Midwest Energy Codes Status Report - March 12, 2013

Midwest Energy Codes Status Report

February 20, 2013 – March 12, 2013

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

Building Energy Codes Activity:


  • A bill has been introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives that would affect the adoption cycle of energy codes.  House Bill 1331 seeks to increase the residential energy code cycle to “at least every 6 years.”
  • The Construction Specifiers Institute is holding a program on March 19th titled, “State of Illinois Energy Code Update” in Chicago.  Please visit the CSI website for registration information.  Registration for this event is limited.


  • A stakeholder collaborative has convened in Iowa to discuss possible statewide adoption of the 2012 IECC.  While there is no statutory or legal requirement to adopt the new code, several state officials and local advocates have shown interest in updating the code, and this collaborative will gauge the potential for success in the state.  The stakeholders involved come from a variety of backgrounds, including: local building officials, state building officials, architects, realtors, utility representatives, energy raters, builders, and advocates.  The collaborative will be discussing the costs and potential energy savings of upgrading from the 2009 to 2012 IECC.  The homebuilders association has expressed opposition to upgrading the residential code, while upgrading the commercial code has not been opposed.  
  • Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency is hosting two upcoming webinars related to energy efficiency in buildings.  On March 13th at 12pm Central the webinar is called, “Planning for Energy Efficiency in the Building Process.”  On April 3rd at 12pm Central the webinar is called, “The Difference Between the 2009 and 2012 IECC.” For more information please visit IAEE’s website.


  • The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has released a timetable for their 2012 code adoption cycle, including IECC.  The state is looking to receive Governor’s approval and finalize adoption by October 2013.  According to the timeline, they hope to hold a public hearing in April 2013 on the proposed code.


  • The Nebraska Energy Codes Compliance Collaborative will be holding its first meeting on March 27th in Lincoln.  The group will discuss the collaborative process and formulate goals and action items.  Currently the collaborative includes members of the Nebraska Energy Office, BCAP, MEEA, local builders, utility representatives, and a legislative staffer. They hope to get more utility involvement, as well as additional policymakers and building trade allies (architects, builders, etc).  For more information, please contact Chris Burgess at MEEA: cburgess@mwalliance.org.


  • Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) has selected Ohio to participate in its Energy Codes Ambassador Program.  As part of the program, up to 12 energy code ambassadors will be trained on the energy code and asked to participate in future codes-related activities in the state regarding adoption, compliance, and enforcement of energy codes.  This program has previously had success in other states, including Utah, Nevada, Alabama, and Idaho.

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