Within the built environment, few construction codes wield as much influence as energy codes. Their effects are wide-reaching, covering wall insulations, fan motors, commissioning activities, and everything in between. Building designers must be alert to changes in the energy codes, as designs meeting an older code might require significant revision to meet the newer ones. With major revisions on the horizon, here are ten things to know about impending changes to the energy code in Michigan.
1. Coming in 2022:
2. Based on ASHRAE 90.1-2019, with Modifications:
3. Only New Buildings, Though Repairs Affected:
4. Commissioning Requirements Increased:
5. Shifting Climate, Southern Michigan Unchanged:
6. Walls Unchanged, Glass Tighter:
7. Air Barrier Testing or Inspection:
8. New Rules for Rooftops:
9. Lighting Power Decreased:
10. Occupied Standby Setback:
Although some modifications to these requirements may still be carved out, these points and more from ASHRAE 90.1-2019 are set to become the Michigan Energy Code sometime next year.
Peter Basso Associates will continue to stay on top of any updates to the code and will publish to our blog as they are released by the State. Until then Peter Basso Associates is available to help you make sense of ASHRAE 90.1-2019 and prepare you for how it might affect your next building project.