Midwest Energy Codes Status Report - June 28, 2013

Midwest Energy Codes Status Report

June 28, 2013

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

Building Energy Codes Activity:


  • The Columbia, Missouri city council passed a resolution to delay a vote on adoption of the 2012 energy codes for at least 90 days, pursuant to a Missouri state statute.  The statute calls for any model building codes to be filed with the city clerk for 90 days before adoption.  The city council held a pre-council meeting on June 17th to discuss energy code adoption, where both the Building Construction Codes Commission and the Environment and Energy Commission spoke about their recommended amendments.  MEEA will be working with local advocates to support the adoption process in the coming months and advocate for a strong and cost-effective code for both the commercial and residential sectors.  The council is expected to schedule a vote in September.


  • The Nebraska Energy Code Compliance Collaborative held its third meeting on June 25th in Lincoln.  The group reviewed their mission statement, and Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) presented an overview of their Nebraska Gap Analysis and Strategic Compliance Plan.  Progress reports were presented from each of the group’s five subcommittees (Funding, Training, Outreach, State and Local Policy, and Compliance Measurement), and focus topics for each subcommittee were developed.

Moving forward, the collaborative plans to initiate a dialogue between utilities, code officials, and other stakeholders to discuss a possible utility role for supporting existing code compliance infrastructure.  The group would also like to explore an energy code education initiative focusing on state legislators.

The next meeting will be held in late August or early September.  Please contact Chris Burgess at MEEA for more information: cburgess@mwalliance.org.


  • On June 26th, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a proposal to the city council to create a building energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance. Chicago is looking to join 8 other U.S. cities, including Minneapolis, Boston, New York City, and San Francisco, that have enacted similar policies.

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. Submission year would vary on building size and type, with public disclosure of the data offset one year from city submission. One measure that is unique to Chicago’s proposal is that building owners would be required to have their data verified every three years by a licensed architect, engineer, or other professional recognized by the city. MEEA has been working with the City to craft the robust legislation and to develop an implementation plan that would assist building owners in complying with the proposed measures.

The goal of this legislation is to encourage, but not force, building owners to reduce the total yearly energy consumed within their building. 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.

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