Midwest Energy Codes Status Report - April 14, 2016


Midwest Energy Codes Status Report [April, 2016]

Midwest Building Efficiency Status Report

April 14, 2016

Building Codes Activity




The Iowa Building Code Advisory Committee (BCAC) is holding meetings to discuss the potential adoption of the 2015 International Code Council (ICC) model building codes, however, the council wants to review possible amendments to the 2015 IECC before they vote to move forward with the adoption process. Several amendments have been proposed by the Energy Code Working Group, so the BCAC will review the 2015 IECC and proposed amendments, and vote to determine if the adoption process will continue at the next meeting on Tuesday, May 3.


The Ohio Board of Building Standards (BBS) is currently reviewing the 2012 and 2015 IECC commercial and residential provisions as a first step to the consideration of state adoption. The BBS staff is still reviewing the IECC/ASHRAE 90.1 provisions so there has been limited discussion about the commercial code at the BBS meetings.  The Residential Code Advisory Committee (RCAC) met on Wednesday, March 30 where MEEA presented findings from the DOE Residential Energy Code Compliance Studies in eight states. According to the BBS Calendar, the next RCAC meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 27. 


On Tuesday, March 2 the Commercial Building Code Council convened to review the differences between their current Commercial Energy Code (2009 IECC amended), and the 2012 and 2015 IECC. The Council went line by line and discussed the implications that each change would have on building practices in the state. In addition to learning about the changes in the codes, the Council also motioned and approved moving the effective date of Commercial Code updates to Spring 2017. The council also met on April 5, but there was limited discussion about the energy code. Minutes from the March 2 meeting can be found on their website. The next meeting, where they will likely continue to review the commercial energy code, will be Tuesday, May 3.

Benchmarking Activity

Ordinance and Adoption



The State of Missouri Assembly has submitted House Bill 1547 which creates an annual benchmarking reporting and recognition program for all public buildings. The bill’s sponsor, Margo McNeil (D), from District 069, included many important features within the proposal, including:

  1. Collecting both energy and water consumption data
  2. Requiring annual reporting to Division of Energy
  3. Requiring annual publishing on Division of Energy’s Website
  4. Providing recognition to top 10 building scores

The bill itself is well crafted and has the potential to effectively manage public building energy use in the State of Missouri. It follows requirements similar to those already enacted in MN, MI, and KY.


The City of Evanston, IL is currently developing a building energy benchmarking ordinance which incorporates the submission of annual energy use data for all buildings (commercial and residential) to the City. This proposed legislation would have a phased-in approach and assist the City in tracking both public and privately owned buildings, helping to meet their stated Livability Plan. Goals set forth in this plan follow the GHG reduction targets set by the Kyoto Protocol, with an aim of a 20% reduction city-wide by the end of 2016, using a 2005 baseline. 

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For more information on MEEA’s building efficiency activities, please contact:
Isaac Elnecave | Senior Policy Manager
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Ian Blanding | Building Policy Associate
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

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