Midwest Energy Codes Status Report - February 5, 2016


Midwest Energy Codes Status Report

[February 5, 2016]

Building Codes Activity



On January 19, the Illinois Energy Conservation Advisory Council (ILECAC) convened to discuss the recently approved 2015 Illinois Energy Conservation Code, state code adoption cycle and recommended improvements to the code amendment process. In regards to the adoption cycle, the council and attendees entertained the idea of a longer adoption cycle in Illinois, instead of the required 3-year cycle. After a fruitful conversation, the council approved the development of a survey about the adoption cycle with the intent to circulate it to the code enforcement community and other stakeholders in the state.  The other topic of interest was the proposal to remove R406, the Energy Rating Index compliance option, from the 2015 Illinois Energy Conservation Code. The removal of this amendment was proposed in response to the recent release of addendum B of the ANSI/RESNET/ICC 301-2014 Standard, which was approved by RESNET on January 15. This addendum changed all reference from “HERS” to the “ERI”, and now includes the support of the ICC. Concerns were raised about the proprietary implications of the change, the inherent leading position provided to RESNET through the ERI option, and the potential violation of the State of Illinois non-delegation doctrine, to name a few. These concerns were discussed at length by the council and attendees but ultimately the council voted to keep R406 (ERI) in the 2015 Illinois Energy Conservation Code. Minutes from the meeting have not been circulated by the ILECAC, yet.


The Iowa Building Code Advisory Committee (BCAC) is holding meetings to discuss the potential adoption of the suite of 2015 International Code Council (ICC) model building codes. At the January 5 BCAC meeting, the State Fire Marshall briefed the BCAC on what was discussed at the 2015 IECC Energy Code Work Group meeting that was held on December 4. However, the BCAC did not reach a decision to move forward with the 2015 IECC adoption and has requested additional information from the Energy Code Work Group. The next BCAC meeting to discuss the State Energy Code will be held on Tuesday, March 1.


Part 10 (Residential provisions) of the 2015 Michigan Energy Code (MEC), an amended version of the 2015 IECC, will go into effect February 8, 2016. For a list of major amendments, please review the updated Michigan State Energy Code Adoptiontab on the DOE, Building Energy Codes Program website.


The Ohio Board of Building Standards (BBS) and Residential Code Advisory Council (RCAC) are currently discussing the 2012 and 2015 IECC Commercial and Residential provisions as the first step for statewide consideration. The BBS convened on January 12 to discuss the Commercial provisions of the 2012 and 2015 IECC, but the January 27 RCAC hearing was cancelled. The next RCAC and BBS meetings to discuss the State Energy Code will be held on February 24 and March 3, respectively. An updated calendar of these meetings can be found here. MEEA will track these potential adoption cycles and provide additional information as it becomes available.

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For more information on MEEA’s energy codes 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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