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Improved Fenestration Energy Performance Code Enforcement Benefits Triple Bottom Line

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Thursday, August 14, 2014

Code officials sometimes overlook fenestration energy performance, but improved enforcement can bolster your triple bottom line (TBL).

With fewer than 30 percent of commercial buildings using high-performance glazing and savings of seven to 15 percent possible in homes, more rigorous code enforcement is essential for making our communities greener, cleaner, and more sustainable.

So, how much room is there for improvement?

According to a 2012 study by
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories (LBNL), aggregate energy lost through inefficient windows amounts to $50 billion annually.

While many people believe the transportation industry is the largest source of energy consumption in America, it is actually buildings. Given this staggering cost of inefficiency, improved energy code enforcement can strengthen the TBL.

One way it does this is by creating jobs for codes experts, energy auditors, weatherization specialists, and system commissioning agents.

Another way it contributes to the TBL is by reducing cooling costs. Over and above creating more comfortable and affordable living conditions, this also leaves consumers with extra money to spend on other goods and services.


Furthermore, improved energy code enforcement helps building occupants reap the benefits of daylighting. Studies show this improves productivity, leading to increased profits. This additional revenue can then be used for business refinements, including investments in employee education and benefits.


Finally, all these benefits working together allow an organization to polish its reputation as an upstanding corporate citizen.  


One option for realizing improved fenestration energy code enforcement is linking proof of compliance to eligibility for federal funding. This would highlight its importance among local governments and throughout the private sector while helping our communities thrive.

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