Building Energy Code (Delaware)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Name||Building Energy Code|
|Incentive Type||Building Energy Code|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Residential|
|Eligible Technologies||Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building|
|Energy Category||Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs|
|Code Change Cycle||No set schedule. Most recent update effective: July 1, 2010.|
|Commercial Code||ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007, mandatory statewide; can use COMcheck-EZ to show compliance.|
|Residential Code||2009 IECC, mandatory statewide|
|Date added to DSIRE||2006-07-21|
|Last DSIRE Review||2013-07-24|
Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP websites.
In 2004, the governor signed SB 306 adopting the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for residential construction and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1-1999 for commercial construction. SB 59, signed in July of 2009, strengthened Delaware's building code, requiring 2009 IECC for new detached one- and two-story family dwellings and all other new residential buildings three stories or less constructed after July 1, 2010. All other new construction built after July 1, 2010, including high-rise residential, must meet ASHRAE 90.1-2007. The bill further requires all new residential buildings constructed after December 31, 2025, and all new commercial buildings constructed after December 31, 2030 to be zero net energy capable. To be qualified as net zero energy capable, the building must be energy efficient enough that the building would consume zero energy if the building owner chose to install on-site generation.
|Contact Name||Crystal Nagyiski|
|Department||Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control|
|Division||Division of Energy and Climate|
|Address||1203 College Park Drive, Suite 101|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.