Residential and Commercial Sectors
Residential and commercial buildings account for 40% of energy use in the country. These buildings where we live and work are affected by policies that provide minimum construction standards that reduce energy waste, provide financing options to help pay for energy upgrades, promote advancing energy efficiency through high-performance buildings that go beyond minimum requirements and techniques for taking advantage of the latest technologies in energy monitoring and control, and that ensure that as buildings become tighter that the health and safety of occupants are maintained.
Building Energy Codes in Indiana
Residential Energy Code
2009 IRC, with amendments to make its energy provisions equivalent to the 2009 IECC (effective 4/5/2012)
The 2005 Indiana Residential Code with 2011 Amendments
Commercial Energy Code
ASHRAE 90.1-2007, as amended (effective 6/6/2010)
The 2010 Indiana Energy Conservation Code
Authorized by – Regulation. Under the authority of IC 22-13-2-2 which gives it the power to adopt national model codes for buildings, the Fire Prevention & Building Safety Commission is responsible for the adoption of building energy codes. The commercial code is found at 675 IAC 19-4. The residential code is found at 675 IAC 14-4.
Oversight – Code oversight is done by the Codes Services Division of the Indiana Fire Prevention & Building Safety Commission.
Code change process – Regulatory. Code develoment is done by the Commission's Building Code Review Committee and the Residential Code Review Committee (which is currently inactive). Recommendations from the Committee are approved by the Commission and then must be approved by the Office of Management and Budget. The rule changes then go into Indiana's new rule review process, eventually being approved by the Governor's office.
Code change cycle – There is no set schedule for code adoption in Indiana.
Enforcement – Code enforcement is the duty of local code officials who are certified by the Commission under the rules in 675 IAC 12-7.
Implementation/Compliance Studies – According to the Building Codes Assistance Project, Indiana hired an independent administrator to run a building code compliance program and create a roadmap to achieve 90% compliance by 2017.
► Overview of building energy codes in the Midwest
In addition to building energy codes, states and utilities are often looking for ways to take buildings "beyond code" and achieve higher levels of energy savings. Home performance programs are becoming widespread in the region and offer a good best-practices example of a next step beyond baseline building energy code for states and utilities that are interested in achieving additional energy savings in residential buildings.
Summary of Home Peformance Programs in Indiana
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Indiana has not yet implemented any building performance programs.
► Overview of home performance programs in the Midwest