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ASHRAE Residential Code Nears Completion

ASHRAE Residential Code Nears Completion

After a hiatus of more than a decade, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is close to completing the update of the residential building code ASHRAE 90.2: Energy Efficient Design of Low Rise Residential Buildings. ASHRAE 90.2 is the companion standard to the better-known ASHRAE 90.1, which is the [Continue]

Benchmarking Heats up in the Midwest

Benchmarking Heats up in the Midwest

In the last month, energy benchmarking at the city level has really heated up in the Midwest. Benchmarking policies have proven to be a crucial first step to achieving energy savings for cities. Buildings comprise around 40 percent of the total energy consumption in the United States. Kansas City, MO Kansas City is preparing for [Continue]

Iowa Releases State Energy Plan

Iowa Releases State Energy Plan

On December 21, Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, along with  the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress released the Iowa Energy Plan. The plan will serve as a guide for the development of an affordable, reliable and sustainable energy system within the state [Continue]

Conference Recap: 7th Annual Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference

Conference Recap:  7th Annual Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference

The MEEA Codes team took their talents to Cleveland, OH where they held the 7th Annual Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference from November 15 -16, 2016. This event was a success with two productive days of networking and discussion among a diverse group of building efficiency professionals in the Midwest (and some from the coasts). Building [Continue]

Wisconsin Commercial Energy Code Veers Off Course

Wisconsin Commercial Energy Code Veers Off Course

Despite holding several meetings over the last eight months about the proposed 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)/ASHRAE Standard 90.1 -2013 for commercial buildings, the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Council (CBCC) made several unannounced changes to the proposed rule at their final meeting on November 16 that will result in [Continue]

Evanston Workshop Opens Eyes on Benchmarking

Evanston Workshop Opens Eyes on Benchmarking

Buildings comprise around 40 percent of the total energy consumption in the United States, and benchmarking policies have proven to be a crucial first step to achieving energy savings. The Evanston City Council is currently considering a water and energy benchmarking ordinance to better track and reduce energy waste and costs for its [Continue]

City of Chicago Passes Benchmarking Ordinance

On September 11, 2013, the City of Chicago passed a building energy benchmarking and disclosure policy for public, commercial, and high rise residential buildings making it the ninth city in the U.S. and second city in the Midwest to pass this kind of ordinance. Building owners, investors, and operation managers in the City will now [Continue]

Iowa Compliance, Implementation, and Evaluation Workshop Provides Take-Aways for MEEA Staff

On September 19th and 20th, the Iowa Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Codes Program sponsored a Compliance, Implementation, and Evaluation workshop in Des Moines, Iowa.  The audience consisted mainly of local building inspectors and code officials from around Iowa.  Most attendees were interested [Continue]

Ohio Adopts More Efficient Building Code

After more than four years of debates and compromises between advocates, builders, and other stakeholders, the state of Ohio has finally adopted a newer, more energy efficient residential building code. The new code will save both energy and money for the homeowners. The new residential code joins the recently adopted commercial code. The adoption [Continue]

MEEA Celebrates a Successful 2nd Annual Building Energy Codes Conference

MEEA Celebrates a Successful 2nd Annual Building Energy Codes Conference

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance held its 2nd Annual Building Energy Codes Conference on October 5th and 6th at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL with great success. The event brought together key members of the energy codes industry in the Midwest region. Attendees included a wide range of stakeholders represented by state code officials, [Continue]