Midwest Energy Codes Status Report - March 3, 2017

Building Codes Activity


St. Louis County, MO

The St. Louis County Building Commission held a public meeting on Wednesday, February 8 to review the proposed building code based on the  2015 suite of I-Codes.

Despite opposition from an overwhelming majority of attendees and multiple letters warning of the potential harm to consumers, the commission voted unanimously to approve the proposed building code. The rules now go to the St. Louis County Council for final approval.

For more information on the building commission hearing, check out the coverage from St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis Post Dispatch and St. Louis Magazine.


The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) held three public hearings and accepted written comments on its proposed commercial energy code (2015 IECC by reference) for potential adoption.

The proposed code includes several weakening amendments which will reduce its level of efficiency and cost-effectiveness. MEEA and several other organizations testified at the final hearing in Madison on February 2 in support of adopting the unamended 2015 IECC. The WI DSPS will now take all comments into consideration and release a final set of rules.


On Tuesday, February 28, SF 388 graduated from a senate study bill to a full senate bill when it was approved 10-5 by the Committee on State Government. SF 388 would allow municipalities to use the 2009 IECC to comply with state energy code requirements for residential buildings, instead of the more robust statewide energy code, the 2012 IECC.

The bill has been read once and placed on the senate calendar for consideration. 


Building Energy Data Activity


St. Louis, MO

On Monday, January 30, St. Louis became the fifth city in the Midwest to pass a mandatory energy benchmarking ordinance. The “Building Energy Awareness” ordinance requires certain buildings to record annual whole-building energy and water consumption data into the free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager software. City-owned buildings will lead the way benchmarking in the first year under the ordinance. Privately-owned commercial buildings 50,000 sq.ft. and larger will need to comply by April 1, 2018. Both city- and privately-owned buildings will be required to report their consumption information each year thereafter.

Kansas City, MO

Kansas City is preparing for its first privately-owned buildings to report under the Kansas City Energy Empowerment Ordinance. All non-municipal buildings (institutional, commercial and multifamily residential) of at least 100,000 sq. ft. must submit their energy and water consumption data by May 1, 2017.

In preparation for the reporting deadline, MEEA, the US Green Building Council – Central Plains Chapter, and the Kansas City Energy Project provided free benchmarking technical support for multifamily buildings on January 25, 2017. Attendees learned how to use the free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager software and even set up their own buildings with the help of energy professionals.

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For more information on building efficiency policy in the Midwest, please contact:
Isaac Elnecave | Senior Policy Manager
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Ian Blanding | Sr. Building Policy Associate
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
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