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New homes in the US may not be “electrical ready” after an international standards agency excluded building electrification measures from its latest energy code.

May 20, 2024
Kendra Pierre-Louis - Bloomberg

Buyers of new homes in the US may find themselves saddled with electrical systems better suited to the 20th century than the 21st.

The International Code Council, which sets model construction standards for new homes, was expected to include building electrification measures in its 2024 energy code on March 20. But following appeals lodged by industry groups, the ICC board moved the measures to the code’s appendices, effectively making them optional, as first reported by the Huffington Post.

If new homes aren’t wired for increasing power needs from electric appliances and car chargers, it will bump the effort and cost of making such upgrades onto homeowners — a deterrent to going electric. Energy efficiency advocates say this could slow the pace of the energy transition, costing both jobs and the planet.



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