NAR sent a letter to members of Congress this week, urging them to move forward with legislation which would address several national energy challenges, including energy efficient building codes.
H.R. 8 includes language that would encourage meaningful energy savings for buildings by ensuring that new model building energy codes are achievable, technology-neutral and cost-effective. The “Blackburn/Schrader” provision also increases transparency, requiring the Department of Energy (DOE) to publish all proposals/analysis, and strengthens DOE’s role as a technical advisor, but prohibits their lobbying activities on building code language.
The letter was signed by several real estate and development stakeholder groups, including the National Assoc. of Home Builders and the National Multifamily Housing Council.