Building Energy Code (Rhode Island)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Rhode Island

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 Three-year code review/change cycle concurrent with publication of new editions of model codes. Most recent update effective: July 1, 2010.
Commercial Code 2009 IECC, mandatory statewide; may use COMcheck to show compliance.

Residential Code 2009 IECC with, mandatory statewide; may use REScheck to show compliance

Date added to DSIRE 2006-07-27
Last DSIRE Review 2012-07-05

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 Rhode Island Building Code Standards Committee adopts, promulgates and administers the state building code. Compliance is determined through the building permit and inspection process by local building code officials and the State Building Commission. The local code official enforces the state building code. The State Building Commissioner enforces the code for all state buildings and buildings built on state-owned property.

HB 5986, signed in May 2009, directed the Rhode Island State Building Commission to update the state building code to include the 2009 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2007 and to develop a plan to achieve compliance in 90 percent of new and renovated building space by February 2017.  The new codes went before the State Legislature's Legislative Oversight Committee for final approval in early 2010.  After a period for training of code officials and other stakeholders, the 2009 edition of the State Energy Conservation Code took effect July 1, 2010.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Stuart Cowen
Department Department of Administration
Division State Building Commission
Address 1 Capitol Hill, 2nd Floor

Place Providence, Rhode Island
Zip/Postal Code 02908-5859
Phone (401) 222-1430


  • 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)"