Navigating Constant Change

We need to understand and adapt to the constantly moving targets in the building industry to stay on coarse during times of change.

Published January 30, 2023

Finding Our Footing for the Road Ahead

At times it feels like the day-to-day disruption is never-ending. If stuff would slow down for a while so we could get our feet underneath us, we could plan and prepare for the onslaught of change we have to deal with. It does not appear that is going to happen in our industry. Codes, programs, building materials, and techniques are constantly moving targets we all need to understand and incorporate into our businesses. Maybe it is time to embrace these changes as opportunities to learn and grow.

The 2021 IECC

Along the Front Range of Colorado, more jurisdictions are planning for and adopting the 2021 IECC. After three cycles of relatively stagnant energy code advancement, the 2021 is moving towards increased insulation, testing, and requirements. Being engaged and understanding these new requirements is imperative if builders want to avoid issues during the planning and construction of their buildings.

Making Sense of Tax Code

After ten years of confusing and inconsistent regulations regarding the 45L Builder Tax Credit, Congress is providing a clear path to tax reduction. If homes are certified under the ENERGY STAR New Homes program, there is a $2500 tax credit. If homes are certified under the DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes Program, there is a $5000 tax credit. This regulation is in place for ten years so builders can plan for and incorporate the requirements into their process to take advantage of the program.


The all-electric movement is happening. There will be many debates and discussions regarding the pros and cons of moving housing energy use to an all-electric platform. No matter the opinions, an increase in community requirements, rebates, incentives, and programs for all-electric construction is moving forward. Decarbonization is needed across all industries, and the built environment will be heavily engaged in leading that change.

EnergyLogic Can Be Your Guide

One constant since the beginning of time is change. However, the fear of change is also a constant. This, of course, applies to the building and sustainability industry. EnergyLogic embraces these changes and is ready to help our partners navigate the challenges and opportunities coming in 2023 and beyond.

About the Author
Rusty Buick

Rusty Buick

Rusty Buick is EnergyLogic's Director of Business Development. As a former general contractor specializing in high-performing homes, Rusty loves helping builders appreciate the value of building high-performing, energy-efficient homes for their clients and for future generations. Learn more about Rusty!

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