Midwest Energy Codes Status Report
June 14, 2013
The following is a brief rundown of building energy codes activity in the Midwest/Plains states.
Building Energy Codes Activity:
The process to adopt the 2012 IECC in Iowa is moving forward, and state code officials are currently reviewing proposed amendments for consideration. We will track the process and provide an update when dates are set for public comments and meetings of the Building Code Advisory Council.
The next meeting of the Nebraska Energy Code Compliance Collaborative will be June 25th in Lincoln. At that meeting the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) will review the Gap Analysis and Compliance Plan that they prepared for Nebraska. There will also be progress reports from the five committees that were formed at the previous meeting (Funding, Training, Outreach, Policy and Compliance Measurement). The goal of the June meeting will be to select and prioritize tasks and timelines for the compliance issues the collaborative wants to work on. They will also be finalizing the language for the Mission Statement which can be found on the group’s website. Please contact Chris Burgess at MEEA for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) is moving forward with their Code Ambassador program in Ohio. They have selected eight code officials from around the state to serve as energy code ambassadors, and they participated in a two-day training May 16th and 17th. The ambassadors will also need to pass a certification exam from International Code Council (ICC) on the energy code. The ambassadors will be expected to present at state and local code hearings, conferences, and anywhere that education on the code is needed statewide. Please contact BCAP for more information.
The city of Columbia, Missouri will consider adoption of the 2012 IECC (both residential and commercial) this month. MEEA gave a presentation to the city’s Environment and Energy Commission on the potential energy and cost benefits of the 2012 code. MEEA also presented scheduled public comments at the Columbia city council meeting on June 3rd, which supported adoption of the full 2012 IECC. The city’s Building Construction Codes Commission and the Environment and Energy Commission have both submitted proposed amendments to the code, which will be considered by the council. The local municipal electric utility, Columbia Water and Light, has expressed support for stronger building codes in general, and Building Codes Assistance Project is also planning to support adoption of the new energy code with a targeted media campaign in Columbia this month.
Michigan will begin the process to adopt the 2012 IECC as a statewide code later this year. Meetings of the Michigan Residential Code Review Committee are scheduled to begin in August. Proposed amendments are being accepted for consideration at Michigan’s Bureau of Construction Codes website, and they are due before October 18, 2013. We will track this process and offer updates throughout.
For more information on MEEA’s energy codes activities, please contact:
Isaac Elnecave | Senior Policy Manager Matthew Giudice | Building Policy Associate
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