New Buildings Institute (NBI) and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) announced Codes for Climate™, an initiative to support development and adoption of climate-aligned new construction codes and existing building performance standards for states and cities that are advancing beyond what the national model codes are offering. To accelerate action on the current cycle of building code updates, Codes for Climate will:

  • work with multiple states and cities to provide the technical assistance needed to get climate-aligned codes;
  • engage in the ASHRAE and International Code Council (ICC) development processes to ensure forward progress on carbon-based outcomes for new construction and existing building renovations; and
  • develop codes and policies to meet the needs of states and cities working towards carbon free buildings.

Codes for Climate language will be developed to meet the urgency of achieving a 1.5°-degrees Celsius target in new construction by 2030.