House Approves Energy Bill that Would Boost Housing Affordability

Filed in Advocacy, Codes and Standards by on December 3, 2015 4 Comments

Eco Energy

The House today approved NAHB-supported legislation that would reform the role of the Department of Energy (DOE) in the development of energy codes and encourage meaningful savings for residential construction that are achievable and cost-effective.

Of note to the housing community, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015 (H.R. 8) would promote energy efficiency in buildings while ensuring that home builders and home owners are not burdened by unreasonable regulations.

Specifically, H.R. 8 would:

  • Improve affordability by requiring any DOE-supported code or code-change proposal to have a payback period of 10 years or less, meaning that these higher costs are paid back through utility savings.
  • Increase transparency in the development of model building energy codes by ensuring that all DOE code-change proposals are made available to the public, including calculations on costs and savings.
  • Ensure product neutrality by prohibiting DOE from advocating on behalf of certain products or technologies.
  • Protect a state’s right to adopt any code, standard or version deemed appropriate.

For more information, contact Billie Kaumaya at 800-368-5242 x8570.

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  1. Gustave Sague says:

    When the $2,000 Tax Credit for builders will be approved again???? Builders and waiting for that incentive again to resume Building Energy Efficiency Homes!!!

    • NAHB Now says:

      NAHB is working diligently with lawmakers in both chambers of Congress to renew a number of temporary tax provisions known as tax extenders that expired this year, including the 45L tax credit for energy-efficient new homes. Bills are pending in the House and Senate, and we continue to urge Congress to renew this tax extender package before adjourning for the year. Updates will be posted to NAHB Now as soon as additional information becomes available.

  2. Eric says:

    As a part of the tax-extenders legislation, please make sure the 25C energy-efficiency tax credit includes insulation installation costs as eligible for the credit too. Please also make sure congress extends both the 25C and 45L energy efficiency credits forward, at least through 2016 and ideally through 2017.

    These “after-thought” tax credits are not helpful when they can’t be promoted throughout the year to builders and developers, and homeowners alike. Every year there is no guarantee it will be retroactively passed, so it’s not something that can be used effectively as a sales tool to encourage investment in more energy-efficient building practices. The further out we can extend the tax-credit, the more confidence and investment you’ll see towards it.

    • NAHB Now says:

      As we noted previously, NAHB is working tirelessly to renew the tax extenders package that expired last year, and we are hoping at least for a two-year extension, retroactive to 2015 and through 2016. We fully support and advocate for extending the 25C tax credit, as well as 45L. We expect that when 25C is extended, it will include the same eligible building envelope components as in years past. You’ll want to review IRS Notice 2009-53 for all the details. There may be updates to the baseline energy codes, and we will provide full details on any changes once they are available to us.

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