Puerto Rico - Building Energy Code with Mandatory Solar Water Heating (Puerto Rico)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Puerto Rico

Name Puerto Rico - Building Energy Code with Mandatory Solar Water Heating
Incentive Type Building Energy Code
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Solar Pool Heating, Solar Water Heat, Comprehensive Measures, Rough-ins for future renewable energy installation
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs






Code Change Cycle 3 years
Commercial Code 2009 IECC

















Residential Code 2009 IECC with Puerto Rico-specific amendments



















Website http://bcap-ocean.org/state-country/puerto-rico
Date added to DSIRE 2008-06-18
Last DSIRE Review 2013-02-21



References DSIRE[1]


Summary

In 2009, the Governor of Puerto Rico provided assurance that Puerto Rico would update its building energy codes as part of the state's application for State Energy Program funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Specifically, the Governor's Assurance assigned the Puerto Rican Energy Affairs Administration (EAA) the following responsibilities:

  • Implement building energy codes for residential buildings that meet or exceed the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC 2009).
  • Implement building energy codes for commercial buildings that meet the 2007 ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1, “Energy Standard for Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings”
  • Implement a plan to achieve compliance with the building energy codes within 8 years of the date of enactment of the ARRA in at least 90% of new and renovated residential and commercial building space.

The EAA worked in collaboration with Hawaii and other territories to develop amendments to the IECC 2009 incorporating considerations such as the tropical climate zone and construction industry of the islands. The amendments were evaluated and approved in June 2010. According to the EAA, these technical amendments were determined by using Energy Plus software that simulates the energy consumption of a building. The final public hearing was held September 30, 2010 to decide the fate of the proposed amendments to the IECC 2009.

The final adopted 2011 Puerto Rico Building Codes include the updated energy codes and are available on Puerto Rico's Integrated Permits System (within the Office of Permits Inspection and Management). The codes reference the International Energy Conservation Code and their effective date depends on the building’s occupancy group type. By March 2017, the state has a goal of 90% compliance on new construction and renovations. Overall, the codes are enforced by the Office of Permits Management, although the Energy Affairs Administration has a significant role in the energy code section and implementation.

Of particular note are the inclusion of renewable energy provisions within the Residential Energy Efficient Chapter. Pool heaters are only allowed if they are powered by renewable or alternate energy sources. And, only solar water heaters may be used for any new one- and two-dwelling units and townhouses (no exemptions). Furthermore, the code contains provisions for required rough-ins for future installation of renewable energy systems (low income housing exempted).

History
In 1979 the Code for Energy Conservation in Puerto Rico was adopted as part of the Building Codes administered by the Permits and Regulations Administration (in 2010, this agency was replaced with the Oficina del Inspector de Permisos y la Oficina de Gerencia de Permisos or Office of Permits Inspection and Management). Legislation was enacted that assigns the Energy Affairs Administration responsibility for updating the energy code. Later, when the general building code was adopted, there was no separate energy code. The 1999 Building Energy Code was in place until this 2011 code revision.

For additional information about building energy codes, visit U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP).


Incentive Contact

Contact Name General Info EAA
Department Energy Affairs Administration

Address P.O. Box 41314

Place San Juan, Puerto Rico
Zip/Postal Code 00940
Phone (787) 332 -0914

Fax (787) 721-3089

Website http://www.aaepr.net
     
     

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 2011 Puerto Rico Building Code

Date Enacted 2011-01-01


















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

References

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