A Building Code with a Payback

On January 1, the State of Washington officially began using its new building code for new home and business construction. Though its implementation was delayed for two years, the research seems to point to significant savings for energy consumers, with a reasonable payback period for the additional up-front construction costs.

The Online Code Environment and Activation Network (OCEAN) reviewed the new rules and determined that Washingtonians will save approximately $76 million annually. Of course the economic value of that savings depends on the payback period, which the US Department of Energy has determined will be approximately 3 years (for a homeowner), according to a recent Sustainable Business article.

We’re always interested in new, forward-thinking policies, and like what we’ve read about Washington’s new code. If you’re interested in learning more, visit OCEAN and the Sustainable Business article for more.

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