Midwest Energy Codes Status Report - September 15, 2016

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O'Fallon, MO

The City of O'Fallon, MO joined a handful of other jurisdictions in Missouri by adopting the 2015 IECC. On Thursday, September 8, the O'Fallon City Council voted (6-4) to adopt by reference the 2015 suite of I-Codes, including the energy code.The adopted residential energy code is heavily amended and is approximately 35% less efficient than the unamneded 2015 IECC and roughly the same level of efficiency as their current energy code (2009 IECC by reference). However, O'Fallon made big strides in commercial efficiency by adopting the 2015 IECC with few amendments. Commercial buildings built to the new code will be approximately 25% more efficient.


On Monday, September 12, the Ohio Joint Committee on Administrative Rule Review (JCARR) formally adopted the 2012 IECC/ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010 by reference to regulate commercial building energy use in the state. The proposed rules (found here) include few amendments to the 2012 IECC, meaning that buildings built to the new code in the state will be approximately 18% more efficient than Ohio's current commercial energy code (2009 IECC). We are waiting for a formal notice from JCARR, but these rules will likely take effect January 1, 2017.


On Tuesday, September 6, the Commercial Building Code Council (CBCC) met to take drafting input on the proposed commercial energy code rules with reference to the 2015 IECC. Another meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, September 22, but an agenda has not yet been released.

Meeting Info: 9:00 am in Room 121 C, 1400 East Washington Avenue, Madison, WI


A public hearing (notice) has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 25 to hear public comments on the proposed commercial energy code rules (found here) with reference to the ASHRAE 90.1 - 2013. Draft rules were completed in May 2016 by the Bureau of Codes and Construction and were approved by the Michigan Office of Regulatory Reinvention (ORR) in June 2016. The rules include minimal amendments, so the code is approximately 25% more efficient than their current commercial energy code (2009 IECC). According to the adoption timeline, the updated energy code will be effective in June 2017.

Meeting Info: 9:00 am in Ottawa Building, Upper Level, Conference Room 3, 611 W. Ottawa Street, Lansing, MI



The next Nebraska Energy Code Compliance Collaborative meeting will be held Wednesday, October 5.


As part of the Kentucky Code Compliance Improvement Study, in-person code trainings are taking place throughout the state on the topics of Air Sealing, HVAC Design and Common Compliance Challenges. The list of upcoming classes can be found here

The next Kentucky Energy Codes Stakeholder meeting will be held Thursday, September 29.


Building Energy Data Activity


Evanston, IL

On Monday, September 12, the proposed Evanston Building Energy and Water Use Benchmarking Ordinance was approved by the Administration and Public Works Committee, with a great showing of support from different organizations and Evanston residents and professionals. The ordinance will be on the full city council agenda for action and potential vote on Monday, September 26.

The benchmarking ordinance would 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.

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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