2010 Indiana Energy Conservation Code was set to expire on January 1, but...
Thanks to grassroots efforts led by AIA Indiana, the state’s Energy Conservation Code was saved from extinction. It seemed like a holiday miracle for those of us working to get Gov. Mike Pence to extend the energy code. Without the energy code in place, it would have created havoc on new and renovated commercial and multi-residential buildings throughout the state.
When AIA Indiana learned in early December that the Pence administration was considering letting the Energy Code expire, the component called an emergency meeting of its state Committee on the Environment to discuss the matter, generate talking points and develop a game plan. The component then reached out to the Indianapolis Business Journal and sent talking points to AIA members urging them to contact Gov. Pence and request he sign an executive order to extend the energy code another year. AIA Indiana also posted messages on social media to make the public aware of the consequences. Soon after, other interested groups also contacted the governor’s office.
In a surprising but welcomed move, Gov. Pence signed the executive order on December 28, days before it would have expired.
This action gives the Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission a chance to adopt a new energy code by the end of 2017. Already the commission has voted to move forward with a process to adopt the current code by the end of the year while simultaneously creating a committee to work on adopting an updated energy code. AIA Indiana members will be a key component of that committee.
None of this would have been possible without AIA Indiana members getting involved in the process.
Jason Shelley is the executive director of AIA Indiana.