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South Carolina Gap Analysis Report

South Carolina Gap Analysis Report

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Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP)
BCAP is a non-profit advocacy organization established in 1994 as a joint initiative of the Alliance to SaveEnergy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and the Natural Resources DefenseCouncil. BCAP focuses on providing state and local governments in the U.S., as well as stakeholderorganizations, with support on code adoption and implementation through direct assistance, research,data analysis, and coordination with other activities and allies. With over sixteen years of experiencesupporting numerous state energy offices and city building departments, along with tracking codeactivities across the country, BCAP is well-positioned to assist in local and statewide activity to advanceenergy codes. As a trusted resource, BCAP is able to identify and navigate past policy and programmaticpitfalls to help states and jurisdictions put the best possible strategy in place to improve efficiency inboth new and existing buildings. Our work brings together local efforts, identifies national-scale issues,and provides a broad perspective, unbiased by corporate/material interests. BCAP also hosts OCEANan online international best practice network for energy codesand is increasingly working abroad togather and share best practices that provide value across organizations.
 
 
 
 
 
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Table of Contents
Acronyms and Abbreviations ........................................................................................................................ 5Executive Summary ....................................................................................................................................... 6Introduction .................................................................................................................................................. 8State Overview .......................................................................................................................................... 9Construction Overview ....................................................................................................................... 10Energy Portfolio .................................................................................................................................. 11Potential Savings from Energy Codes ................................................................................................. 11Adoption ..................................................................................................................................................... 13Federal Policy .......................................................................................................................................... 13EPAct ................................................................................................................................................... 13The Recovery Act ................................................................................................................................ 13State Policy .............................................................................................................................................. 14Political Environment and Energy Code Adoption .............................................................................. 14Recent Energy Codes-related Legislation ........................................................................................... 15Other Building Codes in South Carolina .............................................................................................. 15Energy Codes for State-funded Facilities ............................................................................................ 15Statewide Climate Change Initiatives ................................................................................................. 16Overview of Green and Above-Code Programs .................................................................................. 16Local Policy .............................................................................................................................................. 18IECC, IBC, and IRC ................................................................................................................................ 18Local Adoption Challenges .................................................................................................................. 18Energy Codes for Municipal-funded Facilities .................................................................................... 19Local Climate Change Initiatives ......................................................................................................... 19Overview of Local Green and Above-Code Building Program ............................................................ 20Adoption Summary: Best Practices and Recommendations .................................................................. 21Implementation .......................................................................................................................................... 22Overview of State and Local Implementation Policies ........................................................................... 22Outreach ................................................................................................................................................. 22State’s Role in Promoting Codes ......................................................................................................... 23

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