Energy code provisions in House bill enhance product neutrality

May 08, 2017

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) Vice President, Government Affairs Andrew Dodson issued the following statement regarding the introduction of H.R. 2361 by Reps. Marsha Blackburn (TN) and Kurt Schrader (OR). The bill encourages product neutrality in building energy codes and defines the role of the Department of Energy (DOE) as a technical advisor in the development of model energy codes and subsequent state adoption.

“The Blackburn-Schrader bill is a step toward ensuring product neutrality so that all building materials have equal opportunity to contribute to meeting building energy efficiency standards. The bill directs DOE to act as Congress originally intended and to not engage in picking product winners and losers in the energy code adoption process.

“The wood products industry supports economically and technically feasible building energy regulations. Wood buildings sequester carbon from the atmosphere, have a lower embodied energy and can be constructed to use operating energy at a level rivaling that of the best performing buildings. A green building that begins with lower embodied energy and requires less operating energy will ultimately save on energy bills.

“AWC thanks Representatives Blackburn and Schrader for their work to ensure product and technology neutrality in the energy code development and adoption process.”