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How future homes are built will have a large impact on the growth of energy use in the residential sector, on Texas’ future levels of air and global warming pollution, and on our water supply. Homes account for more than one-third of all of Texas’ electricity use. And most of Texas’ electricity comes from fossil fuels, the leading source of soot, smog and carbon dioxide emissions, and a major user of water.
Energy efficient building codes have a tremendous track record of success. According to the Energy Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M, building codes adopted in 2001 saved Texas $1.8 billion in electric savings and avoided costs and reduced smog pollution by 9 tons/day in 2009 alone.
Tell the State Energy Conservation to adopt the 2012 International Residential Code and International Energy Conservation Code, the model energy efficiency standards for residential and commercial buildings, effective June 1, 2013.
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