Building Energy Code (Maryland)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Maryland

Name Building Energy Code
Incentive Type Building Energy Code
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Code Change Cycle Codes are usually reviewed every three years with the publication of the new editions of the model code. Last update effective January 1, 2012.
Commercial Code 2012 Maryland Building Performance Standards, based on 2012 IECC, ASHRAE 90.1-2010

Residential Code 2012 Maryland Building Performance Standards, based on 2012 IECC, ASHRAE 90.1-2010

Date added to DSIRE 2006-07-21
Last DSIRE Review 2013-07-26
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


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.

The Maryland Building Performance Standards (MBPS) are adopted by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Codes Administration. As required by legislation passed in 2009, DHCD must update the MBPS to incorporate the latest applicable ICC codes within 12 months of publication of the new code editions. The latest version of the Maryland Building Performance Standards, incorporating the 2012 IECC, became effective on January 1, 2012.

The MBPS is mandatory statewide. Builders must demonstrate compliance to local government (cities, counties) that have adopted the code. In cities and counties that have not adopted the code, the builder must certify code compliance to the serving electric utility as a condition for electrical service. The new standards are posted on the web site.

Legislation signed in May 2011 ([ HB 972]) made Maryland the first state to allow its jurisdictions to voluntarily adopt the International Green Construction Code beginning in March 2012.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Jim Magliano
Department Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Division Maryland Codes Administration
Address 100 Community Place

Place Crownsville, Maryland
Zip/Postal Code 21032
Phone (410) 514-7216
Phone 2 (410) 987-8902


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"