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Energy Seat Addition to NC Building Code Council: Blocked, For Now

Despite strong bipartisan support provided during our 2019 Lobby Days, NCBPA's second priority legislation is currently on hold due to opposition from the home building industry.

NCBPA proposed an amendment that would add an Energy seat to the NC Building Code Council, which would provide an energy efficiency and clean energy expert on the council to help make decisions on future code changes. In addition to the Energy seat, NCBPA sought to add a second Building Commissioning seat, which is needed to increase the attention provided to commercial buildings and to keep the number of seats as an odd number (currently 17).

NCBPA had garnered a commitment from a legislator that was ready and willing to file our amendment this session, but, unfortunately, due to opposition from the home building industry, they are not willing to file it. NCBPA will continue to lobby for this bill during the 2019 session.


(Taken from the NCBPA, the North Carolina Building Performance Association)

Gov Update: Energy Efficiency Reductions in HB675

On page 3 line 26 of this bill, new language is included that would add a cost-benefit analysis of all proposed changes to the NC Energy Code based on a five-year payback period and impacts on the energy efficiency of the entire structure.NCBPA believes this language is yet another legislative attempt to prevent moderate improvements to energy efficiency and roll-back the mediocre standards we already have. Last session, energy efficiency requirements for attached residential garages were written out entirely with no financial justification at all in HB573 (page 4 section 2.(a)).

The vagueness of this language will make energy efficiency and clean energy improvements difficult to make for many years to come. And worse off, the financial analysis is to be performed by the Council itself, a body that - by statute - lacks an Energy professional in its ranks. How would the Council prove financial justification for a verification method like blower door testing in homes or the installation of EV charging stations in commercial buildings?

In addition, it will be incredibly challenging to tie the impacts of proposed energy code changes to the energy efficiency of the entire structure. Residential energy code changes already have to pass a substantial economic impact for any cost increase over $80 per housing unit. How will this new justification be applied?


(Taken from the NCBPA, the North Carolina Building Performance Association)

Gov Update: SB 338 - Enable Tiered Electricity Rates

SB 338 - Enable Tiered Electricity Rates, Create a Green Bank and Incentive ENERGY STAR Household Products

There is a NC Bill in the Senate called SB338, which enables tiered electricity rates across all ratepayer types to encourage energy efficiency, creates a "green bank" to be used for loans for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and creates an incentive for consumers to purchase ENERGY STAR household products.


(Taken from the NCBPA, the North Carolina Building Performance Association)

NC State Bill promotes Energy & Water Util Savings in State Buildings