S.C. adopts energy conservation code

Staff Report
Published April 16, 2012

Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, all buildings built in South Carolina will have to comply with the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code.

The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance said the code will help improve the overall energy efficiency of buildings in South Carolina.

“Buildings consume over 40% of all energy use and over 70% of all electricity in the United States, so updating the state’s building energy code will result in lower energy bills for South Carolina future homeowners, and improve the overall efficiency of the state’s economy,” said Michael Mills, alliance president. “Money unspent on energy waste is money spent elsewhere in the state economy, which can do nothing less than improve the economic benefits of those in the state.”

According to the Building Codes Assistance Project, the legislation could save the average South Carolinian $207 a year on their energy bills.

The bill was introduced by state Rep. Bill Sandifer, R-Oconee, in January and signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley earlier this month.

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