November 22, 2019
Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code (UCC) has been in place since 2004, helping to keep Pennsylvania citizens safe, healthy, and comfortable, all while reducing their energy bills. Recently, Pennsylvania took a great leap forward in the efficiency of new construction by adopting the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), under which new homes are expected to use about 25 percent less energy and new commercial buildings more than 15 percent less energy. Energy codes are helping Pennsylvania achieve its goal of an 80 percent carbon emissions reduction by 2050, and improve community resilience, but much of the presumed energy savings depend on local municipalities. Attend this webinar for a brief overview of the history and potential future trajectory of the energy code and how your city, borough, or township can support this important policy. Learn about how local building departments work to improve community resilience, the challenges they face, and how you can support their efforts to ensure safe, healthy, comfortable, efficient, and resilient construction. Also learn about how the energy code can impact existing buildings undergoing renovations.
Local Incentives to Improve Building Efficiency and Community Resilience
February 26, 2020
Using Utility Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs to Enhance Community Resilience
March 31, 2020
Sustainable Pennsylvania Communities – Tools to Improve Community Resilience
April 30, 2020
Overview of Community Resilience and Energy Efficient Buildings
October 31, 2019
Cities and towns across the commonwealth from Chester to Monaca are creating and implementing resiliency plans to protect themselves from increasingly frequent extreme weather events and other emergencies. One common component of resilience planning is energy efficiency. This webinar will discuss how energy efficient buildings make communities more resilient by keeping residents comfortable and safe during power outages and improving housing affordability, household financial security, local economies, and public health.
Sponsored by PA Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program