Energy Codes Under Trump

Despite the change in federal leadership, the multi-tiered adoption of energy codes suggests that the Trump Administration is more likely to act as a speed bump than a detour.

Building codes, particularly those aimed at energy efficiency, play an increasingly important role in the building industry. You might think that with the election of Donald Trump as president-elect, backed (perhaps) by a Republican Congress, code upgrades might slow to a crawl. But that’s not how building codes work, especially on the home building level. Most are adopted at the state level, then morphed into something else at the local level. And even with a Climate Change denier occupying the White House, efforts to reduce energy waste are likely to continue, driven on by utilities and cities that can’t afford to build more infrastructure.

On this website and in the Fall issue of Green Builder,  you’ll learn about 2018 IECC hearings and their likely impact on the many types of code changes being suggested in the newest version. Homes will be built more efficiently, and as more states adopt the new codes, the bar will be raised.

Donald Trump has a few general ideas about how to boost housing a affordability, including lowering taxes to 15 percent on smaller businesses and eliminate many regulations that “kill jobs.” Whether or not he acts on these ideas probably won’t change the fact that stricter codes are here to stay.