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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]


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Building Energy Code Incentives

Incentive Incentive Type Place Applicable Sector Eligible Technologies Active
Aspen & Pitkin County - Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (Colorado) Building Energy Code Aspen, Colorado Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Custom/Others pending approval
Wind
Yes
Aspen and Pitkin County - Efficient Building Program (Colorado) Building Energy Code Colorado Residential
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 Code Alabama Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Alaska) Building Energy Code Alaska Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Arizona) Building Energy Code Arizona Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Arkansas) Building Energy Code Arkansas Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (California) Building Energy Code California Commercial
Residential
Schools
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Building Energy Code (Colorado) Building Energy Code Colorado Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Building Energy Code (Connecticut) Building Energy Code Connecticut Commercial
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 Code Delaware Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Florida) Building Energy Code Florida Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Georgia) Building Energy Code Georgia Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Hawaii) Building Energy Code Hawaii Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Idaho) Building Energy Code Idaho Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Illinois) Building Energy Code Illinois Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Indiana) Building Energy Code Indiana Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Iowa) Building Energy Code Iowa Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Kansas) Building Energy Code Kansas Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Kentucky) Building Energy Code Kentucky Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Louisiana) Building Energy Code Louisiana Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Maryland) Building Energy Code Maryland Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Massachusetts) Building Energy Code Massachusetts Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Michigan) Building Energy Code Michigan Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Minnesota) Building Energy Code Minnesota Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Mississippi) Building Energy Code Mississippi Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Missouri) Building Energy Code Missouri Low-Income Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Montana) Building Energy Code Montana Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Nebraska) Building Energy Code Nebraska Commercial
Residential
State Government
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (New Hampshire) Building Energy Code New Hampshire Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (New Jersey) Building Energy Code New Jersey Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (New Mexico) Building Energy Code New Mexico Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (New York) Building Energy Code New York Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (North Carolina) Building Energy Code North Carolina Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (North Dakota) Building Energy Code North Dakota Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Ohio) Building Energy Code Ohio Commercial
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Oklahoma) Building Energy Code Oklahoma Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Oregon) Building Energy Code Oregon Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Building Energy Code (Pennsylvania) Building Energy Code Pennsylvania Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Rhode Island) Building Energy Code Rhode Island Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (South Carolina) Building Energy Code South Carolina Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (South Dakota) Building Energy Code South Dakota Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Tennessee) Building Energy Code Tennessee Commercial
Residential
State Government
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Texas) Building Energy Code Texas Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Utah) Building Energy Code Utah Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Virginia) Building Energy Code Virginia Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Washington) Building Energy Code Washington Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (West Virginia) Building Energy Code West Virginia Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Wisconsin) Building Energy Code Wisconsin Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code (Wyoming) Building Energy Code Wyoming Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Code for the District of Columbia (District of Columbia) Building Energy Code District of Columbia Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Building Energy Standards (Vermont) Building Energy Code Vermont Commercial
Low-Income Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Cape Charles - Construction & Design Standards (Virginia) Building Energy Code Virginia Industrial
Local Government
Construction
No
Chamblee - LEED Requirement for Private and Public Buildings (Georgia) Building Energy Code Georgia No
City of Austin - Commercial and Residential Green Building Requirements (Texas) Building Energy Code Texas Commercial
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 Code California Commercial
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 Code Boulder, Colorado Commercial
Construction
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Custom/Others pending approval
Yes
City of Chicago - Building Energy Code (Illinois) Building Energy Code Illinois Residential Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Roofs
Yes
City of Dallas - Green Buildling Ordinance (Texas) Building Energy Code Texas Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Roofs
Yes
City of Frisco - Residential and Commercial Green Building Codes (Texas) Building Energy Code Texas Commercial
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 Code Tennessee Low-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 Code California Commercial
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 Code Texas Commercial
Industrial
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
City of San Francisco - Green Building Code (California) Building Energy Code California Commercial
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 Code California Commercial
Industrial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
City of Santa Monica - Green Building Standards (California) Building Energy Code California Commercial
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 Code Arizona Residential Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Clark County - Energy Conservation Code (Nevada) Building Energy Code Nevada Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Construction Standards to Accomodate Solar Collectors (New Mexico) Building Energy Code New Mexico Residential
Construction
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
No
Eagle County - Eagle County Efficient Building Code (ECO-Green Build) (Colorado) Building Energy Code Eagle County, Colorado Commercial
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Guam - Building Energy Code (Guam) Building Energy Code Guam Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Guam - Solar-Ready Residential Building Requirement (Guam) Building Energy Code Guam Construction
Residential
Solar Water Heat Yes
Homebuyer Solar Option and Solar Offset Program (California) Building Energy Code California Residential Photovoltaics Yes
Los Angeles County - Green Building Program (California) Building Energy Code California Commercial
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 Code California Commercial
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 Code Maine Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
N. Mariana Islands - Building Energy Code (N. Mariana Islands) Building Energy Code N. Mariana Islands Commercial
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
Nevada Energy Code for Buildings (Nevada) Building Energy Code Nevada Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building Yes
New York City - Energy Conservation Requirements for Existing Buildings (New York) Building Energy Code New York Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Lighting
Yes
Philadelphia - Cool Roof Requirement (Pennsylvania) Building Energy Code Pennsylvania Commercial
Residential
Multi-Family Residential
Roofs No
Puerto Rico - Building Energy Code with Mandatory Solar Water Heating (Puerto Rico) Building Energy Code Puerto Rico Commercial
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 Code New Jersey Construction
Residential
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Solar Water Heating Requirement for New Residential Construction (Hawaii) Building Energy Code Hawaii Residential Solar Water Heat Yes
Town of Epping - Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Design Requirement (New Hampshire) Building Energy Code New Hampshire Commercial Equipment 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 Code United States Virgin Islands Commercial
Construction
Institutional
Local Government
Low-Income Residential
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
State Government
Solar Water Heat Yes
Virgin Islands Building Energy Code (Virgin Islands) Building Energy Code United States Virgin Islands Commercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building No

References

  1. DSIRE Glossary