DOE releases energy-saving requirements for federal buildings and new standards for appliances

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the release of new energy efficiency requirements for federal buildings that will take effect in 2023. Along with these requirements, the DOE also proposed new standards for residential room air conditioners and pool heaters to help consumers save on utility

bills. The new codes and standards are estimated to potentially save more than $15 billion in net costs over the next 30 years and allows the federal government to lead by example in energy efficiency. In April of 2023, all new federal buildings, and major retrofits to existing federal buildings, must comply

with the International Code Council’s 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the 2019 ASHRAE Standard 90.1. According to the DOE, implementation of the IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1 will save $4.2 million dollars in operating costs within the first year. Read more here.