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3. OHIO History: For over 7 months, commercial buildings in Ohio have been gov- erned by the 2009 IBC, 2009 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2007. Residential Codes: The Ohio Board of Building Standards (BBS) held a public hearing in late April on proposed plans to adopt the 2009 IECC, while also off ering an alternative compliance path created by the Ohio Home Builders Association. Some believe the home builders’ alternative path will perform equally to the 2009 IECC, but at a lower cost. In addition, the proposal calls for the Residential Code of Ohio (RCO) to be replaced with a new code based on the 2009 IRC. In late May, the BBS updated the RCO to the 2009 IECC, but it

also allows two state-developed alternative paths of compliance. The new code will apply to new and renovated homes starting in January 2013.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the new code will: Raise the minimum insulation for exterior walls from R-13 to R-20, or R-13 plus a layer of insulating sheathing.

■ ■ Raise the minimum R-value of basement walls from R-5 to R-10. ■ Require that carbon-monoxide detectors be installed outside

each bedroom in a home that uses gas or propane or includes an attached garage.

Require that at least 75% of light bulbs in new homes be high-effi ciency, such as compact fl uorescent bulbs.

■ ■ Mandate that homes meet an air-tightness standard that in- cludes a blower-door test. ■ Require that fl oor joists between the basement and fi rst fl oor

that are less than 10 inches deep include a gypsum or wood layer underneath for additional fi re protection.

■ Increase the effi ciency of windows by reducing the maximum U-value from .40 to .35. ■ Remove the requirement that sump pumps and garage door

openers be plugged into GFCI outlets after homeowners com- plained that sump pumps and garage openers were kicking off . Observation(s): We commend all the stakeholders in Ohio for reaching an agree- ment that will allow many homeowners to save substantial money on their utility bills. Builders now have three compliance paths to achieve greater energy savings. Finally, some of the new require- ments are not only simple; they are logical and inexpensive.

4. MISSISSIPPI History: In early March, the state Senate passed a bill (SB2887) that would have adopted the 2009 IECC commercial energy code. The target eff ective date would then be July 1, 2012. Local jurisdictions would adopt rules and regulations to administer and enforce the new code and charge inspection fees. Commercial Codes: In early April, the House passed an amended version, and the bill then went to a conference committee. However, it never got out of that committee, and hence will not be passed during this legislative year. In response to that failure, the Senate passed another bill requir-

ing the Building Code Council to issue a report to every member of the legislature on its recommendation to update to one of the past three versions of both the IECC and ASHRAE 90.1. Those reports would have to be presented by the end of the 2012 calendar year. Observation(s): The committee’s failure to act is a very disappointing outcome. Mississippi hasn’t updated their energy code in a generation. It seemed as though everything was on track for their commercial code to enter the 21st century. Instead, they are still operating the same as they were in 1980. The good news is there appears to be momentum to overcome

whatever obstacles are present at the committee level, and bring some much needed modernization to the state.

5. ILLINOIS (UPDATE) Residential Codes: The Illinois Energy Code Advisory Council held a 45-day pub- lic comment period on the potential adoption of the 2012 IECC. When that time period concluded on June 15th, there was a public hearing in front of the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Review (JCAR). “The Energy Effi cient Building Act”, SB3724, has cleared the

hurdles of moving through both the House and the Senate. On June 22, it was sent to the governor for his signature. The bill that emerged retains a regular adoption cycle that is tied to the publication date of the most current code. Essentially, the wording indicates that the board shall review and adopt the latest published edition of the code within one year after its publication. The origi- nal attempt by the state HBA was to have the commercial code updated every three years and the residential code every six years. That was defeated. Based on the approved adoption cycle, the 2012 IECC will take eff ect on January 1, 2013. Observation(s): This faced major resistance from the state home builders associa- tion. and there was a broad range of cost increase fi gures thrown around by both sides. This is the topic of our state spotlight, found later in this report.


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