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October 24, 2014, 9:45 am
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Springfield Aldermen Question New Residential Building Code Mandates

There are a lot of questions about proposed changes to some of the codes for future residential construction projects in Springfield.


Aldermen went round-robin with a ton of different questions concerning an ordinance that would bring Springfield's building codes in compliance with the latest International Energy Conservation Code.


The state of Illinois mandates IECC codes be updated according to John Sadowski, Springfield building department manager.


Dean Graven, a board member on the State Home Builder's Association, says that some of the requirements are "totally out of control" and could increase the cost of building at 2,000 sq. ft. home by two to three thousand dollars more.


Aldermen also discovered the state has taken home rule out as an option when complying with the updated IECC.


Aldermen moved to keep the ordinance in committee so corporation counsel can find out what the penalty to the city will be if aldermen chose to not comply.

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