Worried About the New Illinois Energy Code? Come to the Free Builder Energy Code Session May 23 in Naperville

May 22, 2012

Home Energy Efficient ScaleMinnesota-based Residential Science is offering a free builder energy code question/answer session sponsored by Nicor Gas and Commonwealth Edison Electric on Wednesday, May 23 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the lower level of the City Gate Grill on 2020 Calamos Court in Naperville, IL 60563.

Focused on home builders, the session asks the question on the mind of most Chicagoland builders: Are we ready for the Illinois New Energy Code?

Builders have griped that the cost of construction will rise due to implementing the new energy code. Some of the new requirements include new homes having to pass a blower door test, duct work testing and other air tightness and insulation standards.

The Home Builders Association of Illinois (HBAI) is none too pleased about the new requirements, insisting that they add to the cost of construction. The HBAI estimates that a $5,000 increase on a 2,000 square foot home will take place due to the new energy code.

Whether the builders like it or not (and their concerns are legitimate), the Illinois New Energy Code is a requirement and builders will have to adapt and adopt it. For big production builders, these new requirements are not as much of an issue as they are to smaller custom home builders who are hesitant regarding the increase in costs to their bottom line.

The free builder energy code session taking place on Wednesday aims to inform home builders on the ins and outs of the new energy code and answer questions regarding their concerns. Even for the most reluctant builders, there is a great incentive to attend the session explains Ross Anderson of Residential Science.

“Nicor and ComEd will put money towards the testing for builders,” said Anderson. “Additionally, there will be rebates if builders hit certain scores on energy efficient testing such as the Home Energy Rating System (HERS).”

Residential Science has conducted over 10 of these informative sessions to help builders understand the new energy code. Their mission is to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions for energy efficiency and environmental programs. Since 2005, Residential Science has teamed up with utility companies and government agencies to put into effect energy saving programs.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the new Illinois energy code, be sure to take part in this informative session tomorrow in Naperville.

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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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