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West Virginia Gap Analysis_0

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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 advancecodes. As a trusted resource, BCAP is able to identify and navigate past policy and programmatic pitfallsto help states and jurisdictions put the best possible strategy in place to improve efficiency in both newand existing buildings. Our work pulls together local efforts, identifies national-scale issues, and providesa broad perspective, unbiased by corporate/material interests. BCAP also hosts OCEANan onlineinternational best practice network for energy codesand is increasingly working abroad to gather andshare best practices that provide value across organizations.
 
 
 
 
 
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Table of Contents
Acronyms and Abbreviations ........................................................................................................................ 5The Executive Summary ................................................................................................................................ 6Introduction .................................................................................................................................................. 7State Overview .......................................................................................................................................... 7Construction Overview ......................................................................................................................... 8Energy Portfolio .................................................................................................................................... 9Potential Savings from Energy Codes ................................................................................................. 10Adoption ..................................................................................................................................................... 10Federal Policy .......................................................................................................................................... 10EPAct ................................................................................................................................................... 11The Recovery Act ................................................................................................................................ 11State Policy .............................................................................................................................................. 12Political Environment and Energy Code Adoption .............................................................................. 12Other West Virginia Building Codes .................................................................................................... 13Energy Codes for State-funded Facilities ............................................................................................ 13Statewide Climate Change Initiatives ................................................................................................. 13Overview of Green and Above-Code Programs .................................................................................. 14Local Policy .............................................................................................................................................. 15Local Adoption Challenges .................................................................................................................. 15Energy Codes for Municipal-funded Facilities .................................................................................... 16Local Climate Change Initiatives ......................................................................................................... 16Overview of Local Green and Above-Code Building Programs ........................................................... 17Adoption Summary: Best Practices and Recommendations .................................................................. 18Implementation .......................................................................................................................................... 18Overview of State and Local Implementation Policies ........................................................................... 19Outreach ................................................................................................................................................. 19State’s Role in Promoting Codes ......................................................................................................... 19Local Government’s Role in Promoting Codes.................................................................................... 19Stakeholders’ Role in Promoting Codes .............................................................................................. 20 Enforcement Community ........................................................................................................................ 20Overview of Enforcement Infrastructure ............................................................................................ 20

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