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State of Illinois Adopts Energy Rating Index Compliance Option to State Energy Code

Jan 7, 2016

On January 1, 2016 the State of Illinois joined the ranks of states that have adopted the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).  Included with the adoption is the Energy Rating Index compliance option (R406).

The required Energy Rating Index scores in Illinois that must be met are:

Climate Zone 4                                   54 or lower

Climate Zone 5                                   55 or lower

The Energy Rating Index scores required in the state are contained in Section R406 of the 2015 IECC.

The new state energy code went into effect on January 1, 2016.

To view the new Illinois energy code go to Illinois 2015 IECC and Energy Rating Index Option

In Illinois in 2014 there were 1,721 homes rated according to the RESNET standards and issued a HERS® Index Score.  The average HERS® Index Score of homes rated in the state was 59.

RESNET and the International Code Council (ICC) recently conducted a webinar on the Energy Rating Index Option to the 2015 IECC and the opportunities for certified RESNET HERS® Raters to be ICC certified Energy Code Inspectors.  To download the webinar go to https://vimeo.com/140228425

RESNET and the ICC have produced a video production explaining how HERS® can be used to demonstrated compliance to an energy code.  To view the video go to HERS® Index and Energy Codes

The 2016 RESNET Building Performance Conference will have a special track focusing on home energy ratings and energy code compliance.  For more information go to 2016 RESNET Building Performance Conference