Midwest Energy Codes Status Report - April 10, 2014

Midwest Energy Codes Status Report
April 10, 2014

Building Energy Codes Activity:


The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) released a draft copy of the new statewide residential building energy code this week.  The code is based on the 2012 IECC and contains several amendments.  The code was developed during a stakeholder process back in 2012, but several issues with other sections of the building code have delayed the adoption process. 

DLI is accepting public comments on the residential energy code until May 8, 2014 at 4:30pm CENTRAL time.  Please note that the Department is also accepting requests for a public hearing, separate from general comments.  If the Department does not receive at least 25 requests for a hearing, there will not be a public hearing on this matter.  MEEA will be submitting comments in support of the code, but will NOT be submitting a hearing request, as a hearing would likely delay the process further.

We plan to release more detailed information on the proposed amendments to the 2012 IECC in a future update, but please contact us if you have questions in the meantime.  The statewide commercial energy code has not yet been released for comment.

The draft residential energy code can be found here.

A link to the residential energy code process can be found here.

For more information, please contact Matthew Giudice at mgiudice@mwalliance.org.  

MEEA Policy Webinar Series:

Introduction to Building Energy Codes

MEEA will be offering a free informational webinar for those new to the issue of building energy codes on April 30, 2014.  The “Energy Codes 101” presentation will include an overview of energy codes, including information about history, development, adoption, and compliance of codes.  If you know anyone that would be interested in receiving more information about this event, please have them contact Matthew Giudice, mgiudice@mwalliance.org.

Midwest Benchmarking Activity


The City of Chicago and its partners (including MEEA) recently announced a series of free, in-person and web-based training classes to support buildings covered by the Chicago Energy Benchmarking ordinance adopted last fall.

These training classes will provide background and technical knowledge to help covered building owners comply with the ordinance, as well as access to other energy efficiency resources. The series includes the follow classes:

  • Chicago Energy Benchmarking 101 – An Introduction to the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance
  • Chicago Energy Benchmarking 201 - Using EPA’s EnergyStar Portfolio Manager Tool
  • Chicago Energy Benchmarking 301 - Strategies in Energy Use Reduction & Building Improvements

Local training is offered in partnership with the City of Chicago, the US Green Building Council (USGBC-IL), the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA Chicago), the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE IL), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).

To learn more about the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance, course schedules, and other related information see:  www.cityofchicago.org/energybenchmarking

For more information on MEEA’s benchmarking work, please contact Steve Kismohr, Senior Technical Manager, skismohr@mwalliance.org.


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

Isaac Elnecave | Senior Policy Manager
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Matthew Giudice | Building Policy Associate
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance