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1/11/2012
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 State Energy Office Announces 2012 Schedule For Free Illinois Energy Conservation Code Training Series

Industry Professionals Can Learn About Latest Conservation Codes for New Construction and Renovation Projects in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD � The State Energy Office at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced the 2012 schedule for the Illinois Energy Conservation Code (IECC) training series aimed at the state's construction industry.  These training events will be offered at no cost to Illinois investor-owned utility customers and will allow homebuilders, designers, code officials, realtors, and home performance professionals to learn about the most up-to-date energy conservation codes for new construction, additions and renovation projects in Illinois.

�This training series will help construction industry and homebuilding professionals stay up-to-date on state rules and regulations guiding the industry, allowing them to better serve their customers while adhering to the highest standards in building construction and renovation,� said Illinois Energy Office Deputy Director Jonathan Feipel.

The State Energy Office at DCEO expects to offer 20 training events in 2012 at community colleges across the state, resulting in more than1,000 construction professionals receiving training on how key provisions of the 2012 Illinois Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010 will affect their work.

The first session kicks off January 19, 2012, at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois. A complete session schedule is available at www.ildceo.net/energycode.

The trainings are being offered until May 31, 2012 in partnership with the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), a collaborative of all 39 Illinois community college districts and 48 campuses that work with Illinois businesses and local communities to grow the green economy.  Trainings will be delivered by instructors from International Energy Conservation Consultants, LLC (IECC LLC).

�We are excited to be part of this project,� said Darren Meyers, President of IECC LLC. �We have learned quite a bit in seven years implementing an energy code for Illinois, and we plan to share those experiences, as well as lessons learned from a recently completed Illinois code compliance study, in an applications-based learning environment.�


The Illinois Energy Conservation Code establishes standards for energy efficiency in new construction and renovation projects.  The training sessions will cover on-the-job applications of the IECC and critical concepts for code officials, design professionals, homebuilders and remodeling specialists preparing their businesses for the 2012 IECC platform. 

Participants are eligible for continuing education units from the AIA, ASHRAE, the Illinois Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, International Code Council, and the Building Performance Institute.

By implementing the 2009 IECC and Standard 90.1-2007 statewide, Illinois businesses and homeowners will have collectively saved an estimated $154 million annually by 2020, and will save $307 million annually in energy costs (2006 prices) by 2030. Anticipated annual energy savings for Illinois homeowners attributable to the 2012 IECC range from $397 to $424 per year per household.  

More information about the programs and services of the State Energy Office is available at www.illinoisenergy.org