Victories are built upon a foundation of committed long-term advocacy

As is highlighted elsewhere in this issue of MI Builder, the state is going to remain on the 2015 Michigan Residential Code (MRC) with the next residential code update not coming until 2021. While the bill allowing this passed a couple of years ago, this accomplishment didn’t happen by accident and was an evolution of the work your state association began decades ago. It started with the passage of the Single State Construction Code Act. In turn that legislation was made possible by earlier legislation repealing the Council of American Building Official’s (CABO) Model Energy Code and requiring Michigan to write its own cost-effective residential energy code, the Michigan Uniform Energy Code (MUEC), in its place. Then, as more and more proposed code changes only dealt with product promotion, your state association moved to give the State flexibility on how often it needed to update the MRC. In today’s fast-paced world it’s easy to focus on the present and the future and forget about past successes that made today’s accomplishments possible.