Midwest Energy Codes Status Report - November 22, 2013

Midwest Energy Codes Status Report

November 22, 2013

Building Energy Codes Activity:


  • The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has published its intention to hold a public hearing on the adoption of the 2012 International Residential Code as the statewide residential building code. However, this hearing will not include provisions of Chapter 11, Energy Efficiency. The Department has not yet released information on whether there will be a hearing on adoption of the energy efficiency portion of the code.  It is still expected that an amended version of the energy efficiency portion of the 2012 IRC will be adopted, but the state will first resolve issues with the rest of the residential code, most notably fire sprinkler requirements. An updated commercial energy code is still being reviewed by the legal department at the State, and more information on that will be forthcoming.


  • On Wednesday, December 11, from 9:30am – 11:30am, the Nebraska Energy Code Compliance Collaborative is hosting a meeting in Lincoln to explore the potential of utility support for enhanced code compliance efforts. The meeting will be an opportunity for utilities, code officials and other stakeholders to share their perspectives on compliance activities and discuss opportunities to work together to improve energy code compliance. Because Nebraska does not have a mandatory energy efficiency portfolio standard, utilities in the state are mostly interested in exploring code compliance as a means to reduce peak demand, in addition to overall energy savings.

Following the event, the Nebraska Compliance Collaborative will hold its 5th meeting.  For more information, contact Chris Burgess, Technical Manager at MEEA, cburgess@mwalliance.org.


  • The Michigan Bureau of Construction Codes has been reviewing the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC), including Chapter 11 on energy efficiency. The Residential Code Review Committee has held several meetings so far, and the next meeting is scheduled for December 12th, where it is expected that Chapter 11 on Energy Efficiency will be discussed in further depth.   More information can be found on Michigan’s Bureau of Construction Codes website, including the Committee meeting schedule.


  • The Iowa Department of Public Safety has issued a Notice of Intended Action to update the statewide building energy code, both residential and commercial. They intend to adopt an unamended version of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code for commercial buildings and the 2012 residential IECC with some amendments.  The Department is planning to schedule a public comment hearing on these matters for January 7th, 2014 in Des Moines. We will publish the time and location in a future update as information becomes available.


For more information on MEEA’s energy codes activities, please contact:


Isaac Elnecave | Senior Policy Manager                                      Matthew Giudice | Building Policy Associate

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance                                               Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

312.784.7253                                                                                       312.374.0926

ielnecave@mwalliance.org                                                                mgiudice@mwalliance.org