Astoria, Oregon’s Building Department hired Building Official and Code Enforcement Officer Jack Applegate in 2008, tasking him with dispersing the myth that older buildings cannot be upgraded or remodeled without incurring hefty costs. Local stakeholders needed to learn how preservation and energy efficiency could not only be accomplished while meeting modern energy
code requirements, but also that cost-effective and innovative solutions existed and that these efforts could potentially improve safety and comfort.

IMT and the International Code Council (ICC) were proud to recognize Astoria as a 2014 Standard Bearers Award winner, which was selected by a panel of past recipients and foremost experts on building energy codes. Astoria’s example helps raise the bar for energy code compliance around the country and lights the way to safer, stronger, and more energy-efficient buildings.

Standard Bearers demonstrate that leadership at all levels is crucial to achieving energy code compliance. Their work can help shape policy and best practices for improving code compliance across the country. Download the .PDF and visit the Standard Bearers webpage for more information.

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