Additional Code Information
The Energy Division at the Kansas Corporation Commission monitors codes adoption across Kansas and conducts an annual survey of selected cities and counties. The results of the 2013 survey are summarized in the Kansas Building Codes Summary-2013.
For new homes, the State requires homebuilders and realtors to disclose certain energy-efficiency information, using the Kansas Energy Efficiency Disclosure form.
To provide additional support for energy codes compliance in local jurisdictions, the Energy Division has established the Kansas Codes Collaborative.
This new stakeholder group will help the Energy Division identify ways to support and strengthen local enforcement of adopted building energy codes.
Updates to adopted codes are handled by local jurisdictions. See Kansas Building Codes Summary-2013
In 2007, as recommended by the Kansas Energy Council, the Legislature amended KSA 66-1227 to adopt the 2006 IECC as the applicable standard for new commercial and industrial structures in Kansas. The energy-efficiency disclosure statute (KSA 66-1228) was also amended to provide for more timely disclosure of the energy efficiency information for new homes to potential homebuyers, using a quantitative and comparative format that referenced the 2006 IECC. Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed these amendments into law in April 2007.
The Energy Division of the Kansas Corporation Commission works with local jurisdictions to monitor and strengthen the adoption and enforcement of building energy codes for residential and commercial structures. The Energy Division has established the Kansas Codes Collaborative, a new stakeholder group, to strengthen the state’s energy codes compliance program and identify additional strategies to support energy codes compliance in local jurisdictions. The Kansas Codes Collaborative builds on the activities of the Energy Efficiency Building Codes Working Group, which met from 2009 to 2011.
Zones 4A and 5A (zones based on DOE's most recent zoning: zone numbers based on a spectrum, zone 1 represents very hot weather and zone 8 represents subarctic weather. Letters indicate climate type, A-Humid, B-Dry, C-Marine)
2,818,747 (2009, U.S. Census Bureau)
New Housing Units Authorized by Permit:
Total units: 8,188
Number of Housing Units by Structure Type:
1 unit: 5,425
2 units: 192
3 and 4 units: 119
5 or more units: 2,452
(2008, Real Estate Center)
Single family dwelling: 5,437 (-33% less than previous year), and with an avarage value of $174,600 per unit
(2008, Real Estate Center)
78.46 MMT CO2 (2007)
Petroleum: 37.4% (2007, EIA)
Total Annual Consumption of 1,136.2 Trillion Btu (2007, EIA)
12,802.8 Million Nominal Dollars (2007, EIA)
72% of the state’s natural gas supply is used for heating the home.
Natural gas is the largest consumed source of energy for the state’s residential sector
Residential use of natural gas in Kansas costs up to $10.97/thousand cu ft.
According to the United States Global Change Research Program, the Midwest has experienced rising average temperatures with the largest warming seen in the winter months. The growing season has been extended by one week because of earlier last spring frosts and precipitation has become more frequent including increased instances of heavy downpours. Since the 1980s, large heat waves have become more frequent than any time in the last century. These effects of climate change are predicted to continue, threatening the region’s economy, landscape, character, and quality of life.
The Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group (KEEP) was formed by an executive order given by Governor Sebelius on March 21, 2008. in order to respond to the challenges posed by climate change. This advisory group was established to identify opportunities for Kansas to develop and recommend an action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across key segments of Kansas economy. The Center for Climate Strategies managed the stakeholder meetings and development of an climate action plan.
In 2007, Kansas signed the Midwest Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord. This accord was signed by nine governors and two Canadian premiers in recognition of the impacts that the Midwest has on climate change.
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