The White House estimated that those living in the new homes will save 35% on energy bills compared to those whose homes are built to current standards.
The private consortium that writes the nation’s codes sided with industry over Biden. A new push to clean up federal buildings may put pressure on builders.
Big polluters tightened control over the nation’s building codes last year. Now fresh meddling from a gas utility has stoked fears for the future.
Mundane as it may seem, the future of U.S. climate policy could rest on what happens over the next few years with national building codes.
The nonprofit consortium that oversees much of the nation's building codes just gave the construction and gas industries more control over the process.
The Energy Department wants the nonprofit that sets model codes to justify its industry-backed bid to block cities from adopting more energy-efficient rules.
It all comes down to luck and strong building codes.