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October 20, 2014, 1:03 pm
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Area Home Builder Pushes City To Decide on Energy Conservation Code Enforcement

A board member of the State's Home Builders Association wants the city of Springfield to decide what it will do about updated energy efficiency codes.


Dean Graven wants the city to either ditch it's compliance to the International Energy Conversation Codes and force the state of Illinois to enforce the standards or get the city in place to enforce the standards.  Either way, Graven says the city must make that decision.


An ordinance in front of Springfield aldermen would change the city's code to adhere to the most recent code standards as prescribed by state law.


Graven says the state Association of Home Builders will soon provide a policy paper to the city and the state to urge a change in the law to keep the playing field level and not force high costs onto new construction.


Graven says that the city refusing to comply with the latest IECC codes won't keep builders from having to comply with the law, but it puts an unnecessary burden on consumers, the home builders and the home building process.


Aldermen Frank Edwards said if it's the state's law, let the state enforce it.


Edwards says as Springfield considers a tax increase for infrastructure, the last thing they should be doing is hiring more building code enforcers to enforce the latest published IECC Codes. 


Corporation Counsel Mark Cullen says that the city could drop all energy efficiency standards enforcement and let the home builders comply with state law on their own.


Graven says that the law will hurt the lower end consumer and homes for organizations like Habitat for Humanity.  


Graven also says there are a series of discussions with various organizations throughout the state to continue lobbying the state to change the state law.


Aldermen decided to hold the ordinance in committee for further analysis on its financial impact. 

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