RFP: Measuring Baseline Code Compliance in Illinois

Request for Proposal: 

Measuring the Baseline Compliance Rate for Residential and Non-Residential Buildings in Illinois Against the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code


The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) recently contracted with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) using funds from the 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, to measure the compliance rate of new construction (both residential and non-residential ) with the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code. Section 410(a) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) requires a state, as a condition for receiving federal funding tied to building energy codes requires a state to adopt the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for residential dwellings and ASHRAE 90.1-2007 for non-commercial buildings . Section 410(a) also requires the state to develop a plan to achieve 90% compliance with these energy codes by 2017. The Illinois Legislature, in February 2010, adopted a statewide energy code. According to Public Act 096-0778, the state will adopt the 2009 IECC for both residential and non-residential buildings as the minimum code. The new statute meets the first requirement in the ARRA. As a first step towards achieving the second part of the requirements, the state of Illinois intends to measure the baseline compliance rate with the new code for new construction. By establishing a baseline compliance rate, the state will gain a better sense of how close or far it is from meeting the 90% requirement; information on how to do the compliance measurement and data on what aspects of the code builders typically comply with and which ones they don’t.

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