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2013, January 17, Michigan


Electrical and Energy Codes Retain 3 Year adoption Cycle

After an 18 month debate in the State of Michigan over a Home Builder's Association move to extend the code adoption cycle to six years, the state Senate favorably acted on the message they received from a large constituency across the state regarding the negative impact extending code adoption would have had on the state. The fundamental enhancements in building and public safety have been retained for commercial and industrial facilities. Extending the code cycle would have place state industry at a disadvantage by not recognizing the latest materials and practices permitted in an adjacent state such as Data Center design and even electric vehicle infrastructure. The economic benefit derived from adopting the latest energy code will drive a more competitive commercial and retail business environment with those energy savings now available to reinvest in the local community promoting job growth. All of these benefits were retained for taxpayer funded facilities that are newly constructed or remodeled such as schools and government buildings that will recognize the benefit from the energy code by lowering operating cost for those facilities."

"The significant impact may be on the backs of Michigan’s home buyers. If the state fails to remain current by updating the Michigan Residential Code every three years, the impact will range from family safety to energy savings. Sources indicate that remaining current to the most recent energy code equates to a savings of nearly $1000 a year to a home owner. Take into considerations the 10,000 housing starts across the state and that establishes millions of dollars of disposable income for those home buyers to reinvest into the local economy.

Contact: Don Iverson: don.iverson@nema.org