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IMT and ICC Present the 2016 Standard Bearers Awards


Strong building energy codes ensure that buildings use energy efficiently, cost less to operate, and are healthy and comfortable for occupants.

Despite these benefits, compliance with energy codes could be better. Initiatives for training, outreach, and enforcement to boost compliance are severely underfunded. However, some jurisdictions are finding ways to raise compliance rates even with constraints on their budgets and time.

Now in its fifth year, the Standard Bearers Award is presented by IMT and the International Code Council (ICC), recognizing state and local jurisdictions and individuals who have raised compliance with energy codes and achieved energy reduction in buildings using smart, cost-effective strategies.

The 2016 Standard Bearers Award winners are:

State Jurisdiction Winner: Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Energy Division

Under the management of Energy Codes Program Manager Heather Goggin and the Energy and Residential Codes Board, the ADECA adopted its first two statewide residential energy codes, trained more than 1,400 construction industry professionals on code compliance, conducted an extensive energy code field study (executed by IMT under funding by the U.S. Department of Energy), and dedicated state energy program funding for continued energy code education.

Local Jurisdiction Winner: Chula Vista, California

Recognizing that a well-trained building department increases code compliance with California’s Title 24 energy code, the city of Chula Vista, Calif., employs a variety of outreach strategies to educate local stakeholders. In addition to conducting workshops, the City offers a “code coach” program where an expert is available one to two days a week to guide permit applicants and help ensure that they are properly complying with the state’s stringent energy code requirements. This hands-on approach has led to increases in compliance and cultivates well-informed building departments that are able to act faster and facilitate an overall more-efficient and effective code compliance process. The program also has generated education resources and tools for public use.

Energy Code Leader: Darren Meyers of Tinley Park, Ill.

A professional engineer who holds 16 licenses and certifications, Mr. Meyers has been instrumental in developing the national model energy codes and working to improve energy code compliance in Illinois. He is a founding partner of BuildRIGHT Illinois and current president of International Energy Conservation Consultants, LLC, an energy codes and simulation services group in Tinley Park, Ill. He is an active lecturer on building energy systems and innovative code, construction technology, and sustainability for ICC, the Chicago Department of Buildings, and the Illinois, Kentucky, and Nebraska State Energy Offices. And, as a consulting engineer for the Illinois Office of Energy & Recycling Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, Mr. Meyers focuses on energy code compliance, field implementation, training and education, technical interpretations, and performing load calculations and analysis of HERS compliance programs.

This year’s Standard Bearers Awards winners were chosen by a panel of past award winners and code and energy efficiency experts, including representatives of the Building Codes Assistance Project; the City of Des Moines, Iowa; ICC; and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. Each winner received a travel stipend to attend the 2016 ICC Annual Conference and ICC Awards Luncheon on October 18 in Kansas City, Mo., where they were formally recognized.

Read the Standard Bearers Fact Sheet

Learn more about the 2015 winnersthe 2014 winners; and about other past winners.