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ACC Statement on Federal Energy Efficiency Code Updates

Matthew Kastner

WASHINGTON (April 24, 2024) – The American Chemistry Council and its member companies welcome the newly adopted energy codes for federally supported homes. This important update from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) marks a significant leap forward in energy efficiency for new homes.  

Across the United States, high utility bills are costing homeowners a significant portion of their monthly incomes. Updating the Minimum Energy Standards for new homes to the 2021 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2019 will save families money, make them more comfortable in their homes, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to previous standards. Reduced energy costs that yield monthly savings for owners and occupants help to boost the local economy and lower home operating expenses.

This update is a win for the environment and family budgets.

ACC has consistently encouraged federal agencies to regularly update energy codes. Stronger energy codes will require greater use of high-performance building materials to meet energy efficiency targets. As the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) notes: “Houses and multifamily buildings meeting the up-to-date codes generally have more insulation in the walls and roofs, better air sealing and windows, and more energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, including better-sealed ducts.”

Plastic makers help create many of the durable, modern materials that enable improved energy efficiency, from high-performance building insulation and sealants that help reduce air leakage, to roof membranes and coatings that protect against moisture and help keep roofs cooler in hot climates.

We encourage the Federal Housing Finance Agency to direct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to adopt these codes for more homes.

American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division

The American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division represents America’s Plastic MakersSM and the half million+ scientists, engineers, technicians, and other innovators who make plastics for many essential and lifesaving products that are vital to modern life. America’s Plastic Makers continue to embrace change. We’re linking innovation with sustainability, deploying next generation technologies to make plastics lighter, stronger, more efficient and more recyclable, so we can meet our goal for 100% of U.S. plastic packaging to be reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040. We’re making sustainable change to help build a cleaner, safer, more sustainable future for generations to come. 

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.

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