Energy-efficiency standards overview
Energy codes, for example, contain standardized building specifications that are intended to achieve a minimum level of energy-efficiency. Like building codeA set of rules established by a government agency that specifies design, building procedures, and construction details.s, most energy codes apply to new construction and rehab projects that exceed stated thresholds related to cost or scope. In built-out communities with little available land, requirements that apply when buildings are sold may be a more effective way to reduce residential energy consumption. These policies require certain energy-efficiency standards to be met when a property changes hands. To limit the financial impact on property owners, point-of-sale requirements typically include a ceiling on the value of repairs that must be completed in connection with a single home sale, which may be expressed as a flat dollar amount or a share of the building’s value.
Municipal planning and building inspection departments