The Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP)
BCAP was established in 1994 as a joint initiative of the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. BCAP provides custom-tailored assistance on building energy code adoption and implementation. We assist state and local regulatory and legislative bodies and help coordinate others representing environmental interests, consumers, labor, and industry. BCAP provides states with code advocacy assistance on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy and coordinates with DOE on technical assistance (see www.energycodes.gov for more information).
In addition, BCAP receives funding from multiple foundations, the U.S. EPA, and states as a part of SEP grant projects. BCAP also works with regional energy efficiency organizations, state energy offices, environmental groups, industry, utilities, and other entities to form and sustain strong collaborations, and facilitate coordination on mutual goals.
In 2009 BCAP launched the Online Code Environment and Advocacy Network (OCEAN), an online energy code database and virtual meeting place for energy code experts, practitioners, and stakeholders. OCEAN provides a variety of educational and outreach resources, technical tools, and research to support energy code adoption and implementation on the local, state, and international levels.