Midwest Energy Codes Status Report - January 12, 2015

Midwest Energy Codes Status Report

January 9, 2015

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. 

    At the most recent meeting of the full ECAC, on December 30th, the committee voted to keep the 2015 IECC as the baseline code being considered, rather than accept a proposal to revert back to the 2012 IECC as the baseline.  This does not substantially change anything going forward, and the subcommittees will resume reviewing the amendments that have been proposed.  The subcommittees are currently in the process of scheduling their next meetings.

    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

Missouri – St. Louis

  • The St Louis County Council is currently reviewing the 2015 IECC for adoption.  On January 22nd the Building Code Review Committee will hold a meeting in Clayton, MO, where they plan to discuss the code that covers existing buildings and begin a review of the residential code, time permitting.  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.


  • The Minnesota Energy Codes Compliance Collaborative (MECCC) held its second meeting on December 17, 2014 in Richfield, MN.  The group began work on several initiatives including: creating mission statement, prioritizing code compliance issues, and forming committees to work on specific issues.  Currently, the committees are: Funding and Financing; Education, Training, and Outreach; State and Local Policy; and Interpretation and Verification.    

    Please contact Chris Burgess at MEEA with questions, cburgess@mwalliance.org.


  • The Nebraska Energy Codes Compliance Collaborative held their most recent meeting in Lincoln on December 10, 2014.  The group reviewed progress reports from each of the committees they have established and discussed ideas for compliance initiatives that resulted.  The collaborative also set goals for 2015, which include: prioritizing consumer education issues, reinforcing legislator education efforts, and increased outreach and communication activities.

    Please contact Chris Burgess at MEEA with questions, cburgess@mwalliance.org.

Getting to Zero National Forum – Washington, DC

  • New Buildings Institute, Rocky Mountain Institute, and NASEO will host a second Getting to Zero National Forum, February 1-3, 2015 in Washington D.C. The Forum will gather policymakers, design professionals, building owners, and real estate representatives to share perspectives on the growth of zero energy commercial building policies and projects.  The event takes place prior to NASEO's 2015 Energy Policy Outlook Conference.

    Over 40 leading experts, three plenary sessions, and four breakout tracks will cover a broad range of issues, including the technical and operational considerations for creating and maintaining zero energy performance, business perspectives on cost and value, and taking zero energy buildings from policy to practice.  The sessions are especially suited for State Energy Office staff, NASEO Affiliates, and other organizations interested in high performance commercial buildings.  The full program is available on the Forum website


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