Missouri buildings are responsible for about half of the state’s energy use, according to 2012 data from EIA. However, the characteristics of building energy consumption have changed significantly over the past couple of decades: where once residential consumption was dominated by space heating and cooling, better envelope and equipment components have shrunk weather-related energy demands.
Meanwhile, the energy consumption of appliances, electronics, and lighting have increased relative to overall usage. Missouri has no mandatory or voluntary statewide code for private residential or commercial buildings. Instead, energy codes are adopted and enforced at the county or municipal level.
Jurisdictions representing about 50% of the state’s population have adopted codes equivalent to either the 2009 or 2012 IECC. The 2015 energy plan recommends enacting a statewide code applicable to Class 1 and 2 counties for both residential and commercial new construction.
Class 1 and 2 counties together represent four million people - about 67% of the state’s population. This means that the changes recommended in this plan would increase mandated energy efficiency in buildings for at least a million Missourians.
The energy plan also recommends allowing Class 3 and 4 countries...http://energycodesocean.org/news/2015/october/29/comprehensive-state-energy-plans-brief-comparison
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Missouri teams score 5th, 8th in national energy competition
Missouri recently had two teams compete in the collegiate U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathalon where collegiate teams design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective and attractive.
The event was held in Irvine, Calif., from Oct. 8-18.
Missouri S&T placed 5th in the competition and the colleges of Drury and Crowder teamed up to place 8th.
The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development – Division of Energy provided financial assistance to the schools to be used for the competition.
Read the news release here. To learn about each college's projects, please visit this site: http://www.
Photo Info: The photo above is of the Nest Home built by the Missouri S&T team.
Interested in learning more about Missouri’s efforts to enhance clean energy initiatives? Connect with theMissouri Division of Energy, which provides information and guidance to individuals, businesses, and communities on the use of renewable resources. Visitenergy.mo.gov today!