In a day dedicated to acknowledging and admiring the Earth, the Mississippi Energy Institute would like to address the state’s recent adoption of HB 1281, which updates energy building codes for commercial buildings bringing them to the ASHRAE 90.1-2010 standard.

Mississippi is the first state in the Southeast to adopt and administer the most up-to-date energy efficiency standard.

Largely already done in practice in commercial construction, this legislation officially sets a legal standard for energy efficient construction.  The economics of ASHRAE standards are well-understood and significant, especially in climates like Mississippi.  Standardized and smarter construction practices, both in commercial and residential, will be economically beneficial for homeowners and businesses, and through time, will effectively expand Mississippi’s energy supply capacity through conservation.