Cool Codes Toolkit

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Cool Codes Toolkit

Postby StephanieCutts » Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:33 pm

Cool Codes Toolkit

Take our Cool Codes Toolkit and learn how you can start promoting more energy efficient homes in your State!

The International Code Council (ICC) has released the 2009 energy efficient codes updates. According to analysis of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) the new codes will see an average energy efficiency increase of approximatly13% to 15% above the previous energy code. This is the largest increase in energy efficiency in the history of the ICC! The Cool Cities team is excited about this historic increase and is ready to move to the next steps of state adoption and implementation.

Each state has different method for adopting the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Below are a few steps for you to take to get started working on a Energy Efficient Building Codes Campaign in your area.

Click here to download the Toolkit:

Download customizable letters to the editor, talking points, and state specific information!
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Re: Cool Codes Toolkit

Postby Cammy » Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:23 pm

NOTE: In the Non-Priority States spreadsheet. There is a correction, Maine has adopted the 2009 IECC codes.
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Code Advocacy in Legislative Adoption States

Postby Cammy » Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:53 am

How can you support the adoption of 2009 IECC in a legislative adoption state?

Several states across the country adopt codes through a legislative process only. The Cool Codes Campaign is a c(3) organizing campaign only, which makes it difficult for activists to advocate for the adoption of 2009 IECC.
Educating the public about the benefits of stronger energy efficiency building codes is a great way to promote the adoption, without advocating for policy. Below are a few suggestions on how to educate the public in your area.

1) Reach a wide audience
Decision makers are more likely to be influenced by a diverse group of people who support an issue as opposed to a group with a single focus. Try contacting local builders or code officials in your area that support energy efficiency and educate them on the benefits of stronger energy efficiency building codes.

2) Host community forums
Community meetings/forums are a great way to garner media attention and also educate the public about the issue. Many city residents have little to no knowledge of energy building codes. Through hosting an introductory meeting you can educate the public and encourage them to send educational letters or post cards to their administrative public officials. Click the link below to download a post card that is c(3) compliant for legislative adoption states.

3) Submit Letters to the Editor (LTE)
LTEs are a good way to reach out to the media without hosting large events or pitching directly to a reporter. By encouraging several of your coalition members to submit LTEs you can create a media "drum beat" that gives the impression that their is a large public interest in energy building codes. Because this is a c(3) campaign you cannot call for public officials to adopt the 2009 IECC, however, you can talk about the positive aspects of the 2009 IECC and also how your state can benefit from an updated code. Click here to download sample LTEs that are acceptable for legislative adoption states.

Focus on ramping up each of these activities each month and set realistic goals for volunteer engagement and media hits. By creating a demand for energy efficiency it makes it difficult for decision makers to not take the necessary steps to increase your state's building energy efficiency.

Please share with us your stories as you use these materials. We want to be able to provide useful information to activists, if you have any questions about the Cool Codes campaign contact Cammy Watkins at

If you are creating materials for your campaign and you have questions about the compliance please email and they will ensure that your materials are appropriate.
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Re: Cool Codes Toolkit

Postby Cammy » Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:27 am

Looking for an easy resource to learn the most up to date info on the codes work in your area? Then check out the Building Codes Assistance Project's newest resource tool: OCEAN (Online Codes Environment and Network) website. You can register and upload information about the work you are doing as well as have discussions with experts from around the country.

Visit today and sign up!
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