The MEECA Maven:  News and updates on Michigan's energy efficiency industry. Summer 2016
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With Labor Day just passed, the summer sun is certainly setting.  This time of changing seasons gives us a chance to look back over the past several months and remind our members what we feel are some real accomplishments of the Association in the past 6-months.  Please take a few minutes to read MEECA: Getting It Done for Michigan’s Energy Efficiency Contractors.

Certainly, we could not have gotten done all that we did without the talent and dedication of our staff: Katie, Laniesha and Jacob.  All three of these fine Spartans have moved on either graduating and relocating to the Pacific Northwest (Katie), graduating and moving onto the next phase of life (Laniesha), or continuing at Michigan State staying focused on his studies (Jacob). 
On behalf of the Board, thank you and good luck to all three.  Go Green!
On a personal note, I would be remiss if I did not mention that while in Europe this summer on vacation, I had occasion to see firsthand how they embrace energy efficiency in their built environment. 
While staying with friends just north of Barcelona, the house next door was undergoing a complete renovation.  One day, I wandered over to check it out. 
Low and behold there was a sign in the yard promoting the builder and that the project was following Spain’s law passed in 2013 promoting sustainable renovation, called Rehabilitacio’ Sostenible.  This contractor was also following Passive House certification practices.  
The sign made me think of MEECA’s members and wondering if they are promoting their company and their projects as being energy efficient this way. 

I sure hope so…


Brindley Byrd

Executive Director
(517) 203-9810

Getting It Done for Michigan’s Energy Efficiency Contractors

A brief listing of MEECA's recent accomplishments

By: Brindley Byrd

As the Executive Director of MEECA, I frequently get asked what is the value of membership and what has MEECA accomplished?  I was just asked these questions recently and thought to take a few moments to identify a few of the accomplishments I think this association has achieved in the past 6-months.  Now, please remember that accomplishment has two meanings:  
  • The successful completion of a task.
  • A special skill or ability gained by practice.  
With these definitions in mind. I have settled on three accomplishments to share with our members reminding them of what their support allows us to do. 
  1. Continued Involvement in Michigan’s Energy Legislation
  2. Sneak Peak at Senate Bill 963 – the Skilled Trades Regulation Act
  3. MEECA’s Two Part Series on Messaging Energy Efficiency
Read details of each by clicking here…

Don’t Get Blown Over By New Blower Door Testing

A close look at Michigan’s new blower door and duct leakage testing requirements
By: Laniesha Evans 

As you may know, MEECA created and presented a code course focusing on Chapter 11 Energy Efficiency of the new Michigan Residential Code (MRC). This course targeted contractors, builders and building officials helping to guide them through the complicated new code.  A new provision in the MRC is that all residential dwellings (yes, dwellings not houses) are required to have blower door testing.  For houses that have an air-handler or any ducting outside the building thermal envelope, a duct leakage test is required.
Michigan residential builders have some questions to ask themselves. What is a blower door test?  How do you conduct a blower door test?  How much does a blower door unit cost?  Others may be wondering how to do duct leakage testing?  A simple question may be, what is the section number of the provisions?
If you took one of MECCA’s code courses, you know the answers to these questions.
For those that didn’t, click here for details on Michigan’s new blower door and duct leakage testing requirements…

How To Grow Michigan’s Energy Efficiency Market
The American Jobs Project show opportunities for Michigan’s skilled trades

By: Laniesha Evans
The American Jobs Project, is a research project created from the loss of middle-class jobs and congressional paralysis. This project addresses these problems with a research report titled Michigan Jobs Project:  A Guide to Creating Advanced Energy Jobs encouraging movement into the market opportunity of advanced energy, with a specific focus on job opportunities in Michigan.

The idea is that this market opportunity can be done at a state level. Michigan is positioned to benefit from its growing capacity demand for advanced energy (energy efficiency, wind, solar, etc.).

The state is powered by strong labor force in advanced engineering, skilled-trades, and manufacturing.

Read more findings from this report here...

Help Grow MEECA! Share our Membership Application with your colleagues.  There is Power In Numbers!

For more information please contact
Brindley Byrd at 517-203-9180 or

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