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As heat alerts affected nearly 110 million people, a third of the U.S. population across 15 states, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a new report on July 13 called "Enhancing Resilience in Buildings Through Energy Efficiency." The report — which followed a study by a team of energy experts from DOE's Building Energy Codes Program, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – outlines the value for states and communities that adopt the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to enhance resilience in response to more frequent and intense extreme weather events attributed to a changing climate.
The report underscores the impact of the 2021 IECC in protecting occupants from extreme temperatures due to power outages associated with hazard events.
The report's findings serve as a clarion call for policymakers to adopt the IECC. The IECC's requirements include the following: