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New Model Energy Code to Boost Energy Efficiency of New and Renovated Homes and Buildings by 30 Percent


Contact: Jennifer Killinger (202) 249-6619  
Email: jennifer_killinger@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 29, 2011) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today applauded the International Code Council (ICC) for publishing the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). As this model code is adopted by states, it will help to improve the energy efficiency of new and renovated homes and commercial buildings by up to 30 percent over the 2006 version, using readily available technologies that are already being employed in construction every day. The code was overwhelming passed by building code officials last October in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is being hailed as “the most energy efficient model building code in history.”

“IECC 2012’s energy efficiency code represents tremendous progress,” said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council. “Companies that make and rely on plastics and other products of chemistry to create insulation, adhesives, sealants, other parts of the building envelope and energy efficient appliances welcome the new building code. We believe stronger energy efficiency standards in building codes will help to enhance our nation’s energy security and bring about lasting environmental benefits,” Russell said.

Many plastics and other products of chemistry will be important contributors to the implementation of IECC 2012 because reductions in heating and cooling losses can be obtained using:

  • Plastic weather stripping, caulks, sealants and tapes to help seal leaky air gaps around windows, doors, ducts and cracks;
  • Rigid foam board and spray foam in ceilings, walls, attics, roofs and foundations for effective energy efficient insulation; and
  • High tech energy efficient plastic windows and skylights that allow both good visibility and thermal efficiency.

Learn more about energy efficiency and plastics.


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