012 IECC by nearly 40% boost over the 2006 IECC. It includes: – Three Major Proposals: RE-1 & RE-2 make IECC ICCs only model energy code EC-25/30 Plus, Comprehensive proposal to boost efficiency of 2009 IECC by 20-25%; 2006 IECC by >30%. – 32 Individual Proposals, many – but not all –included in 30Plus. The 30% Solution 2012 addresses virtually every part of new home energy efficiency subject to code requirements – space heating and cooling, thermal envelope, duct sealing, air sealing, hot water heating and lighting.

19 The Best Outcome EECCs 30Plus/EC-25 Package compiles 13 individual energy saving code proposals to ensure: More Efficient Windows & Doors More Efficient Lighting (IECC scope expansion) Increased Insulation – For Walls – For Foundations and Basements – For Floors – For Ceilings (with and without attics) – For Circulating Hot Water Systems Better Duct Testing/Less Air Leakage And there are 19 other energy-saving EECC proposals in addition to the 30Plus Package

20 How Mayors/Jurisdictions Changed the National Debate on Energy Efficiency the Last Time (in the 2009 IECC...) The Opportunity to Do It Again in Charlotte This October (for the 2012 IECC …)

21 The Rules Your citys Government Membership and the list of your 4, 8, or 12 authorized voting representatives must be received/renewed by October 18, Your voting representatives must be in the room to cast their vote. A simple majority is needed to approve recommendations from last falls code development hearings in Baltimore; 2/3 majority to overturn them.

22 Only Government Members ICC Final Action Hearings Cost of Government Membership & Number of Eligible Voting Reps depends on population: Population Annual ICC Dues Annual # of Eligible Votes 0-50,000$ 100Four (4) 50, ,000$ 180Eight (8) 150,001+$ 280Twelve (12)

23 The Importance of Pro-Efficiency Voting Representatives in Charlotte Freeing Travel Funds to Send Your Maximum Allowed Delegation to Charlotte This Fall May Be One of the Most Cost Effective Energy Efficiency Investments Your City Will Make in 2010.

24 Summary of Action Items Cammy Watkins Sierra Club

25 Next Steps for Advocacy Groups Identify local government allies and send letter notifying about code hearings Follow up with phone calls and face to face meetings Set up or assist in hosting Regional webinars Invite government officials to participate in Regional Webinars Follow up with webinar participants The Key to ensuring we have the votes needed to win at the FAH is FOLLOW UP, FOLLOW UP FOLLOW UP!!

26 A Checklist for Mayors Participate in Informational Webinars Join or Renew Your ICC Government Membership by October 18, 2010 (Population-based annual dues: $ ) Submit/Update your list of voting representatives coming to the Charlotte Final Action Hearings by October 18, 2010 (4, 8, or 12, based on population) Arrange your delegations travel & lodging Urge your voting representatives to support The 30% Solution 2012

27 Questions? Cammy Watkins Harry Misuriello For more information about The 30% Solution 2012 visit:

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