Enhancing Building Energy Resiliency Through Building Performance Standards and Energy Codes

Buildings are confronting heightened vulnerabilities due to the shifting climate, resulting in amplified risks such as extreme weather events, rising temperatures, and energy supply fluctuations. States and jurisdictions can leverage building standard metrics and integrate community considerations to bolster resilience in new and existing structures. This resource provides strategies that enhance building energy resiliency through building performance standards and building energy codes to effectively harmonize building performance objectives with broader community needs. The primary objective of these ordinances is to elevate the overall performance of buildings. By assessing building resiliency, incorporating community-specific needs, and proposing implementation strategies, this resource seeks to empower state energy offices, policymakers, communities, and advocates to build and retrofit structures that can withstand, adapt, and thrive in the face of ongoing climate risks.

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