Building Energy Code (Pennsylvania)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Pennsylvania

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 Generally reviewed every three years with the publication of the new editions of the International Code Council's series of model codes. Most recent code update effective December 31, 2009.
Commercial Code The 2009 Uniform Construction Code is based on the 2009 IECC with reference to ASHRAE 90.1-2007. The commercial code applies to nonresidential buildings and is mandatory statewide. COMcheck may be used to show compliance.

Residential Code The 2009 Uniform Construction Code is based on the 2009 IECC. It also offers alternate compliance paths through the 2009 IRC (Chapter 11) and the 2009 Pennsylvania Alternative Residential Energy Provisions (PA-Alt) (see below). The residential code applies to 1- and 2-family detached homes and townhouses and is mandatory statewide. REScheck may be used to show compliance.

Date added to DSIRE 2006-07-26
Last DSIRE Review 2012-10-08

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.

Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has the authority to upgrade commercial and residential energy standards, respectively, when appropriate, through the regulatory process. The current code, the 2009 UCC, became effective December 31, 2009.

Over 90% of Pennsylvania's 2,563 municipalities have elected to administer and enforce the UCC locally, using their own employees or via certified third party agencies (private code enforcement agencies) that they have retained. In these municipalities, the Department has no code enforcement authority, except where the municipality lacks the services of a person certified as an "Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner."

If a municipality has "opted out," the Department is responsible for all commercial code enforcement in that municipality. The Department also has sole jurisdiction for all elevators and all state-owned buildings, no matter where they are located.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Jon C. Balson
Department Department of Labor and Industry
Division Uniform Construction Code Program
Address 1605 Labor and Industry Building
Address 2 7th and Forster Streets
Place Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Zip/Postal Code 17120
Phone (717) 787-9099


  • 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)"