Building Energy Codes

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Building energy codes adopted by states (and some local governments) require commercial and/or residential construction to adhere to certain energy standards. While some governmental bodies have developed their own building energy codes, many use existing codes, such as the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), developed and published by the International Code Council (ICC); or ASHRAE 90.1, developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). A few local building energy codes require certain commercial facilities to meet green building standards. [1]



Building Energy Code Incentives

IncentiveIncentive TypePlaceApplicable SectorEligible TechnologiesActive
Aspen & Pitkin County - Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (Colorado)Building Energy CodeAspen, Colorado: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Custom/Others pending approval
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Wind
Yes
Aspen and Pitkin County - Efficient Building Program (Colorado)Building Energy CodeColorado: Energy ResourcesResidential
Construction
Multi-Family Residential
Low-Income Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Custom/Others pending approval
Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Geothermal Electric
No
Building Energy Code (Alabama)Building Energy CodeAlabama: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Alaska)Building Energy CodeAlaska: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Arizona)Building Energy CodeArizona: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Arkansas)Building Energy CodeArkansas: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (California)Building Energy CodeCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Schools
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Building Energy Code (Colorado)Building Energy CodeColorado: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Building Energy Code (Connecticut)Building Energy CodeConnecticut: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Biomass
Daylighting
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Small Hydroelectric
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Wind
Yes
Building Energy Code (Delaware)Building Energy CodeDelaware: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Florida)Building Energy CodeFlorida: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Georgia)Building Energy CodeGeorgia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Hawaii)Building Energy CodeHawaii: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Idaho)Building Energy CodeIdaho: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Illinois)Building Energy CodeIllinois: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Indiana)Building Energy CodeIndiana: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Iowa)Building Energy CodeIowa: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Kansas)Building Energy CodeKansas: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Kentucky)Building Energy CodeKentucky: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Louisiana)Building Energy CodeLouisiana: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Maryland)Building Energy CodeMaryland: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Massachusetts)Building Energy CodeMassachusetts: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Michigan)Building Energy CodeMichigan: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Minnesota)Building Energy CodeMinnesota: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Mississippi)Building Energy CodeMississippi: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Missouri)Building Energy CodeMissouri: Energy ResourcesLow-Income Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Montana)Building Energy CodeMontana: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Nebraska)Building Energy CodeNebraska: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
State Government
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (New Hampshire)Building Energy CodeNew Hampshire: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (New Jersey)Building Energy CodeNew Jersey: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (New Mexico)Building Energy CodeNew Mexico: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (New York)Building Energy CodeNew York: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (North Carolina)Building Energy CodeNorth Carolina: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (North Dakota)Building Energy CodeNorth Dakota: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Ohio)Building Energy CodeOhio: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Oklahoma)Building Energy CodeOklahoma: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Oregon)Building Energy CodeOregon: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Building Energy Code (Pennsylvania)Building Energy CodePennsylvania: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Rhode Island)Building Energy CodeRhode Island: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (South Carolina)Building Energy CodeSouth Carolina: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (South Dakota)Building Energy CodeSouth Dakota: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Tennessee)Building Energy CodeTennessee: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
State Government
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Texas)Building Energy CodeTexas: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Utah)Building Energy CodeUtah: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Virginia)Building Energy CodeVirginia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Washington)Building Energy CodeWashington: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (West Virginia)Building Energy CodeWest Virginia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Wisconsin)Building Energy CodeWisconsin: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code (Wyoming)Building Energy CodeWyoming: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Code for the District of Columbia (District of Columbia)Building Energy CodeDistrict of Columbia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Building Energy Standards (Vermont)Building Energy CodeVermont: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Low-Income Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Cape Charles - Construction & Design Standards (Virginia)Building Energy CodeVirginia: Energy ResourcesIndustrial
Local Government
Construction
No
Chamblee - LEED Requirement for Private and Public Buildings (Georgia)Building Energy CodeGeorgia: Energy ResourcesNo
City of Austin - Commercial and Residential Green Building Requirements (Texas)Building Energy CodeTexas: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Biomass
Daylighting
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Photovoltaics
Small Hydroelectric
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Wind
Yes
City of Berkeley - Energy Conservation Ordinance (California)Building Energy CodeCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Building Insulation
Caulking/Weather-stripping
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Duct/Air sealing
Equipment Insulation
Lighting
Yes
City of Boulder - Green Points Building Program (Colorado)Building Energy CodeBoulder, Colorado: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Construction
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Custom/Others pending approval
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Yes
City of Chicago - Building Energy Code (Illinois)Building Energy CodeIllinois: Energy ResourcesResidentialComprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Roofs
Yes
City of Dallas - Green Buildling Ordinance (Texas)Building Energy CodeTexas: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Roofs
Yes
City of Frisco - Residential and Commercial Green Building Codes (Texas)Building Energy CodeTexas: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Duct/Air sealing
Programmable Thermostats
Roofs
Yes
City of Memphis - Energy Efficiency of Rental Properties (Tennessee)Building Energy CodeTennessee: Energy ResourcesLow-Income Residential
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Building Insulation
Caulking/Weather-stripping
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Custom/Others pending approval
Doors
Duct/Air sealing
Windows
Yes
City of Palo Alto - Green Building Requirement (California)Building Energy CodeCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Biomass
Daylighting
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Hydroelectric energy
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Small Hydroelectric
Solar Pool Heating
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Wind
No
City of San Antonio - Green Building Requirement (Texas)Building Energy CodeTexas: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Industrial
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
City of San Francisco - Green Building Code (California)Building Energy CodeCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Biomass
Daylighting
Fuel Cells
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Small Hydroelectric
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Wind
Yes
City of San Jose - Private Sector Green Building Policy (California)Building Energy CodeCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Industrial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
City of Santa Monica - Green Building Standards (California)Building Energy CodeCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Construction
Industrial
Local Government
Multi-Family Residential
Schools
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Custom/Others pending approval
Daylighting
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Pool Heating
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Solar Water Heat
No
City of Tucson - Solar Design Requirement for Homes (Arizona)Building Energy CodeArizona: Energy ResourcesResidentialPhotovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Clark County - Energy Conservation Code (Nevada)Building Energy CodeNevada: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Construction Standards to Accomodate Solar Collectors (New Mexico)Building Energy CodeNew Mexico: Energy ResourcesResidential
Construction
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
No
Eagle County - Eagle County Efficient Building Code (ECO-Green Build) (Colorado)Building Energy CodeEagle County, Colorado: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Guam - Building Energy Code (Guam)Building Energy CodeGuam: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Guam - Solar-Ready Residential Building Requirement (Guam)Building Energy CodeGuam: Energy ResourcesConstruction
Residential
Solar Water HeatYes
Homebuyer Solar Option and Solar Offset Program (California)Building Energy CodeCalifornia: Energy ResourcesResidentialPhotovoltaicsYes
Los Angeles County - Green Building Program (California)Building Energy CodeCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Construction
Industrial
Local Government
Multi-Family Residential
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Biomass
Daylighting
Fuel Cells
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Small Hydroelectric
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Marin County - Green Building Requirements (California)Building Energy CodeCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Construction
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Wind
Yes
Model Building Energy Code (Maine)Building Energy CodeMaine: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
N. Mariana Islands - Building Energy Code (N. Mariana Islands)Building Energy CodeN. Mariana IslandsCommercial
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
Nevada Energy Code for Buildings (Nevada)Building Energy CodeNevada: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
New York City - Energy Conservation Requirements for Existing Buildings (New York)Building Energy CodeNew York: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Lighting
Yes
Philadelphia - Cool Roof Requirement (Pennsylvania)Building Energy CodePennsylvania: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Multi-Family Residential
RoofsNo
Puerto Rico - Building Energy Code with Mandatory Solar Water Heating (Puerto Rico)Building Energy CodePuerto Rico: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Custom/Others pending approval
Solar Pool Heating
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Solar Energy Option Requirement for Residential Developments (New Jersey)Building Energy CodeNew Jersey: Energy ResourcesConstruction
Residential
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Solar Water Heating Requirement for New Residential Construction (Hawaii)Building Energy CodeHawaii: Energy ResourcesResidentialSolar Water HeatYes
Town of Epping - Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Design Requirement (New Hampshire)Building Energy CodeNew Hampshire: Energy ResourcesCommercialEquipment Insulation
Lighting
Duct/Air sealing
Building Insulation
Custom/Others pending approval
Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Photovoltaics
Biomass
Fuel Cells
Ground Source Heat Pumps
CHP/Cogeneration
Daylighting
Ethanol
Biodiesel
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Roofs
Wind
No
U.S. Virgin Islands - Solar Water Heating Requirement for New Construction (Virgin Islands)Building Energy CodeUnited States Virgin Islands: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Construction
Institutional
Local Government
Low-Income Residential
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
State Government
Solar Water HeatYes
Virgin Islands Building Energy Code (Virgin Islands)Building Energy CodeUnited States Virgin Islands: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingNo

References

  1. DSIRE Glossary