Midwest Energy Codes Status Report - December 5, 2014

Midwest Energy Codes Status Report

December 5, 2014

Building Energy Code Activity


  • The Illinois Capital Development Board is currently overseeing a process by the Illinois Energy Conservation Advisory Council (ECAC) to adopt the 2015 IECC statewide for residential and commercial buildings.  Proposed amendments were due December 1, and two subcommittees – one for residential and one for commercial - are currently reviewing the submitted amendments.  The subcommittees will make recommendations for the full ECAC to vote on.  The next scheduled meeting is the residential subcommittee on December 8th at 1:00pm Central time.  Some of the amendments currently being considered are as follows:
  • Keep the residential code at current level, with no updates (2012 IECC with Illinois amendments)
  • Keep the commercial code at current level, with no updates (2012 IECC)
  • Move to 4 ACH50 air leakage requirement for residential (committee already voted to approved amendment to require 5 ACH50)

Please contact Matthew Giudice at MEEA with any questions, mgiudice@mwalliance.org.


  • The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Energy & Recycling has released the 2014-2015 energy codes training calendar.  All workshops are FREE for Illinois investor-owned utility customers, and CEU’s are available through several professional associations.  Please visit DCEO’s website for more information and schedules: http://www.illinois.gov/dceo/whyillinois/KeyIndustries/Energy/Pages/IECC.aspx



  • Minnesota has released the draft version of the commercial 2012 IECC for public comment.  The comment period ends December 17th at 4:30pm Central time.  The state is also accepting requests for public hearing from those that wish to adopt something different than the draft commercial energy code.  If the state receives enough requests for a public hearing, that will be held January 6, 2015 at 9:30am.  Those that wish to support the adoption of the draft code do not need to submit a request for a hearing , but they are free to submit supportive comments.  Please visit the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry’s commercial energy code rulemaking docket for more information.


Kentucky – RFP Notice

  • MEEA, in association with the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction (DHBC), and the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence (DEDI), is seeking qualified contractors to perform pre- and post- program residential energy code compliance data collection as a part of the US Department of Energy (DOE) funded Kentucky Codes Compliance Improvement Study.  The RFP can be downloaded at www.mwalliance.org/foa-rfp


Missouri – St. Louis

  • The St Louis County Council is currently reviewing the 2015 IECC for adoption.  In January or February, a code review committee will meet to review the residential code, and they will make recommendations to the County Building Commission.  The Building Commission plans to release a draft code for public comments in Spring 2015, with a plan to finalize adoption by the full Council in late Summer 2015.  The commercial code has already been reviewed and is on track for adoption with minor amendments.  Importantly, the city of St Louis plans to adopt the same or similar residential and commercial code as the County after the process is complete.  Please contact Matthew Giudice at MEEA with questions, mgiudice@mwalliance.org.


Midwest Energy Codes & Benchmarking Conference

MEEA recently hosted the 5th Annual Midwest Energy Codes & Benchmarking conference in Kansas City, Missouri, November 18th – 20th.  Over 60 guests from around the region attended the successful event, which included a full day focused on benchmarking and one and a half days on building energy codes.  During the benchmarking session, attendees heard about current initiatives in several Midwest cities, as well as success stories from experts around the country.  There was also a focus on how benchmarking and energy data collection activities are crucial to inform projects that produce meaningful energy savings in existing buildings.

The Energy Codes portion of the conference focused on code compliance activities in the Midwest and around the country that can produce cost effective savings through efficiency.  The expert presenters included researchers, utility representatives, code officials, advocates, and a green home builder.  The main theme was exploring how code compliance policies and programs can translate into improved building efficiency and deep energy savings.  For more information on this year’s conference, please contact Matthew Giudice at MEEA, mgiudice@mwalliance.org


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

Isaac Elnecave | Senior Policy Manager
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Matthew Giudice | Senior Building Policy Associate
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance