Friday, January 15, 2010

MEEA Conference Closes with Emphasis on Weatherization Projects

Robin Roy, Vice President of Projects and Policy for Serious Materials served as one of the closing speakers at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (MEEA) Energy Solutions Conference.

The conference, which was held January 13 through January 15, concluded today at about noon Central Time.

During Roy’s closing remarks, he emphasized the need to re-energize America by making the best possible use of the $5 billion in stimulus funds available for weatherization projects over the next two years. Roy said that prior to the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AARA), the funding available for such projects had been about $250 million annually for nearly 12 years.

“We’re standing on the cusp of a rare and amazing opportunity,” Roy said. “We must take advantage of it and provide retrofits for the nearly 50 million buildings that could benefit from the resulting cost savings.”

NFRC representatives attended MEEA’s Energy Solutions Conference to promote awareness of its activities and programs and to explain the role they play in sustainable building and improving energy efficiency.

BCAP Reports on Updated Building Codes

Below are some of the most recent updates being reported by the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP).


In accordance with the statutory requirements of the Green Communities Act of 2008, the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) has amended the 7th Edition State Building Code (780 CMR). As of January 1, builders must use the 2009 IECC with MA amendments.

BBRS is allowing a 6-month concurrency period, through June 30, 2010, during which either the previous code (the 2006 IECC with the 2007 IECC Supplement and MA amendments) or the new code may be used. Commencing July 1, 2010, the baseline energy conservation requirements of the State Building Code will default to 2009 IECC and MA amendments.


As directed by legislation passed in May 2009, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) published the 2010 Maryland Building Performance Standards (MBPS).

Effective January 1, the MBPS now incorporate by reference the 2009 IECC, as well as the 2009 International Building Code (IBC) and the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC). Each local jurisdiction in Maryland may modify these codes with exception to the 2009 IECC and the energy efficiency chapter (Chapter 13) of the 2009 IBC, which can be made more stringent but not less so. The energy efficiency chapter (Chapter 11) of the 2009 IRC has been deleted and replaced with a reference to the 2009 IECC.


The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) State Codes Advisory Committee (SCAC) 2009 IECC Task Force has posted minutes from its meetings on November 16 and December 9. The third meeting of the Task Force is scheduled for Thursday, January 14 in Atlanta. The Task Force is tentatively expected to review all amendments submitted to date up to item 2009-IECC-21.


After the Hawaii Building Code Council approved the 2006 IECC with state-specific amendments on October 13, work has begun on the development of a statewide code to be based on the 2009 IECC. The 2009 IECC subcommittee of the Dept. of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism met on January 12 in Honolulu. Minutes from the Oct. 13, Nov. 4, and Dec. 8 meetings are now available.


In July, the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development voted in favor of adopting a recommendation to update the Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) to reference the 2009 IECC and 2009 IRC (it currently references the 2006 IECC). The DHCD will hold a public meeting on Monday, January 25 in Glen Allen, at which it will receive public comments on the proposed USBC update. The Board is scheduled to review and finalize adoption of the proposed code changes during the first six months of 2010, with a tentative effective date of September 30, 2010.