Journal article

How much energy do building energy codes save? Evidence from California houses

10 Oct 2016
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Regulations governing the energy efficiency of new buildings have become a cornerstone of US environmental policy. California enacted the first such codes in 1978 and has tightened them every few years since. I evaluate the resulting energy savings three ways: comparing energy used by houses constructed under different standards, controlling for building and occupant characteristics; examining how energy use varies with outdoor temperatures; and comparing energy used by houses of different vintages in California to that same difference in other states. All three approaches yield estimated energy savings significantly short of those projected when the regulations were enacted.

Publication Details
Identifiers: 
doi: 
10.1257/aer.20150102
Volume: 
106
Issue: 
10
Pagination: 
2867-2894
Access Rights Type: 
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Language: 
English
License Type: 
All Rights Reserved
Published year only: 
2016
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