CURRENT CODE Residential: 2003 IECC (Mandatory) Commercial: 2003 IECC (Mandatory) DEMOGRAPHICS Population: 3,642,361 Total Housing Units: 1,541,518 ENERGY CONSUMPTION Residential Sector: 302.5 Trillion BTU Commercial Sector: 239.7 Trillion BTU 60% of the natural gas supply in Oklahoma is consumed to heat homes. Residential use of natural gas costs $11.52/thousand cubic ft. Oklahoma is one of the top natural gas producing states in the nation. CODE CHANGE CYCLE Three year code review
Oklahoma will receive $46.7 Million from the federal government if the state adopts the latest energy codes: IECC 2009 (International Energy Conservation Code) ASHRAE 90.1 2007 (American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers) Accumulated residential sector savings, 2009 to 2030, would be: 6.4 trillion Btu of energy 450 thousand metric tons of CO2 (Equivalent to the annual emissions of 82,418 passenger vehicles) $47 million $47 million could pay more than the full undergraduate tuition for current students at private universities in Oklahoma
FINANCING OPPORTUNITIES: In February 2009 the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allocated $3.1 billion for U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program (SEP) to assist states with building energy efficiency efforts. As one of the requirements to receive SEP grants, state governors must certify to DOE that their state will implement energy codes of equal or greater stringency than the latest national model codes (currently IECC 2009 and Standard 90.1-2007). Thus, it is in the state’s best economic interests to adopt these standards statewide and begin enjoying the benefits of an efficient building sector.
CODE ADOPTION AND CHANGE PROCESS:
Legislative & Regulatory Process: Code changes must go through the state legislature, the governor, and be adopted by the Fire Marshal Commission.
For more information please consult the Building Codes Assistance Project (www.bcap-energy.org) or Nick Zigelbaum ([email protected]
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