I made contact with Mike DeWein, Technical Director with BCAP (Building Code Assistance Project). He has been working at the state level with the Kentucky Department of Housing to encourage implementation of the 2009 IECC and Standard 90.1-2007. According to a BCAP fact sheet on Kentucky, as a condition for receiving $52.5 million in State Energy Program funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Governor Beshear certified that Kentucky would implement energy standards of equal or greater stringency than the latest national model codes and achieve 90 percent compliance in new and renovated residential and commercial building space by 2017. In addition, BCAP states that Kentucky received $24,638,500 in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding to assist local governments in implementing energy efficiency programs. It seems that there is money available to help Madison County integrate new building codes.
Mr. DeWein has offered to assist us in generating residential green building codes for Madison County. He has worked with Houston, Santa Antonio and Austin in implementing codes for their cities. He seems to be a knowledgable and experienced resource, both of which I am not. Because I’m feeling rather muddled about our next step, I’m of the mind to bring in someone who has already successfully walked communities through the process. The risk, however, is that he may be viewed by county officials as the expert to listen to and, if he has different ideas of what codes Madison County should adopt, we could lose control of achieving our goals for the county.