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As cities across the country continue to adopt current versions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), new research jointly commissioned by the National Multi Housing Council and the National Apartment Association warns that the new 2009 and 2012 IECCs could significantly increase local construction and housing costs – which could mean higher renting rates for those 1/3 of Americans who rent their housing.

The IECC addresses building energy efficiency and provides requirements for the energy design and performance of building systems; including, the building envelope, lighting, mechanical systems and water systems.

The report, Impact of the 2009 and 2012 International Energy Conservation Code in Multifamily Buildings, examines the differences in costs of adopting the 2009 and just released 2012 IECC – over the prior 2006 IECC.  It concludes that the new codes could add thousands of dollars to construction costs as the building and housing industries continue to strive to rebound:  

“The changes incorporated in the 2009 and 2012 editions of the IECC will have a considerable impact on the design, construction and affordability of multifamily buildings. In addition to direct product and labor expenses, some code changes will force structural and/or design modifications that will significantly influence typical construction practice and project costs.”

Impact of the 2009 and 2012 International Energy Conservation Code in Multifamily Buildings – Niles Bolton Associates, Inc., pg. 4 (March 2012).

“Obviously, when costs go up, you have to recoup them,” said Jim Lapides, spokesman for the National Multi Housing Council in support of the research.

The NMHC and NAA will be using this research as part of their federal-level legal efforts to oppose “onerous building energy codes that are not cost-effective or technically feasible.”
Key findings of the report include:

-    The costs to comply with the 2009 IECC versus the 2006 version differ widely based on the type and location of the building, and these cost differentials are not consistent across the codes.

-    In a moderate climate zone, the compliance costs for the 2009 and 2012 codes will range between $760 and $3,590 per apartment unit in a low-rise building, and soar to $1,860 to $4,440 per unit in a high-rise project.

-    The 2009 IECC will be most affordable for high-rise buildings in warmer climate zones - costing approximately $90-$140 per apartment unit.

-    In cooler climates, however, the 2009 IECC cost increases for high-rise properties range from $940 to a whopping $3,410 per unit, depending on the building location and design characteristics.

-    A low-rise building in the two warmest climate zones of the United States, per the 2012 IECC, will be required to spend an additional $480 to $720 per apartment unit, while low-rise properties in the next two warmest zones will spend a minimum of $1,820 to $2,160 more per unit.

The entire report, Impact of the 2009 and 2012 International Energy Conservation Code on Multifamily Buildings, is available at

Did You Know . . .

Members of the SLS trial group have tried in excess of 50 jury trials and 75 bench trials?

The SLS construction group has worked on sports stadiums across the country including Orioles Park in Baltimore and Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati?

The SLS construction group has worked on power plant projects across the country?

In 2007 SLS was selected for an Honorable Mention as one of the Best Places To Work in Washington DC?

Ron Shapiro, Steve Schram and Judd Lifschitz have all been selected as SuperLawyers by Law and Politics?

The SLS office building is an historic townhouse constructed in the late 1800s?

SLS has been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a Preeminent Law Firm?

SLS trial lawyers have argued appeals in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for the 4th, 5th, 9th, D.C. and Federal Circuit?

SLS trial lawyers have been lead trial counsel in cases in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia, - to name just a few?

Virtually all the cases that SLS trial lawyers mediated have been favorably settled at mediation?

The transactional group at SLS was lead counsel on one of the largest, most complex mixed-use projects in downtown Washington, DC involving 4 lenders and 6 property owners?

In appreciation for the outstanding efforts of each of its employees during 2007, SLS gave everyone (attorneys, paralegals, and staff) a 4 day/3 night expense paid trip to Key West, Florida?

The transactional group at SLS has represented tenants in more than 200 retail leases in the Mid-Atlantic region?

Every attorney in the transactional group at SLS has at least 15 years experience?

The transactional group at SLS has represented developers in the purchase, construction, financing and/or sale of more than 75 multi-family apartment projects?

The transactional group at SLS has represented real estate investors and developers with respect to property in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Michigan and the U.S. Virginia Islands?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented eight national banks in commercial real estate loans?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented the FDIC, the Resolution Trust Corporation and several banking institutions in loan workout transactions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region?

The transactional group at SLS has represented homebuilders and commercial real estate developers in work-outs of individual loans and also for work-outs of large portfolios involving dozens of properties in several states?

The trial lawyers of SLS have numerous reported decisions to their credit?