City Energy Project: Code Compliance in Cities: Assessing Progress and Identifying Improvements

A strong building energy code is one of the most affordable and effective mechanisms for advancing energy efficiency in buildings, and the national model building energy codes have increased energy saving potential by nearly 30% from 2006 to 2012. Ensuring compliance with building energy codes is a simple, ready-made way for cities to realize energy and carbon savings without the passage of any new policies. This fact sheet highlights the benefits of performing a code compliance assessment and describes the four-phases of the assessment methodology for code compliance.

This resource is part of the City Energy Project Resource Library. Launched in 2019, the library is the culmination of 6+ years of work on-the-ground in 20 U.S. cities to reduce energy use in large buildings. The City Energy Project is a joint project of IMT and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). For more information, visit www.cityenergyproject.org.