Midwest Energy Codes Status Report - July 31, 2015



Midwest Energy Codes Status Report

[July 31, 2015]

Building Codes Activity


The Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) approved the 2015 Illinois Energy Conservation Code rules, with amendments proposed by the Illinois Energy Conservation Advisory Council, at the CDB Board meeting in June. The CDB recently filed these rules with the Secretary of State and the rules will be published on the Illinois Register on August 7th. This publication on the register commences the first notice in the Illinois rule-making process (found here) which will last at least 45 days.  During the first notice, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) must review the rule to determine the possible impact on small businesses, and the general public can submit comment on the proposed rule. The first notice terminates when the agency files with the Joint Committee of Administrative Rules (JCAR), initiating the second notice. The 2015 Illinois Energy Conservation Code is expected to go into effect on November 30, 2015.

The rules that the CDB filed with the Secretary of State have few changes when compared to the current 2012 Illinois Energy Conservation Code, but some changes, and lack of changes, are significant. These significant changes for residential buildings are listed below.


  • With the “concurrence of the code official” the Energy Rating Index (ERI) alternative in the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) can be used as a compliance method.
  • Another option has been added in order to comply with the basement insulation requirement. These options are the following:
    • Install R 10 continuous or R-13 cavity insulation from the top of the basement wall down to ten feet below grade or six inches above the basement floor, whichever is less, or;
    • Install R-15 continuous or R-19 cavity insulation from the top of the basement wall down to four feet below the grade.


  • The air leakage testing requirement has been kept at 5 ACH 50, instead of the 3 ACH 50 proposed in the 2015 IECC.


Iowa has initiated the process to adopt the 2015 International Code Council model building codes, but a "Notice of Intended Action" must be filed by the state's legal department in order for the process to continue. Once the notice has been filed, the state has six months to complete the adoption process. MEEA will provide updates and a timeline once they become available.


A public hearing is scheduled for Friday, October 23, 2015 to discuss whether the state should conduct a study of the 2012 and 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) in comparison to the state current energy code (2009 IECC). This Interim Study will recommend whether either code should be adopted as the statewide energy code, and whether it will help Nebraska find more cost-effective ways to meet federal regulations of the US EPA Clean Power Plan. This study was originally proposed by Senator Crawford in a bill that was introduced to the legislature on April 8, 2015. A copy of the bill (LR 174) can be found here

Notice of RFQ


The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (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 provide Advanced Training services (Trainer) for the US Department of Energy (DOE) funded Kentucky Codes Compliance Improvement Study.  The Trainer will both develop the training curricula and materials, and teach all classes for that topic area.  There will be a minimum of four classes taught for each topic area.  The training locations will be distributed across the state of Kentucky, with trainings being provided from October 2015 through September 2017.
The intent of the Training program is to provide tightly focused residential energy code training on specific topic identified as needing additional support in the baseline study.  Target audiences include code officials, builders, sub-contractors, design professionals, and other energy code stakeholders.  MEEA is currently seeking qualified Trainers for the following residential energy code topic areas:
HVAC Sizing                                         Duct Design                               
Duct Sealing                                         Insulation Installation
Basement Insulation
RFQ responses may be submitted for an individual topic, a sub-set of topics, or the full suite of topics.  Materials regarding this RFQ can be downloaded at www.mwalliance.org/foa-rfp

Please contact foa-rfp@mwalliance.org with questions regarding the RFQ. 

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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