Springfield needs to update its energy conservation code for residential construction

On March 12, the White River Group of the Missouri Sierra Club hosted a Public Forum on Energy Efficiency at the Library Center. We had become aware that Springfield is still using the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code for residential construction, an outdated set of building regulations....One of our panelists, a representative of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, informed us that if the 2015 Code were adopted, a future homeowner could expect to reduce energy use by 24 percent and save $440 per year on energy bills. These savings result from a tighter building envelope, which reduces air infiltration, improved duct tightness and efficient lighting and ventilation systems. Read on at the Springfield News-Leader.