Residential and Commercial Sectors
Residential and commercial buildings account for 40% of energy use in the country. These buildings where we live and work are affected by policies that provide minimum construction standards that reduce energy waste, provide financing options to help pay for energy upgrades, promote advancing energy efficiency through high-performance buildings that go beyond minimum requirements and techniques for taking advantage of the latest technologies in energy monitoring and control, and that ensure that as buildings become tighter that the health and safety of occupants are maintained.
Building Energy Codes in Kansas
Residential Energy Code
Commercial Energy Code
2006 IECC (effective 4/11/2007) VOLUNTARY, UNENFORCEABLE
Kansas Commercial Building Code
Authorized by – Statute. The State has technically adopted the 2006 IECC as the applicable standard for commercial and industrial buildings in Kansas (KSA 66-1227), however the same law also states that "the state corporation commission has no authority to adopt or enforce energy efficiency standards for residential, commercial, or industrial structures." Jurisdictions are free to adopt that standard or any others they choose. This means that in practice, there is no functional statewide energy code in the state of Kansas.
Oversight – None. The Energy Division of the Kansas Corporation Commission has nominal oversight of energy codes, but no power to change or enforce them.
Code change process – Legislative. To implement any changes to the Kansas energy code, legislative action would be required to either adopt a code or to give adoption authority to the state commission.
Code change cycle – None.
Enforcement – None.
Implementation/Compliance Studies – There are no compliance studies taking place in Kansas.
► Overview of building energy codes in the Midwest
In addition to building energy codes, states and utilities are often looking for ways to take buildings "beyond code" and achieve higher levels of energy savings. Home performance programs are becoming widespread in the region and offer a good best-practices example of a next step beyond baseline building energy code for states and utilities that are interested in achieving additional energy savings in residential buildings.
Summary of Home Peformance Programs in Kansas
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Kansas has not yet implemented any home performance programs.
► Overview of home performance programs in the Midwest