Several State Legislatures Take Action on Energy Code

Originally published by: ASHRAEApril 1, 2019

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Below are summaries of state legislative actions that could have an impact on the energy code:

Minnesota Moves to Slow Code Updates

On March 12, the Minnesota Senate Finance and Policy and Elections Committee considered legislation (S.F. 2006) that would significantly slow the updating of residential building codes if the update increased the average cost of constructing a residence by $1,000 or more, which is less than one percent of the cost of an average house in Minnesota. The bill would slow updates for any improved energy cost savings or life safety improvements.

The bill was approved on a contested voice vote of the committee, and has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee. This is the third time this bill has been proposed in Minnesota. Minnesota is one of the few states with a divided legislature.

Virginia Governor Signs Bill Supporting Net Positive Energy Schools

On March 26, the Governor of Virginia signed legislation that requires new and renovated schools to achieve net positive energy performance using industry standards. ASHRAE’s Advanced Energy Design Guide is specifically named in the legislation as a guide that can be used to achieve this result.

Utah Updates Commercial Energy Code

Governor Herbert signed HB 218 this week, which updates Utah’s commercial energy code to the 2018 IECC.

Colorado Looks to Push Local Jurisdictions Toward IECC

HB 1260 was introduced in Colorado this week to require local jurisdictions to adopt one of the 3 most recent versions of the IECC.

New Hampshire Seeks to Update Energy Codes

NH H 562 passed the House and was referred to Senate Executive and Departments on March 21, 2019. It would advance the 2015 energy code.