Midwest Energy Codes Status Report - October 6, 2016






Building Codes Activity


St. Louis County, MO

The St. Louis County Building Commission canceled its last two public meetings to review the proposed 2015 suite of I-Codes (including the energy code), but they will likely review the codes at their next scheduled meeting on Wednesday, February 8.

The proposed commercial energy code rules maintain the level of efficiency in the 2015 IECC, but the proposed residential energy code rules (found here, pgs. 72-80) include weakening amendments to the building envelope, home testing and lighting sections, as well as allowing equipment and glazing area trade-offs in the performance compliance path, making it less efficient than their current energy code (2009 IECC by reference).

For those interested in attending or testifying, here's the meeting information:

  • Wednesday, February 8, 1:30 pm
  • 8th Floor Conference Room,
    41 S. Central Ave., St. Louis, MO


The Wisconsin Commercial Building Codes Council finished their review of the 2015 IECC on November 16 for potential adoption in the Wisconsin Building Code. At this meeting, unfortunately, the council proposed several unannounced amendments which reduce the efficiency of the proposed 2015 IECC. The amendments which will have the most impact on efficiency include, weakening the building thermal envelope to the 2009 IECC, removing all building commissioning and lighting sensor requirements, and eliminating the additional efficiency package requirement (which alone improves commercial building efficiency by 5%).

With these amendments, the proposed code (found here) is significantly less efficient than what the council was considering at all previous meetings. The council will now take written comments until February 2 at 11:00 am and verbal comments at three public hearings throughout the state.

Written comments can be emailed to DSPSAdminRules@wisconsin.gov or mailed to:
Department of Safety and Professional Services
Division of Policy Development
1400 East Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 8366, Madison, WI 53708-8935. 

Meeting Info:
Jan. 31, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Eau Claire, WI, Sacred Heart Hospital
Feb. 1, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Appleton, WI, FVTC Public Safety Training Center
Feb. 2, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, Madison, WI, Department of Safety and Professional Services


The Iowa Building Code Advisory Council (BCAC) held a meeting on Tuesday, December 6 to discuss the proposed 2015 IECC for potential adoption. At the meeting, the BCAC opted not to move forward with the adoption of the 2015 IECC for several reasons; one of them being that by the time the code is in effect the 2015 IECC will no longer be the most recent model energy code.  

The 2018 IECC will be finalized this January and will likely be deemed as the model energy code in April or May by the Department of Energy. Considering this, the BCAC will begin their review of the 2018 IECC early this year for potential adoption.


On December, 28, 2016 Governor Pence signed Executive Order 16-08 to extend the state commercial energy code rules (which were set to expire January 1, 2017) until January 1, 2018. This order was issued because the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) requested comments on their recommendation to readopt the 2010 Indiana Energy Conservation Code instead of updating to a more efficient code. However, by receiving comments on this, state legislation prohibited them from readopting the code and instead required a full stakeholder review process be conducted.

With the executive order, Indiana's commercial energy code stays in effect and a full stakeholder process can be conducted before it expires in 2018. The IDHS will now convene a process to discuss the merits of readopting the existing commercial energy code or consider adopting a more efficient one. The Indiana DHS has not yet scheduled the first meeting to start this process.


Building Energy Data Activity

Evanston, IL

The Evanston Building Energy and Water Use Benchmarking Ordinance passed City Council with a 7-2 vote on December 10, 2016.  The ordinance will use a phased approach to eventually require annual energy and water consumption reporting in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager of city buildings over 10,000 square feet and commercial and multifamily buildings over 20,000 square feet, with the first reporting deadline occurring on June 30, 2017. Certain condo buildings are exempt from the ordinance.

St. Louis, MO

St. Louis, Missouri is aiming to become the fifth city in the Midwest with a mandatory energy benchmarking ordinance. The benchmarking ordinance, which unanimously passed the Board of Aldermen’s Public Safety Committee on January 10, 2017, will likely be voted upon by the city council on January 17. It will require city-owned buildings and privately-owned buildings 50,000 sq.ft. and larger to report their annual whole-building energy and water consumption data into the free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager software. The ordinance would help reduce building energy use, which is an objective of the city’s Sustainability Plan. Read more about the ordinance here.

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 square feet 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 are providing free benchmarking technical support for multifamily buildings on January 25, 2017. Attendees will learn how to use the free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager software and even set up their own buildings with the help of energy professionals. The event is also open to buildings that do not fall under the ordinance. Space is limited; click here to sign up for this free event.

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