Building Energy Code (Iowa)
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||The state energy code is reviewed on a three-year code cycle corresponding to publication of the IECC. Written requests for changes to the state energy code can be submitted to the state Building Code Bureau. All suggested code revisions are processed through the state administrative rule-making process involving publication, public comments, and public hearings. The latest code update was on January 1, 2010.|
|Commercial Code||2009 IECC, referencing ASHRAE 90.1-2004. Can use COMcheck to show compliance.|
|Residential Code||2009 IECC mandatory statewide. Can use REScheck to show compliance.|
|Date added to DSIRE||2006-07-28|
|Last DSIRE Review||2012-10-08|
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.
House File 2361 was signed in April 2006. This law rescinded Iowa's minimum energy efficiency standard for residential construction, the "home heating index," and instead requires the state building commissioner to adopt energy conservation requirements based on a nationally recognized building energy code. The State Building Code Commissioner, in conjunction with the State's Building Code Advisory Council, adopts rules and holds public hearings on the proposed rules.
On October 21, 2009 the Iowa Building Code Advisory Council, after previously issuing a notice of intended action (NIA), approved the adoption of several amendments to the State Building Code, including the adoption of the 2009 IECC effective January 1, 2010 (with a three month transition period during which the previous code, the 2006 IECC, may still be used). Commercial code applies to new construction as well as any work done on existing buildings, but only to new construction of 1-2 family residences. Residential sprinkler requirements have been pushed back until January 1, 2013.
|Contact Name||Monica Stone|
|Department||Iowa Office of Energy Independence|
|Division||Policy and Communications Division|
|Address||Lucas State Office Building|
|Address 2||321 East 12th Street|
|Place||Des Moines, Iowa|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.