Illinois Residential Energy Code Update

October 28, 2009

SWA Architects Design

On Friday August 28th, Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn signed into law a new statewide residential energy code. The Energy Efficient Building Act requires most new residential buildings throughout Illinois to meet the minimum standards of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The new requirement will take effect early 2010. In a conversation with Lisa Mattingly of the Illinois Capital Development Board, the CDB is currently in the process of writing the administrative rules, which includes a period for public comment prior to the effective date.

To comply with the 2009 IECC, a home will be required to be more energy efficient than currently required in most municipalities. Some typical insulation upgrades include foundation insulation and continuous rigid insulation over exterior studs.

SWA Architects has been providing upgraded insulation packages for many of the homes we design, meeting or exceeding these new requirements. We have long understood the value of upgrading the thermal envelope to provide our clients with energy savings and comfort. The reduction of air infiltration is a critical component in the insulation of a home, in fact we also recommend blower door testing to confirm the air sealing has been effectively performed.

For those involved in commercial construction, the 2009 IECC was adopted on August 18, 2009 for commercial buildings throughout the state, and is already in effect.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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