DEDICATED TO THE ADOPTION, IMPLEMENTATION, AND ADVANCEMENT OF BUILDING ENERGY CODES
the building codes assistance project today
009 was a truly unique year or energy codes andBCAP. The American Recovery and ReinvestmentAct (ARRA) brought codes ront and center– usingunding prerequisites to highlight both the im-portance and status o adoption and compliancein the states. Many states moved orward quicklyto adopt updated energy codes, some moresuccessully than others; opposition to strongerenergy codes certainly remains solid. In act, overtwo-thirds o all states took action towards adopt-ing the latest model energy codes but, as wereect back on 009, sixteen states have movedtheir code orward and at least two o those areacing possible reversals. Although the task re-mains extraordinary, the eort to help states makeprogress is clearly energized. There is a distinctawareness among advocates that this is the timeor energy codes to move. States have an unprec-edented opportunity to embrace proven cost-eective strategies in current codes to strengthentheir building sectors and leverage codes as aneective policy or pushing the nation’s housingmarket toward zero emissions. To assist in this task, BCAP has grown, addingnew initiatives, online tools, and sta. One o our most exciting initiatives o 009 is our newwebsite, OCEAN – the Online Code Environmentand Advocacy Network. This innovative site isdesigned to leverage our resources by provid-ing code advocates with a place to share bestpractices and inormation and collaborate in realtime. While BCAP has long worked directly withdisparate groups around the common goal o securing the implementation o energy codes, thedevelopment o OCEAN represents a sea-changein the way BCAP does business. OCEAN will bringresources and people together in a new way toexpand our reach and impact. To accomplish this goal, our sta has expandedto bring on valuable new skills and energy –strengthening our program work and leadingnew eorts. By bringing in new talent with exper-tise in building practice, the legislative process,on-the-ground outreach, and communications,BCAP is better positioned to deploy our resourcesstrategically to improve energy code adoptionand compliance. The stakes o the work ahead are high. Statesmaking advances last year will need additionalsupport to continue their positive momentum.Many states and jurisdictions are in unchartedterritory, with new codes and little experiencewith enorcement and compliance. Providingassistance to these places will dene our work in010 and in the years to come. We are thankul toour many supporters and look orward to continu-ing to work with our many allied organizationsto “ght the good ght” to save energy, protectconsumers, and improve our built environment.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTORBUILDING CODES ASSISTANCE PROJECT