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Efficiency Vermont is working with Vermont municipalities to encourage their residents to build more energy efficient homes. As part of this effort, EV and the Energy Code Assistance Center have prepared a new Municipal Guide to Vermont Energy Codes and Above-Code Programs. This resource document provides background information on energy code requirements, explains the energy code process from application through documented compliance, and outlines the support available from Efficiency Vermont for builders and homeowners -- both to simply meet the minimum requirements of the energy codes and to receive technical and financial assistance to exceed codes.

Zoning and planning officials are in a unique position to influence the long-term affordability and environmental impacts of the building that occurs within their town. They can do this by providing critical information to builders and home or business owners about how they can build to meet or exceed Vermont’s energy codes. This Municipal Guide to Vermont Energy Codes and Above-Code Programs will make it easier for municipalities to achieve this by providing clear and relevant information so that zoning and planning officials can easily respond to permit applicants.

Efficiency Vermont and the Energy Code Assistance Center also have prepared a Q&A piece, “Enhancing the Role of Vermont Municipalities in Improving Efficiency in New Construction,” that addresses specific municipal responsibilities associated with implementing energy code-related requirements under Act 89. For immediate support, builders, contractors and permit applicants can be referred to the Energy Code Assistance Center (ECAC) at (855) 887-0673.