Attending the ICC Conference in Detroit this September or know someone who is?. Taking 5 minutes to view this presentation can help ensure that ICC Final Action energy code changes deliver a solution to growing energy use and costs. Decisions made at the ICC Conference will
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or know someone who is?
Taking 5 minutes to view
this presentation can help ensure
that ICC Final Action energy code
changes deliver a solution
to growing energy use and costs.
at the ICC Conference will
impact homeowners’ ability
to deal with rising energy costs.
On the outside they may appear to be
in the interests of energy efficiency. . .
But, if approved these changes could:
Specific building products can only be disapproved for health or safety reasons.
Section 101.2 states:
This code establishes minimum prescriptive and
Section 101.3 states:
The intent of the code is “to permit the use of
innovative approaches and techniques to
achieve the effective use of energy.”
Builders will have 3 options to comply with the new code:
2. Use a costly high-density fiberglass product -- adds an average of nearly $1,000 to the cost of a new home
3. Attach additional insulation to the outside face of exterior walls – may have a similar cost to OSB or plywood in most markets, but it doesn’t provide a secure nailing surface and there are additional material and labor costs to brace the sheathing
Source: U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridges Laboratory
Source: Fourier’s Law of Thermodynamics
According to the Department of Energy only about 2-3% in annual energy cost savings or about $15/year
(Based on 2,000 sq.-ft. home with annual heating/cooling costs of $750)
Less than what’s achieved by installing a setback thermostat
Higher R-value levels increase building costs:
R-15 high-density batts are currently expensive, not readily available in most areas and are a rarely-used building material (source: NAHB)
NAHB estimates that for every $1,000 cost increase, more than 240,000 U.S. households are priced out of the new home market.
There was doubt at the Code Committee Level:
-- Said changes were not cost effective, not needed
Vote to approve EC-16 as submitted in Detroit!