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Building Policy Updates

Minnesota

The Minnesota Commercial Energy Code Technical Advisory Group (TAG) continues to discuss the provisions and proposed amendments to ASHRAE 90.1-2019, which the state is reviewing for potential adoption as the new statewide energy code for commercial buildings. The TAG will continue to meet every two weeks with the next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 16th at 9:00 a.m. CDT. For more information, visit the Department of Labor and Industry’s website or contact Rich Lockrem with any questions. The adoption process is expected to conclude at the end of the year.
 
Additionally, two legislative bills were recently proposed in Minnesota:

  • The first bill, HF 831, would accelerate the state’s commercial energy code adoption from a 6-year cycle to a 3-year cycle, and require the state to adopt the latest version of ASRHAE 90.1 with amendments that increase building efficiency by a minimum of 8% each adoption cycle. The bill also sets a goal of achieving net zero by 2036. The House Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee held a hearing on this bill where it was referred to the Climate and Energy Finance and Policy committee.
  • The second, SF910, would prohibit the adoption of any new building codes until 2026, and would not allow the adoption of any new energy code unless it is proven to have a payback period of less than 5 years. If passed, this would retroactively apply to any codes adopted since January 1, 2020, and would impact the recently adopted 2018 IECC commercial provisions as well as the current review of ASHRAE 90.1-2019. A hearing for this bill has not yet been scheduled.

Missouri

Boone County, MO -  Boone County, Missouri is reviewing the 2018 suite of codes for potential adoption. The County has held several city council meetings after questions were raised regarding the proposed codes. Boone County is currently on an amended version of the 2015 IECC.
 
Jefferson City, MO – Jefferson City, MO has begun reviewing the 2018 suite of codes for potential adoption. A review committee has been formed but the process has been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about the proposed codes, visit Jefferson City’s website.

Springfield, MO: Springfield previously adopted the 2018 IECC with significant weakening amendments but is revisiting the unamended 2018 IECC for potential adoption. No timeline for this review has been given.

Indiana

The Indiana DHS Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission created an Exploratory Committee to review the existing building and fire safety codes and recommend a possible plan forward for updating the state’s building codes. At the Committee's first meeting, there was some interest in updating the current commercial energy code, which is a version of the 2009 IECC. The Exploratory Committee's next meeting will be on Thursday, March 11th at 9:00 a.m. CST. For more information, visit the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission's website.

Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan is looking to adopt a commercial and multifamily benchmarking ordinance. If passed, this will cover city buildings larger than 10,000 square feet and non-city buildings larger than 20,000 square feet. The City has hosted multiple webinars on the benchmarking policy and development process, and they are accepting public comments until March 5th. There is no word yet on when this will be decided. For more information visit Ann Arbor's Benchmarking website

Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has convened a Commercial Building Code Council and is reviewing the 2021 IBC, including the energy chapter, for potential adoption. The Council will meet next on March 8th at 10 a.m CST; however, they will most likely not get to the energy chapter until this summer. For more information, visit Wisconsin's Commercial Building Code Council's website

Share your experience regarding inspections and plan reviews!

MEEA, in collaboration with NEEP and the International Code Council (ICC), would like to know your experience with remote inspections and electronic plan review for on-site and off-site/prefabricated construction. Survey results will identify barriers and potential improvement strategies within the inspection and review processes, and help survey partners develop best practice recommendations and assist the expansion of these review processes.
 
This survey is for anyone who is involved with the inspection or permit review process as well as off-site construction practices, such as code officials, contractors, manufacturers and builders. All responses will be anonymous and the survey will close on March 19th. Please contact Crystal Egelkamp if you have any questions.

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Upcoming Events

How to Benefit from Benchmarking Compliance with Strategies for Improving Energy Performance 

Tuesday, March 30: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. (CDT) 

This ENERGY STAR webinar will help attendees understand their benchmarking results and work on improving their building's energy performance with low-to-no-cost improvements that can help reduce energy consumption and save money without significant capital investments. Attendees will also learn about a variety of free ENERGY STAR resources that are available to help improve their building's energy performance, and how to connect with service provider organizations that can help them achieve energy efficiency goals and earn ENERGY STAR certification for their building.

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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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