Midwest Energy Codes Status Report - April 1-26, 2013

Midwest Energy Codes Status Report

April 1, 2013 – April 26, 2013

The following is a brief rundown of building energy codes activity in the Midwest/Plains states.

Building Energy Codes Activity:


  • The Illinois state legislature did not take action on House Bill 1331, which would have increased the adoption cycle of the residential energy code from 3 to 6 years.  While this bill was not successful during this legislative session, we will continue to track similar efforts in Illinois and around the region.
  • There has been an effort by the city council in Springfield, IL and other jurisdictions around the state to pass municipal legislation that would prevent enforcement of the energy code in their jurisdiction. Discussions are underway to address municipal concerns.


  • There will be another stakeholder collaborative meeting in Iowa on May 8th to discuss adoption of the 2012 IECC and potential amendments.  At the previous meeting, stakeholders voiced their concerns with various provisions in the residential code, and possible amendments were discussed. Stakeholders were asked to develop specific amendments to submit at the next meeting.


  • The Nebraska Codes Compliance Collaborative will meet again May 7th in Lincoln.  They will formulate a mission statement and continue discussions on specific action items to pursue.  Please contact Chris Burgess, cburgess@mwalliance.org, with any questions. 
  • The Nebraska Energy Office will be using U.S. DOE funding to assist efforts in Lincoln, Omaha, and surrounding jurisdictions to adopt the 2012 IECC.  The agency will distribute 2012 IECC code books to local officials and provide trainings on the fundamentals of the new code.


  • BCAP is moving forward with an Energy Ambassador program in Ohio.  They have selected eight code officials from around the state to serve as ambassadors, and they will participate in a two day training May 16th and 17th.  The training will cover both the residential and commercial portions of the code and will follow a “train the trainer” format. The ambassadors will be expected to present at state and local code hearings, conferences, and anywhere that education on the code is needed statewide. Further information on this program will be available in the next update.

ACEEE Market Transformation Conference - Washington D.C.

  • The presentations from the ACEEE Market Transformation conference, March 24 – 26, 2013, are now online at http://www.aceee.org/conferences/2013/mt/program.  The session on “Utility Credit for Advancing Building Energy Codes” can be found under Monday, March 25th.  Presenters for that session were: Isaac Elnecave – MEEA, Olga Livingston – PNNL, Allen Lee – Cadmus Group, and Randall Higa – Southern California Edison.


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