On June 2, 2011, Jim Farlow of The Farlow Group attended a day long workshop on the North Carolina Energy Conservation Code. Adopted in 2009 by our state, the N C Energy Code for residential and commercial buildings provides technical data and solutions for achieving efficient use of energy resources through prescribed construction methods and recommended materials.

The workshop was conducted by Mathis Consulting Company, whose presentation was both enlightening, and inspiring. Jim’s favorite part was a discussion concerning costs and benefits of retrofitting existing buildings to improve energy efficiency, and the corresponding affect in reducing, or even eliminating, the current ever expanding need for increased energy production. An example was given of how the cost of constructing a single nuclear power plant could be applied to update enough structures to make the plant unnecessary, while substantially increasing the safety and comfort of existing buildings, and employing many more people across a wide geographic area in the process.