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Code Development & Adoption

Strong building energy codes are one of the most effective, and cost-effective, mechanisms to increase the long-term energy efficiency of buildings. By the year 2035, about 75 percent of the U.S. building stock will be either new or renovated. The energy efficiency requirements of today's building codes have an immense impact on the buildings of tomorrow. Strong building codes, and widespread compliance with them, can reduce wasteful energy expenditure and enable substantial energy and cost savings.

IMT advocates for better building codes through code design, development, training, research, outreach, and advocacy. We also collaborate with numerous national and regional organizations to make building standards more effective worldwide.

Fostering Better Codes: IMT's Role

In the United States, IMT helps craft legislation related to codes and participates in the development of model codes and standards. We also assist state and local governments in improving and adopting green and energy codes. IMT is a member of the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition, and our advocacy work on the national level supports better energy codes for standards such as the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and various ASHRAE standards.

In the Washington, DC, region

As a DC-based organization, IMT has the opportunity to actively support stringent energy codes in the city's metropolitan area. IMT works regionally with local governments in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia to support the adoption and implementation of energy-efficient codes. We also provide trainings for local building owners and public officials around building codes and standards.

Around the world

IMT works to increase energy efficiency in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgystan. We previously worked on building energy codes with partners in Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet Union, as well as in China.


Our partners in developing and advocating for strong energy codes include:

Collaborating on the codes of the future

Collaborating on the codes of the future

In 2012, the Britt/Makela Group (BMG) began working with IMT as consultants. BMG will collaboratively develop code-change proposals to increase energy savings in renovations, alterations, and modifications. BMG will also research a platform conducive to reaching net-zero energy.