Energy DivisionA Division of the Kansas Corporation Commission, funded through the federal State Energy Program (SEP).
Energy Efficiency and Building Codes in Kansas
In 2009, Kansas received $96 million in federal Recovery Act funds from the U.S. Department of Energy (the Kansas Energy Division received $47 million). Like other states that received these funds, Kansas provided assurances that it would make progress on several initiatives, including the adoption of energy codes for residential and commercial buildings, as specified in H.R. 1, Section 410:
Energy Efficiency Building Codes Working Group
To assist the State in complying with these federal building code requirements, the Kansas Corporation Commission established the Energy Efficiency Building Codes Working Group in May 2009. The Working Group held several meetings in 2009 and 2010 and adopted a preliminary plan to meet the following goals for Kansas:
The Working Group understands that Kansas is a Home Rule State and endorsed an approach that encourages voluntary adoption by local jurisdictions and the development of effective equivalency options for builders and owners.
The State's preliminary plan for achieving compliance builds on the existing energy efficiency disclosure requirement for new construction (see KSA 66-1228) and includes the following:
Currently, Kansas has adopted the 2006 IECC as the applicable state standard for new commercial and industrial structures (see KSA 66-1227). The Kansas Energy Division compiled a summary of 55 local jurisdictions that identifies the residential and commercial building codes currently adopted by the State's larger jurisdictions.
For more information, please contact , Educational Projects Coordinator, Energy Division.