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Midwest Energy Codes Status Report - February 13, 2015

Midwest Energy Codes Status Report
February 13, 2015

Building Energy Code Activity

Illinois

  • 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. 

At recent meetings, the residential sub-committee has voted to recommend the following:

  • Incorporating ASHRAE 62.2 – 2013 into the mechanical ventilation standard
  • Making vapor barriers optional in below-grade basement walls
  • Weakening the air leakage requirement to 5 ACH50
  • The full ECAC will discuss basement wall insulation requirements. The two options currently being considered are: 1) R – 10/13 at full depth (down to 6 inches above the floor) and 2) R – 15/19 only 4 feet down from top of basement wall

The next residential sub-committee meeting will be Friday, February 20th and is open to the public by teleconference.  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

Kentucky

  • MEEA has released a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) for a Kentucky-based Program Manager for the Kentucky Codes Compliance Improvement Study.  This contract position is scheduled to start in March 2015 and will run through September 2017.  For those interested in responding, further information can be found at www.mwalliance.org/foa-rfp. Submissions are due on February 20, 2015 by 4PM Central Time. Please contact Isaac Elnecave at MEEA with questions, ielnecave@mwalliance.org.

Missouri – St. Louis

  • The St Louis County Council is currently reviewing the 2015 IRC for adoption.  On February 12th the Building Code Review Committee (BCRC) held a meeting in Clayton, MO, where they discussed the energy portion of the code.  The committee received a number of proposed amendments from the Home Builders Association of St Louis and Eastern Missouri, which would significantly weaken the 2015 model code, and represent a rollback from St Louis’s current code, if accepted.  The proposed amendments included recommendations to weaken the window U-factor, wall insulation, ceiling insulation, basement insulation, air leakage, duct leakage, and lighting requirements, and to incorporate an equipment tradeoff provision into the performance path.  The amendment package is roughly equivalent to the 2006 IECC.  The committee did not finish reviewing all of the proposals, but they did vote to accept almost all of the amendments they did consider at the February 12th meeting.  The next BCRC meeting will be February 26th, where they will continue reviewing the HBA proposals.  Please contact Matthew Giudice at MEEA for more information, mgiudice@mwalliance.org.

Minnesota

  • The Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) has filed legal action to prevent the new statewide residential building code, including the energy code, from going into effect.  The enforcement date for the non-energy residential code was January 2015, and the residential energy code is set to be enacted on February 15, 2015.  The state code agency, Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) responded to the lawsuit in support of the new codes and keeping the current enforcement dates.  Most recently, the court refused to prevent the new codes from going into effect while the legal challenge is ongoing.  The BATC complaint largely focuses on their opposition to new residential fire sprinkler requirements, but they also included the energy code in their grievances.

Please contact Isaac Elnecave at MEEA with questions, ielnecave@mwalliance.org.

Department of Energy National Energy Codes Conference 2015

  • The United States Department of Energy will be hosting a National Energy Codes Conference in Nashville, TN, March 24 – 26, 2015.  Registration is now open for all individuals that are interested in energy codes.  There is limited funding available for state and local government officials to attend, and those that are interested are strongly encouraged to inquire as soon as possible.  The conference website has more information and a link for registration and housing.  The MEEA codes team will see you there!

 

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

Isaac Elnecave | Senior Policy Manager
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
312.784.7353
ielnecave@mwalliance.org

Matthew Giudice | Senior Building Policy Associate
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
312.374.0926
mgiudice@mwalliance.org