The buzz around becoming more energy efficient can be felt in every nook and corner of our lives. From sustainable food choices to wind-powered energy grids, we’re all becoming more accustomed to the versatile ways we can all impact the planet for the better.
Michigan has finally revisited the construction code this year to consider adding more energy-efficient requirements to amplify the effectiveness of sustainable energy being carried out throughout the state. In order to take action, provisions need to be made to the current way things are being done. The debate around adding stricter guidelines to energy efficiency has circulated with speculation as to how far the government should go in order to make the state of Michigan even more energy efficient than they already are with new home builds.
The International Energy Conservation Code is a standard “starting point” for the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to make their decision on how to proceed with Michigan’s home construction energy code. Currently, the proposed standards are specifying:
- Several additional inches of insulation be added above current standards and increased basement insulation of the walls, rigid foam insulation on all exterior walls
- Tighter air seals around windows and ceilings
- Use of LEDs for all light sources
The new revisions to the code could cut statewide carbon emissions by more than 11.5 million metric tons over 30 years if accepted. While energy efficiency may be greater achieved, the cost of home building projects could increase based on the demand for more energy-efficient products and materials being added to new-build homes in Michigan.
Contractors should monitor Michigan’s home construction code over the coming months in case any new, or major updates/requirements are made.