On October 13, 2022, the KCMO City Council voted 9-4 to approve the substitute for Ordinance 220364, which provided an an update of the City’s Energy Conservation Code, and adopted the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (“IECC”) with a Zero-Code Appendix. The substitute delayed the effective date for implementation to July 1, 2023.
On the June 6, 2023, agenda for the Neighborhood Planning and Development Committee is proposed Resolution 230471, which if passed by the Council will delay the effective date another year to July 1, 2024.
The Fact Sheet for Ordinance 220364 shared a background to the rationale for the adoption of the 2021 IECC energy efficiency standards:
Ordinance No. 200418 was introduced on June 4, 2020, to update the Kansas City Building and Rehabilitation Code by adopting the latest editions of the currently adopted, nationally recognized model codes for use in building construction. The 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (“IECC”) with a Zero-Code Appendix was scheduled to be available by the International Code Council in the fall of 2020 to replace the 2018 IECC as the most up to date version of America’s model energy code; and the Council passed Resolution No. 200449 that expressed the Council’s continued commitment to climate action and its desire to delay consideration of an update to the City’s energy efficiency code until the 2021 version of the International Energy Conservation Code with a Zero-Code Appendix was released.
The KCMO 2008 Climate Protection Plan recognizes the large role of buildings and structures in the City as consumers of energy and the concomitant result in significant greenhouse gas emissions. Kansas City passed Resolution No. 200005 updating its Climate Protection and Resiliency Plan with goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions citywide 100% from the electricity sector by 2030, 100% greenhouse gas reduction from municipal operations by 2022, and to become climate neutral by 2040 in order to protect the health and welfare of all our residents, and adopting modern building codes is instrumental in meeting this goal.
Because implementing new code regulations results in costs for training and communication, the City would save money by moving directly to the 2021 IECC instead of first adopting the 2018 IECC and then later adopting the 2021 IECC. The adoption of Resolution No. 200449 allowed for further engagement of residents, stakeholder and City staff in the process of developing the language of this proposed ordinance to update the City’s energy efficiency code.