[Greenbuilding] proof that stringent energy codes are effective

Guillermo Metz gm52 at cornell.edu
Mon Sep 27 10:23:56 PDT 2010


Where can one get the full paper/report? Thanks.
Guillermo Metz
Green Building and Renewable Energy Program Coordinator
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
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On Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 4:17 PM, Corwyn <corwyn at midcoast.com> wrote:

> On 9/23/2010 2:11 PM, Alan Abrams wrote:
>
> >   Are Building Codes Effective at Saving Energy? Evidence from
> Residential
> > Billing Data in Florida, NBER Working Paper, July, 2010
> >
> >
> > In response to the 1973 oil embargo, many states began passing building
> > energy codes in order to promote energy efficiency. While the vast
> majority
> > of states have energy codes in place, policymakers are now attempting to
> > legislate energy codes at the federal level to help address more recent
> > concerns about energy efficiency and climate change. Nevertheless,
> > surprisingly little is known about whether energy codes are an effective
> way
> > to reduce energy consumption in practice. This paper provides the first
> > evaluation of an energy-code change that uses residential billing data on
> > both electricity and natural gas, combined with data on observable
> > characteristics of each residence. The study takes place in Gainesville,
> > Florida, and the empirical strategy is based on comparisons between
> > residences constructed just before and just after Florida increased the
> > stringency of its energy code in 2002. We find that the increased
> stringency
> > of the energy code is associated with a 4-percent decrease in electricity
> > consumption and a 6-percent decrease in natural-gas consumption. The
> pattern
> > of savings is consistent with reduced consumption of electricity for
> > air-conditioning and reduced consumption of natural gas for heating. We
> also
> > estimate economic costs and benefits and find that the private payback
> > period for the average residence is 6.4 years. The social payback period,
> > which accounts for the avoided costs of air-pollution emissions, ranges
> > between 3.5 and 5.3 years.
>
> Any information on the embodied energy of the two sets of buildings?
>
> Thank You Kindly,
>
> Corwyn
>
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