The solar panel industry submitted an amendment to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), that would have required all homes to be built in such a way that solar panels could be accommodated on the roof. The amendment was defeated ─ but it was included in the appendix of the 2015 IECC, allowing a state or local jurisdiction the ability to require homes to be solar-ready if it wants to.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a strong supporter of voluntary solar programs and tax credits that encourage their use. The Association believes solar-ready homes should not be mandated as it is not for everyone and every region. Some of the concerns include cost, design issues, venting problems in the event of a fire, house size and location.
Read more at the NHAB Now blog.