APGA Submits Testimony Regarding Concerns with Building Codes Legislation

By Stuart Saulters posted 02-13-2020 12:21 PM

On February 12, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy held a congressional hearing titled, Saving Energy: Legislation to Improve Energy Efficiency and Storage. The event allowed for the representatives to receive input from the Under Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on six bills. Of most impact to APGA members was H.R. 3962, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.

There are significant negative impacts on the building code development and implementation processes in this legislation. The APGA testimony that was submitted highlights these concerns. In addition to this, several members of the subcommittee, including the Ranking Member, Fred Upton (R-Mich.), expressed alarm on the codes language. A representative from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) also testified, and he shared his apprehension on the bill’s harmful impact to the existing code processes. To see more on this hearing, click here. To see APGA’s submitted testimony, click here.

For question on this article, please contact Stuart Saulters of APGA staff by phone at 202-544-1334 or by email at ssaulters@apga.org.