Encouraging adoption and social acceptance of strong energy codes is a critical step toward reducing global emissions. California has worked to ensure energy efficiency in the built environment since 1978, when the state’s Energy Code (Title 24, Part 6) was added to its building code. One of California’s most effective strategies has been to encourage the construction community to participate in the code development process, enabling adoption of new code requirements by means of consensus.
In the conventional approach to making energy efficiency part of the building code, inspectors change behavior largely through enforcement (i.e., penalties). While this works to a certain degree, limited resources to ensure compliance—coupled with a lack of understanding of how to implement code requirements—means that builders need additional support to fully transition design/build practices to create the energy future we need.
Join us as we explore how California developed industry advocacy and education offerings designed to support the multitude of market actors involved in the compliance process. We will also discuss how empowering local governments to adopt “reach codes” that exceed state code has accelerated transformation by achieving local policy objectives.
Discover how the powerful combination of participation, enforcement, education, and empowerment works to change behavior in support of aggressive energy goals that support long-term climate and energy efficiency benefits. It can happen.
Workshop facilitator: Gina Rodda, Gabel Energy representing Energy Code Ace.
This workshop is presented by the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change conference and run by Energy Code Ace (EnergyCodeAce.com). BECC is the premier conference focused on understanding human behavior and decision making and applying that knowledge to accelerate our transition to a sustainable, low-carbon future. This year’s virtual conference takes place November 8-10, 2021. BECCConference.org.