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Building Policy Updates

Illinois

Illinois' statewide energy code adoption process is expected to begin later this month. Public participation in this process is encouraged, with opportunities to provide feedback on the proposed code likely occurring in June. For more information, visit the Illinois Capital Development Board's website.

Indiana 

The Indiana Exploratory Committee for Code Updates is accepting and encouraging comments regarding the impact of the Commission’s current adoption of older versions of model codes on construction, as well as comments on the impact that updating these model codes to more current versions will have on construction, economic development and public safety in Indiana.

Comments may be made on the existing building codes in the state, including the 2014 Indiana Building Code, the 2020 Indiana Residential Code (including the energy chapter) and the 2010 Indiana Energy Conservation Code. Indiana currently has adopted the 2009 IECC for commercial buildings and a significantly amended version of the 2018 IECC for residential buildings.

Comments must be submitted via the Commission’s Code Comments web form and will be reviewed and discussed at the next meeting on June 10th at 8 a.m. CDT. For details about the information requested by the Committee, visit the Committee's website. Contact buildingcommission@dhs.in.gov with any questions.

Comments Due: Friday, May 21, 2021, 3:30 p.m. CDT. Submit comments here

Iowa

The State of Iowa will begin to review the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), including some amendments, for adoption. The Building Code Advisory Council (BCAC) will continue to review the 2018 IECC and hearings will be held across the state to hear comments on the proposed code. Once the hearings have concluded, the code will be presented in a legislative code hearing where questions will be answered on the provisions. The process is expected to conclude in early 2022. 

Minnesota

Minnesota's Construction Codes Advisory Council (CCAC) is reviewing ASHRAE 90.1-2019 for adoption and is assessing the recommendations from the state's Commercial Energy Code Technical Advisory Group (TAG). The TAG recommended some modifications to ASHRAE and also voted to incorporate several addenda, including provisions requiring some buildings to have on-site renewable energy. Recommended changes to the energy code can be found on the Department of Labor and Industry’s website. Contact Rich Lockrem with any questions.
 

Next Meeting: Thursday, May 27, 2021, 9:30 a.m. CDT. Register here

Ohio

The Ohio Board of Building Standards (BBS) is expected to begin its review of the energy provisions in the 2021 International Building Code early next month. BBS meetings are open to the public and participation is encouraged. For more information, visit the BBS's website.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin's Commercial Building Code Council is currently reviewing the Commercial Building Code, and it is expected to review the Energy Conservation Chapter (Chapter 13) in the next few months. The Council will meet next on June 14th to continue its review. For more information, visit Wisconsin's Commercial Building Code Council's website
 

Next Meeting: Monday, June 14, 2021, 10:00 a.m. CDT. Information here

U.S. DOE releases Determinations of Efficiency for IECC and ASHRAE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recently released preliminary determinations of efficiency for ASHRAE 90.1-2019 for commercial buildings and the residential provisions of the 2021 IECC. The analyses showed that the latest edition of ASHRAE was approximately 4.7% more efficient than the previous edition (90.1-2016), and the residential provisions of the 2021 IECC were 9.4% more efficient than those in the 2018 IECC. More information, including the technical analyses for ASHRAE 90.1-2019 and the 2018 IECC, can be found at DOE's Building Energy Codes Program's website.

Upcoming Events

Utility-Enabled Whole Building Data at Scale: It's a Win-win 

Wednesday, May 26, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CDT

Think you know how to reduce building energy consumption in the U.S.? This webinar will prove there are solutions you have yet to imagine. In most markets, buildings are un- or under-managed assets, and we need to turn our conversations about what buildings consume and how they interact with the grid into real action at scale. In this webinar, MEEA, ComEd and Calico Energy share how the right stakeholders working together will change the way utilities interact with the built world.

Speakers: 

  • Da’Janel Roberts-Smith, ComEd, Senior Business Project Manager
  • Colleen Morris, Calico Energy, CEO
  • Alison Lindburg, MEEA, Senior Building Policy Manager
Register Here

2021 National Energy Codes Conference (NECC): Registration coming soon!

July 20 - 22 | Virtual
 
Save the date! The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program is pleased to announce the 2021 National Energy Codes Conference will take place July 20-22, 2021, and is free for all to attend.

The conference will feature a variety of informative and engaging plenary sessions, discussion panels and interactive breakouts. Preceding the conference (July 20), newcomers to codes as well as those looking to refresh their knowledge can attend the Energy Code Bootcamp, a training workshop covering Energy Codes 101, and an introduction to DOE’s REScheck and COMcheck energy code compliance software.

This year’s featured topics will include:

  • Emerging State & Local Goals: From Zero Energy to Electrification to Decarbonization
  • The Role of Building Codes in Shaping Equity and Environmental Justice
  • The Final Frontier: Energy Codes and Building Performance Standards for Existing Buildings
  • And many more!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information including registration and a range of topics featuring the latest in building energy codes! 

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If you have questions or would like more information on building efficiency policy in the Midwest, please contact Nicole Westfall, Building Policy Manager, at 312.374.0918 or nwestfall@mwalliance.org
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