Examining the Jevons Paradox through Residential Energy Consumption

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Examining the Jevons Paradox through Residential Energy Consumption

Originally published on August 13, 2015 by BNP Media through the Walls & Ceilings Blog.

Is there any such thing as a ‘perfect’ energy code? I recently posed this question to a colleague of mine – a gentleman with whom I have served alongside in multiple state code review committees over the years.

He poignantly offered, “While new energy codes may improve the energy efficiency of a building, it does not follow axiomatically that the building will use less energy.”

Wait. What? I was hooked. Tell me more…

“The bigger philosophical problem for me has become that considering the Jevons Paradox and nature of the market, I don’t think that any energy code will ever result in actually saving energy.”

An interesting supposition. I decided to do some digging.

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