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.