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October 24, 2014, 4:18 pm
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City Close To Nullifying Energy Conservation Code Enforcement

The City of Springfield is moving to not enforce any energy conservation code, after an ordinance to update the city's code with the latest published International Energy Conservation Code standards failed to come out of committee for a third time.


Beginning this year, the state of Illinois mandates local units of government enforce the most recently published code book.


Mayor Mike Houston says if the city refuses to pass the latest IECC updates into the code books as acording to state law, he will just have the building department simply not enforce any energy conservation measures.  


Currently on the City of Springfield's books is the IECC of 2009, not the most recent published, as is the language in state law.


Aldermen could go through and gut the code book of any energy conservation measures, but that remains to be seen if that's how the aldermen will act.


Future construction in Springfield will still have to be built to the most recent codes, but the city will not seek compliance.  


Supporters of having the city enforce the state law say it creates a level playing field for builders.


The area home builders association says it wants the city to support repealing the state law entirely because it increases the cost of home more on the low end market.


Aldermen will decide the fate of the city's energy conservation enforcement efforts next week.

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