Building Energy Codes: Policy Overview and Good Practices

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Globally, 32% of total final energy consumption is attributed to the building sector. To reduce energy consumption, energy codes set minimum energy efficiency standards for the building sector. With effective implementation, building energy codes can support energy cost savings and complementary benefits associated with electricity reliability, air quality improvement, greenhouse gas emission reduction, increased comfort, and economic and social development. This policy brief seeks to support building code policymakers and implementers in designing effective building code programs.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages20
StatePublished - 2016

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-65542


  • building codes
  • comfort
  • economic and social development
  • EE
  • energy consumption
  • energy efficiency
  • greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)
  • policy design
  • reliability


Dive into the research topics of 'Building Energy Codes: Policy Overview and Good Practices'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this