Energy Efficiency Policies and Practices in Missouri

Recent MEEA Policy Analysis and Activity


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 Missouri

Code Level

Residential Energy Code

None statewide

Commercial Energy Code

None statewide


Authorized by None.  Legislation established energy requirements for state-funded buildings only. Legislation will be required to adopt a mandatory statewide energy code. Local jurisdictions may adopt their own energy code.

Oversight – None.

Code change process – Legislative. In Missouri, only the General Assembly is authorized to enact legislation to establish statewide building construction regulations and/or authorize a state agency to do so. However, there currently is no state regulatory agency authorized to promulgate, adopt, or update construction codes on a statewide basis. 

Code change cycle – None


Enforcement Local jurisdictions are responsible for enforcing any building codes that they have adopted municipally.

Implementation/Compliance Studies – None. The Building Code Assistance Project reports on advocacy efforts to encourage Missouri to adopt an energy code.

► Overview of building energy codes in the Midwest

Home Performance

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 Missouri
  Administrator Program Audit Fee Maximum Customer Benefit
Missouri Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center Missouri/Illinois St. Louis Regional Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Market price No monetary incentives
Metropolitan Energy Center Kansas City Area Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Market price $1200 in bill credits for an energy audit conducted by a HPwES certified contractor and qualifying energy efficient home improvements

► Overview of home performance programs in the Midwest


Read the report that accompanies these pages:
Energy Efficiency Policies, Programs, and Practices in the Midwest:
A Resource Guide for Policymakers (2014 Edition)

►more information about the Resource Guide