White House Launches Building Codes Initiative

Biden administration seeks to assist state, local and tribal communities adopt new building standards through an infrastructure of support and education.

The White House is launching the New Building Codes Initiative, a plan designed to assist city, state, and tribal governments in understanding and adopting the most up-to-date building codes and standards. Under the terms of the project, the White House outlines several means to support these bodies in making buildings more energy-efficient and resilient to significant climate events such as storms and extreme heat/cold. These include: 

  • A comprehensive review of federal funding and how it is used to finance building projects to confirm that federally funded projects are being done to the most up-to-date standard.
  • Utilize over $225 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to support the adoption of updated building codes.
  • Promote best practices when developing standards, especially those utilized in upcoming federal construction projects.

According to the White House, communities that have adopted modern building codes have saved $1.6 billion a year.

Learn more about the White House initiative.