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10. IECC Codes Resolution

1105368-1 : n : 12/18/2008 : MCS / tj LRS2008-4923

HJR _____ REQUESTING THE ADOPTION OF RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL ENERGY CODES WHEN A STATEWIDE BUILDING CODE IS ADOPTED.

WHEREAS, conservation of energy reduces our dependence on, and the impact of, the consumption of nonrenewable, foreign energy sources; and

WHEREAS, recognizing that a building's initial construction costs represent less than half of the building's entire costs over its 30 to 40 year life, emphasis should be placed on the "life cycle costs" of a building rather than solely on its initial capital costs; and

WHEREAS, energy efficiency and conservation can help reduce Alabama's water and air pollution and help meet the growing demand for electricity in Alabama; and

WHEREAS, Alabama has the highest rate of residential per capita electricity usage in the United States; and

WHEREAS, a homeowner who builds an energy efficient home can save money on energy costs and add to the comfort of the home environment; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That we hereby request that when the Alabama Building Commission adopts the Alabama State Building Code for commercial and residential structures, that an energy code based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), or a more recent version or more stringent code, be included as a component of the building code adopted and that future consideration be given to creating an internal statewide process to amend the code and increase the stringency, triennially, as new editions of the IECC are published.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to each member of the Alabama Building Commission.