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Midwest Energy Codes Status Report - October 24, 2014

Midwest Energy Codes Status Report
October 24,   2014


Building Energy Code Activity


Kentucky
MEEA was awarded a three year grant from U.S. Department of Energy to help implement a
residential energy code compliance improvement study in Kentucky. MEEA is partnering with
two Kentucky state agencies on the project: Department for Energy Development and
Independence (DEDI) and Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction (DHBC). The
project will consist of three phases: 1) Initial code compliance evaluation; 2) Implementation of
code compliance improvement initiatives; and 3) Post-project compliance evaluation to help
determine energy savings that resulted from the initiatives. The specific compliance
improvement measures will include enhanced trainings and a circuit rider program that will
provide assistance to local building departments. The project will begin October 2014 and is
scheduled to run until August 2017. For more information, please contact Isaac Elnecave:
ielnecave@mwalliance.org.


Minnesota (Adoption)
Minnesota has finalized the process to adopt a new statewide building energy code for
residential buildings, which will be effective February 14, 2015. The adoption notice was
published in the Minnesota State Register on August 18, 2014. Minnesota will become the third
state in the Midwest to adopt a version of the residential 2012 IECC, following Illinois and Iowa.
MEEA previously participated in a stakeholder working group that recommended adoption of
the new code in Minnesota. For more information on the new residential code, including the
specific amendments to the model code, please visit the MEEA Unplugged blog. The state is
expected to release a draft version of the new Minnesota energy code for commercial buildings
in the next several months. Please contact Matthew Giudice with any questions:
mgiudice@mwalliance.org.


Minnesota (Compliance)
A code compliance collaborative has been formed in Minnesota to bring stakeholders together
with a goal of increasing compliance with the state’s energy codes. The first meeting was held
in Minneapolis on October 22nd. The group discussed its goals and plans for the future, as well
as identifying current obstacles and opportunities for increasing compliance in the state.
Participants in the collaborative included: state code agencies, local code officials, HVAC
professionals, homebuilders, energy raters, and other energy advocates.  MEEA assisted Fresh
Energy to facilitate the collaborative, and they plan to hold another meeting later this year.
Please contact Matthew Giudice with any questions: mgiudice@mwalliance.org.


Illinois
The Illinois Capital Development Board has begun the process to update the statewide building
energy code to the 2015 IECC. The state’s Energy Codes Advisory Council has met several times
to begin preliminary adoption work. The group is accepting amendment proposals to the 2015
IECC, from now until December 1, 2014. Please visit the Illinois Capital Development Board
website for more information and instructions on how to submit a proposed amendment.
For more information, please contact Matthew Giudice at MEEA, mgiudice@mwalliance.org.


Midwest Energy Codes & Benchmarking Conference
MEEA will be hosting the 5th Annual Midwest Building Energy Codes & Benchmarking Conference
in Kansas City, Missouri, November 18 – 20, 2014. The first day will be dedicated to
benchmarking issues, and the second and third days will focus on energy codes. The codes
sessions will include discussions on current topics, including: utility claimed savings compliance
efforts, 2015 IECC, HERS and the code, and other issues related to adoption and compliance of
codes in the Midwest. The event will be held at Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown.
Please contact Matthew Giudice at MEEA for more information or to be added to the conference
distribution list: mgiudice@mwalliance.org.


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

Isaac Elnecave | Senior Policy Manager
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
312.784.7353
ielnecave@mwalliance.org

Matthew Giudice | Building Policy Associate
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
312.374.0926
mgiudice@mwalliance.org