Model energy code


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Model energy code

A building code that requires houses to meet certain energy efficiency standards such as insulation levels or energy consumption. Like most building codes, it is adopted on either a state or local basis, if at all, and may be amended.
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The Model Energy Code sets minimum requirements for insulation levels, but it is often cost-effective to exceed these levels.
Furthermore, 11 states already have state building codes that exceed the minimum guidelines established by the 1989 Model Energy Code.
All homes in Civano are at least 50 percent more efficient than the 1995 Model Energy Code.
The award recognized Tucson's Spanish Trails community, where the homes are engineered to use 50 percent less energy than the model energy code and 30 percent less than required by the EPA's Energy Star homes program.
The honored programs, exceeding Model Energy Code (MEC) requirements, are the Edison Electric Institute's E Seal program; Comfort Home; the ENERGY STAR program; the Johns Manville Performance Home program; and the Alaska Craftsman Home program.
Thus, the community's homes are 30 percent more energy efficient than homes built under the standard model energy code.
The company's Retreat at the Bluffs homes, in Tucson, are already being built to standards 50 percent more efficient than the Model Energy Code (MEC).
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