Kansas Adopts New Energy Building Codes

June 11, 2003

Photo of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius signing HB 2131 with various dignitaries standing in the background.
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius signs HB 2131 into law on April 31st making Kansas the first state to adopt the 2003 version of the International Energy Conservation Code. Left to right standing behind Kansas Governor Sebelius are Gene Meyer, K-State Engineering Extension; Dave Holtwick, Homebuilders Association of Greater Kansas City (KC-HBA); Sam Crawford, Chair of KC-HBA Build Green Committee; William D. Wall, International Code Council; Joe King, Coriolis; Jim Ploger, Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) energy manager; Alex Silver, Black & Veatch & Member of State Energy Resources Coordinating Council; Liz Brosius, Kansas Geological Survey; Brian Moline, KCC chairman; and John Wine and Cynthia Claus, KCC commissioners. (Credit: Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius Office)

The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) reports in early June that Kansas is adopting the 2003 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed the bill (HB 2131) into law on April 31st for Kansas to adopt the IECC, which takes effect on July 1, 2003.

The new code provides for a Home Energy Ratings System (HERS) rating of 80% for new residential buildings. Kansas thus becomes the 16th state in the country to include a HERS component to its building energy codes. For background on home energy ratings, see NASEO's HERS resolution.

The last time energy codes were updated in Kansas was 1997, and technology and the understanding of the importance of energy codes have both come quite a long way in the last six years. In fact, Kansas is the first state in the country to adopt the 2003 IECC. For a summary of the changes in the 2003 IECC from that of 2002, see a presentation Eric Makela of the International Conference of Building Officials and published by DOE's Building Energy Codes project (PDF 721 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.