Diverse coalition of builders, groups urge adoption of energy-efficient building codes
Update to Michigan’s building energy codes can save money
Chicago (January 8, 2024) – The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) today announced winners of the 20th annual Inspiring Efficiency Awards, honoring individuals and programs who delivered groundbreaking advancements in energy efficiency in seven categories: Leadership, Champion, Education, Impact, Innovation, Marketing
September 2023, Chicago, IL– The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) has recently partnered with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) to join the EMPOWERED program, a U.S. Department of Energy-funded initiative providing free education and training on clean energy safety and installation to building professionals.
Chicago, IL: The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) announced that Paige Knutsen will be joining MEEA as Executive Director, effective mid-September.
Paige will be joining MEEA from Franklin Energy, where she most recently was Central Region Vice President. Paige also served on MEEA’s Board of Directors. Paige will be bringing her experience in energy efficiency program delivery and organizational excellence to MEEA.
Additionally, Paige’s experiences that will benefit MEEA moving forward include:
Nearly 50 additional low-income homes in Cook County will soon undergo free energy-efficiency upgrades from ComEd and area natural gas companies, the result of a pair of grants from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBank Chicago).
Environmentalists advertise that the average Michigan household could save $327 annually on utility bills if the state accepts the latest set of construction energy guidelines, which focus heavily on dropping greenhouse gas emissions.
The last time Michigan's Bureau of Construction Codes modified the state's go-to standards for residential and commercial construction energy codes was in 2015.
Several groups in a letter to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs asked for it to adopt an international set of standards for energy conservation for the building of homes and commercial buildings, touting estimated savings on utility billing and for electric vehicle charging at homes.
We are proud when we look at the leaders of our Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations (REEOs), each led by incredible women who we want to honor this month and every month as they support and encourage clean energy policies, innovative technology adoption, energy equity and the expansion of efficiency across our nation.
A growing number of buyers are looking for energy-efficient homes that will be cheaper to heat and cool. But realtors are often unprepared to answer questions about a home’s energy performance.
“Some surveys that were done identified that real estate professionals were saying they were being asked … but that they often didn’t feel comfortable answering those questions or weren’t familiar with that,” says Kathryn Eggers of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.