Updating NC building codes to save energy

citizen input needed to urge adoption of 30% Efficiency

Today’s N&O article, “Efficient Homes, Bane or Boon?questions whether incorporating energy efficiency into new homes is cost effective and warranted during these difficult economic times.

Multiple studies show that homes with better insulated homes use less power and are more comfortable.    The cost to builders is nominal.

NC is considering changing its building code to require 30% more efficient homes for all new homes.  The decision was voted down and is not back on the table for a vote in December.

Using an average 2,000 sq. ft. home, an amount of $2,372 in up-front costs was determined for energy efficiency improvements, based upon the 2012 Code. The resulting net annual benefit to the homeowner would be $388 and reflect an average payback in only 4.8 years. The annual return on investment (ROI) is 6.1%. In contrast, today’s average Money Market fund returns less than 2.0%.                                                                                                                               (Figures courtesy of Van Crandall, Chief Operating Officer – AppleBlossom Insulators)

The North Carolina Green Builders data supports the same conclusion in their November 4th letter to Governor Purdue urging her to support the proposed NC Building Code changes.

“…the proposed code changes incur approximately $1 -$2 per square foot more in cost while saving between $30-100 a month in energy bills. This increase will pay for itself in less than 5 years with a 15-20% return on investment.”

This month citizens can give input and urge the Board Members to vote in favor of adopting the code change this December.

We cannot wait to adopt the 30% increase in building efficiency.

What can you do?

  • attend one of the two open meetings in November  (Nov 9th or 17th)
  • write the 17 Board Members that comprise the NC Building Code Council. The Board Members will again consider adoption of the 2012 NC Energy Conservation Code at their DECEMBER MEETING. The vote will occur on either 12/13 or 12/14. Public comments related to this topic will not be heard at the December meeting.
  • December 9th and 10th PHONE CALLS (last Thursday and Friday before the vote)

Click here to download AppleBlossom’s letter. The letter is the  best explanation of the adoption process and contains contact information for the Board Members.  Van has graciously given me permission to quote and post his letter.

Energy Code Ad-Hoc Committee MeetinGS

  • November 9, 2010 at 9:00am, the Energy Code Ad-Hoc Committee Meeting will convene. The Public can address the committee and provide verbal comments. Consider attending this meeting and making supportive comments for the 2012 NC Energy Conservation Code. The meeting will take place at:
    • NC Department of Insurance
      322 Chapanoke Road
      Raleigh, NC
      Downstairs Classroom (Room 100)
  • November 17, 2010 at 9:00am, the Energy Code Ad-Hoc Committee Meeting will convene. A second meeting to receive possible verbal public comments, only if citizens were not able to address the committee at the November 9th, meeting due to meeting time constraints. The meeting will take place at the same location listed above.


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  1. Pingback: Fundamental changes to energy efficiency/green building needs your support NOW! | Triangle Green Homes

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