The Oregon Building Codes Division wants new home construction standards boosted. Those changes would cut home energy use by 10 to 15 percent, and meet the governor’s energy saving goals by the year 2015.
Now state officials want to require all new homes in Oregon to achieve the same energy savings as homes that meet the federal “Energy Star” requirements.
The upgrade would be the most significant code change in the last six years in Oregon. It calls for slightly more insulation in floors and ceilings, window upgrades and more efficient lighting.