Code Override: States and Cities Press Ahead on Efficiency Standards

The decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement ultimately may have little effect on the country’s ability to meet its pledge of reducing domestic greenhouse gas emissions to 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, thanks to several states and cities that have stepped up to the plate. In June, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) resolved to continuously strengthen the country’s model building energy code, the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), by putting it on a glide path to net-zero energy building construction by 2050—that is, each code cycle would be accompanied by progressively higher mandates in efficiency...Continue reading at Architect Magazine