Midwest Energy Codes Status Report - July 12, 2013

Midwest Energy Codes Status Report

July 12, 2013

The following is a brief rundown of building energy codes activity in the Midwest/Plains states.

Building Energy Codes Activity:


  • The municipality of Creve Coeur, Missouri recently adopted the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code for both residential and commercial buildings, which will take effect August 1, 2013.  Creve Coeur, located outside St. Louis, will join at least six other municipalities in the St Louis area that have adopted the 2009 energy code, which has also been adopted by St Louis itself.  Several sizeable cities elsewhere in Missouri currently have codes at or above the 2009 IECC, including Kansas City, Jefferson City, Columbia, and Cape Girardeau.

Building Energy Rating and Benchmarking Activity:


  • On July 22nd, the Chicago City Council Committee on Zoning, Landmarks, and Building Standards will consider a building benchmarking and disclosure ordinance at a public hearing.  Under the proposed ordinance, buildings over 50,000 square feet would submit their annual energy use via the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Portfolio Manager tool. More than 80 organizations, including MEEA, have already publicly noted their support for a benchmarking and disclosure policy in Chicago.  Please contact Steve Kismohr at MEEA for more information: skismohr@mwalliance.org.

Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference:

MEEA will hold its 4th Annual Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference in Louisville, Kentucky from October 22nd – 24th.  The first day of the event will be a full day pre-conference focused on issues related to building energy benchmarking and disclosure.  The second day will begin with an introductory “Energy Codes 101” breakfast, followed by a full day on Wednesday and half day on Thursday focused on energy code issues in the Midwest.  More details will be coming soon. Information on past conferences can be found on MEEA’s website.

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

Isaac Elnecave | Senior Policy Manager                   Matthew Giudice | Building Policy Associate
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance                          Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
312.784.7253                                                                  312.374.0926
ielnecave@mwalliance.org                                          mgiudice@mwalliance.org