July 17, 2017
The Honorable Mark Stodola
500 West Markham Street, Room 203
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Dear Mayor Stodola,
On behalf of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association (AAEA), I am writing in support of the proposed ordinance to adopt the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). AAEA is an industry association comprised of businesses active in the manufacturing, installation and technical application of energy efficiency goods and services for residential, commercial and agricultural properties. Presently, AAEA membership consists of nearly 90 companies, institutions and entrepreneurs employed in Arkansas’ advanced energy industry.
AAEA supports the key provisions of the 2009 IECC standard absent from existing state policy; specifically, performance testing and duct sealing for heating and cooling systems. We also strongly support HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index rating and labeling for all new homes. We believe that the energy disclosure label, just like miles-per-gallon ratings on cars or an Energy Star designation for home appliances, will help Little Rock residents make important home-buying decisions and support local jobs.
AAEA understands that home construction costs could rise modestly between $1,300-$1,600 due to the ordinance’s adoption. However, energy performance evaluations have shown that significant energy savings will offset or exceed this amount over a four- to six-year period. Since most homeowners keep their new homes for at least four years or more, they will benefit immediately from lower energy costs and will enjoy a return on their energy investment.
AAEA believes there is substantial support in the state for adopting the proposed ordinance. A survey by the Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation shows that Arkansans favor home energy labeling two-to-one and 62% indicated that they were willing to pay up to $1,300 for energy efficiency measures.
Additionally, adoption of the ordinance will allow new homes in Little Rock to qualify for FHA mortgage insurance. Effective March 14, 2016, new homes must meet the 2009 IECC standard to be eligible for Federal mortgage insurance.
The City of Fayetteville adopted the full 2009 IECC standard for new homes in 2011. We urge Little Rock leaders to act quickly to support this ordinance. Even as the City deliberates this proposal, the process is underway at the International Code Council to draft the new code for 2018/2019.
We urge you to support Little Rock homeowners and the entire homebuilding industry and support this ordinance. Thank you for your consideration. We offer our industry’s expertise and practical experience as a resource.
Katie Laning Niebaum
Arkansas Advanced Energy Association
City Manager Bruce T. Moore
Assistant City Manager James E. Jones
Vice-Mayor Kathy Webb
Director Erma Hendrix
Director Ken Richardson
Director Capi Peck
Director Lance Hines
Director Doris Wright
Director B.J. Wyrick
Director Dean Kumpuris, M.D.
Director Gene Fortson
Director Joan Adcock