The EPA has made massive changes in construction & building codes with the Obama administration. From new rules regarding lead paint to the percentage of energy efficient appliances & lighting you need to have in/on your property, knowing what's ahead in new legislation will help you stay ahead of the curve when looking to implement projects in 2012.
The EPA is implementing the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) into its new requirements. Everything from window installation, insulation, heating/cooling equipment & air-flow/ventilation through your home is addressed.
Here's what to look out for in 2012:
- Basement and crawl space insulation for climate zone 5 increases from R-10 to R-15.
- The requirement for window Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (reflective value) in climate zones 1-4 is more stringent. This also decreases the amount of daylight that passes through the window.
- The window U-factor (insulation value) in zones 2 through 8 is also more stringent.
- The percentage of high-efficiency light fixtures increases from 50% to 75%.