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Friday, January 06, 2017

Ind. Gov't. - Update on "Pence could leave state with no energy standards for buildings"

Updating this Dec. 22, 2016 ILB post quoting an IBJ story by Hayleigh Colombo, and then continuing with ILB remarks ("What is the Problem Here?") that concluded this was a "Sunset" statute issue that could be resolved ("Problems resulting from the overarching sunset statute have occurred in the post."), a story yesterday from the ILB staff is headed: "Pence extends minimum energy standards for buildings." Some quotes:

Gov. Mike Pence has signed an executive order extending the state’s energy code for one year, a move that ensures developers of commercial buildings and apartments meet minimum standards for insulation, heating and air, and lighting.

Pence signed the order on Dec. 28, just days before the code was to expire and a week after critics said failing to do so could let unscrupulous builders cheat tenants and others of basic protections against weather.

In his executive order, Pence said the expiration of the rule would cause “an emergency to exist and creates a danger to commercial structures since they will not have energy compliance rules in place.”

The story also reports that:
... the homeland security department is continuing to work on new outdoor event equipment rules that were prompted by the Indiana State Fair stage collapse in 2011, Erickson said.

Emergency rules put in place immediately after the incident, which killed seven people and injured dozens more, expired roughly a year ago, IBJ reported last month. [ILB post here and here] Those rules had established stricter design and construction requirements for outdoor event equipment such as stage rigging.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 6, 2017 10:37 AM
Posted to Indiana Government | Stage Collapse