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How Does it Get Enforced?: 2022 Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference - Shared screen with speaker view
Alison Lindburg
17:37
Hi everyone, we will be having polling questions to start this session - please go here: https://www.menti.com/alk81mqno1x3
Alison Lindburg
18:13
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Alison Lindburg
20:06
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Alison Lindburg - MEEA (she/her)
25:46
Remember that this is a roundtable and we encourage your questions and comments! Please put questions for the panelists into the Q&A and feel free to weigh in using the chat at any time.
Anand Natarajan
27:38
-Are existing commercial and residential energy codes easy or difficult to implement by Cities?o Do cities need additional city staff/resources and/or external resources to enforce/implement?o What can MEEA do to assist building inspectors for their member cities for implementing energy codes – training/checklists/resources?
Mike Turns (he/him/his)
31:20
Shouldn't permit fees cover the cost of training and competitive salaries?
Mike DeWein
31:55
I have spent almost 40 years supporting the energy codes in NYS, the NE and Nationally at many levels, and train an average of 1000 code enforcement officials annually. I have found that getting proper documentation from applicants, or CEOs asking for proper documentation to be one of the first and largest problems with seeing better energy code compliance. Would you agree, and have any comments?
Anand Natarajan
39:20
Could you post that training info and schedule(s)? Did you also mention being able to travel to jurisdictions to help w/ training?
Ian Blanding | DOE
43:30
Are you familiar with any jurisdictions leading efforts to engage with trade schools and/or community colleges to recruit and train code officials? What sort of formalized pathways exist to bring in new code officials into the industry?
Alison Lindburg - MEEA (she/her)
44:44
What is ICC doing to engage younger generations as many code officials retire?
Mike Turns (he/him/his)
48:02
As you point out, the energy code is only one of the many code disciplines. Is it the role of energy efficiency organizations and funding to recruit and train new code officials who have to know all the disciplines?
Michelle Thorsell -MEEA
52:06
are there equity issues with hiring qualified building department and inspection staff?
Kris Murphy
53:46
Municipalities focus their training on reducing liability for their insurance policy.
Corie Anderson - MEEA
55:15
Perhaps a way to get this type of information in trade school/community colleges is through internships/on-the-job type experience that provides credit to students?
Corie Anderson - MEEA
56:53
Or an apprenticeship program?
Alison Lindburg - MEEA (she/her)
57:12
Dave - do you know how many jurisdictions across the US have EE training/CEUs requirements in order to get licensed? This could include licensing for code officials/inspectors as well as builders/contractors. It seems that places with those requirements have higher compliance rates.Chris - does St. Louis have any of these requirements?
Mike DeWein
01:00:41
I've got to leave and prep for training I am delivering in 15 - great job MEA and Presenters, thanks so much! Be Well All!!👍
Michelle Thorsell -MEEA
01:07:58
How can a small town utilize RVI method? While it sounds like it can a cost effective way to inspect, don't they need special software?
Corie Anderson - MEEA
01:10:14
Plenty of ways to get free training/CEUs, especially with more funding for training coming from the federal level
Corie Anderson - MEEA
01:10:20
(like this conference...)
Mike Turns (he/him/his)
01:11:50
What if a bird flies over? But seriously, internet connectivity is a challenge in the field.
Alison Lindburg - MEEA (she/her)
01:13:27
Mike - so true! I've been wondering with the Infrastructure funding if internet connectivity can hopefully be increased in rural communities.
Mike Turns (he/him/his)
01:14:10
:-)
Corie Anderson - MEEA
01:20:15
Do you know of any studies that have been conducted that shows a correlation between RVIs and greater code compliance?
Corie Anderson - MEEA
01:20:43
Seems intuitive but curious about specific case studies
Alison Lindburg - MEEA (she/her)
01:22:40
Do you think utilities could provide incentives for enforcement? Such as covering the energy audit that could be used for enforcement, or providing training to code officials directly?
Alison Lindburg - MEEA (she/her)
01:25:16
What do you think is the biggest challenge to hiring enough code officials? Is it because the pay is too low? The knowledge base is too difficult to acquire? The title isn't attractive enough? Something else?
Mike Turns (he/him/his)
01:30:02
PSD is the lead vendor for the Mass Save Codes and Standards Compliance and Support program, funded by utilities
Alison Lindburg - MEEA (she/her)
01:33:14
Mike - I love that program! Does that program do anything specifically related to enforcement or with enforcement agencies?
Mike Turns (he/him/his)
01:34:31
@alison Yes, it's mostly about training for code officials and the industry. We have a hotline/email support. Develop checklists, flowcharts, field guides, etc.
Corie Anderson - MEEA
01:36:37
Could they expand the residency to be the county?
Anand Natarajan
01:37:11
Followup Qn: Is it common or rare have Building and Housing departments/inspections department to have external resources assist w/ energy codes compliance?
Anand Natarajan
01:38:53
Referring to People/consultants
Alison Lindburg - MEEA (she/her)
01:39:38
Hello everyone, as we're wrapping up, here is the link to sign up for this session's CEUs:
Alison Lindburg - MEEA (she/her)
01:39:40
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Alison Lindburg - MEEA (she/her)
01:41:50
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