Building Codes Activity
The O'Fallon City Council met Thursday, August 11 with intent to conduct the first reading of the ordinance to update their current set of building codes (2009 I-codes) to the 2015 suite of I-codes, including the energy code. However, Council tabled the reading until the next Council meeting so they can better understand the codes (and proposed amendments) before moving forward with a potential vote. The proposed residential energy code is heavily amended and will have roughly the same level of efficiency as their current energy code. Weakening amendments to the 2015 IECC include removing duct and air leakage testing; making efficient lighting optional; and weakening the building thermal envelope by removing basement insulation and reducing wall and ceiling insulation levels. The proposed commercial energy code includes few amendments to the 2015 IECC. Click here for the proposed rules.
Next Council Meeting: Thursday, 8/25 at 7:30pm (O'Fallon Municipal Centre, 100 North Main Street, O'Fallon Missouri 63366)
The Ohio Board of Building Standards (BBS) will hold a public hearing on Friday, August 19, 2016, to take testimony on the proposed rules to adopt the 2012 IECC/ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010 by reference. The proposed rules to be discussed at the meeting can be found here.
Hearing Info: Friday, 8/19 at 10:00am (6606 Tussing Road, Reynoldsburg, OH, Hearing Room #1).
On Tuesday, August 2 the Commercial Building Code Council (CBCC) met to review the proposed commercial energy code rules with reference to the 2015 IECC. At the meeting, they quickly reviewed the preliminary set of draft rules (roughly equivalent to the unamended 2015 IECC) and did not propose any substantive changes. Once the final rules are published, the public will have time to review and submit comments to the CBCC.
The Bureau of Construction Codes recently finished developing draft commercial energy code rules with reference to the ASHRAE 90.1 - 2013. Draft rules were completed in May 2016 by the Bureau and were approved by the Michigan Office of Regulatory Reinvention (ORR) in June 2016. The rules include minimal amendments, so the code is approximately 25% more efficient (based on DOE final determinations) than their current commercial energy code (2009 IECC). Proposed draft rules can be found here. According to the adoption timeline, the updated energy code will be effective in June 2017.
MEEA finished the data collection phase of the Statewide Residential Energy Code Compliance Study in Missouri to determine current construction practices as they relate to the 2009 IECC. MEEA is currently writing a final report identifying the highest energy-savings opportunities for new homes across the state.
As part of the Kentucky Code Compliance Improvement Study, in-person code trainings are taking place throughout the state on the topics of Air Sealing, HVAC Design and Common Compliance Challenges. The list of upcoming classes can be found here.
Additionally, the project has created a local Circuit Rider Program in which a Kentucky energy code expert provides personalized outreach to code officials and builders across Kentucky.