Overcoming Codes and Standards Barriers to Innovations in Building Energy Efficiency

March/April 2015
This online-only article is a supplement to the March/April 2015 print edition of Home Energy Magazine.
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February 15, 2015
Building codes have really motivated builders to increase the energy efficiency of new homes in recent years. But as quickly as the codes are changing, new products are coming to the market even faster. Sometimes these new products make possible approaches and construction techniques that were unknown when the current code was first proposed—which might have been several years before it was adopted by various jurisdictions. Due to this delay, the codes themselves can become barriers to innovations that might further increase the efficiency, comfort, health, or durability of new homes.

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