MDA’s Energy & Natural Resources Division works to minimize energy consumption and maximize energy efficiency in state-owned facilities, including buildings used by state agencies, local governments, colleges and universities, and community colleges.
The division provides technical assistance and training on building energy codes, data gathering requirements, buildings and facilities energy audit procedures, uniform data analysis procedures, employee energy education program procedures, energy consumption reduction techniques, training programs for agency and institution energy coordinators, guidelines for buildings and facilities managers, building retrofit revolving loan fund policies and procedures, and program monitoring and evaluation procedures.
An energy audit is the first step towards saving money and improving the energy performance of a public facility or building. Local governments and educational institutions can save a significant amount of money by upgrading their facility’s lighting and HVAC systems to more energy efficient systems and sealing openings in the building envelope to close the gaps where conditioned air escapes. An energy audit evaluates a building’s energy use and prioritizes energy saving measures to help public officials develop feasible, cost-effective energy projects.
To receive an energy audit, contact the local utility since many provide energy audit services at low or no cost to the customer, or visit www.energystar.gov to locate a professional engineer or registered architect in the area with energy efficiency expertise.
In April 2013, HB 1266 was signed into law setting the mandatory energy code standard for commercial and state-owned buildings as ASHRAE 90.1-2010. HB 1281 updated Mississippi’s statewide commercial building energy code to ASHRAE 90.1-2010. Implementation and enforcement of the new codes became mandatory on July 1, 2013.
The Energy and Natural Resources Division offers training courses for codes officials, architects, engineers, contractors, and other interested parties regarding the new code.
Please check back soon for future energy code training dates.
Residential building energy codes are currently set by local jurisdiction. Please contact the building code office in your local jurisdiction regarding the current residential energy code.
Start saving money today by visiting the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Savers website. This website has the do-it-yourself energy audit tool Home Energy Savers to help determine where energy and money can be saved at home.