Energy Code Status by State

 

Alabama | Arkansas | Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | Louisiana | Mississippi |
North Carolina | South Carolina | Tennessee | Virginia

State
Current Commercial Code
Current Residential Code
Happening NOW

Alabama

2015 Alabama Commercial Energy Code.

Based on ASHRAE 90.1 2013

Effective 1/1/2016

Alabama Residential Energy Code (2015 International Energy Conservation Code, with amendments) and Alabama Residential Building Code (2015 International Residential Code, with amendments).


Arkansas

Arkansas Energy Code For New Building Construction (based on 2009 IECC with State of Arkansas Supplements and Amendments).

Passed 1/1/14

Effective 1/1/15

Arkansas Energy Code For New Building Construction (based on 2009 IECC with State of Arkansas Supplements and Amendments).

Passed 1/1/14

Effective 1/1/15


Florida

2014 Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation (FBCEC) (based on the 2012 IECC with Florida-specific amendments); ASHRAE 90.1-2010 is provided as a “deemed-to-comply” option

2014 Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation (FBCEC) (based on the 2012 IECC with Florida-specific amendments)

Senate Bill 7000 proposes to stop the advancement and automatic update of  the International Codes by only using the current version of the Florida Building Code (6th Edition to become effective at the end of 2017). All future editions of the I-Codes will no longer serve as the base for the Florida Building Code.


Georgia

2011 Georgia State Minimum Standard Energy Code (2009 IECC referencing ASHRAE 90.1-2007 with Georgia-specific strengthening amendments)

2011 Georgia State Minimum Standard Energy Code (2009 IECC with Georgia-specific strengthening amendments)

The second energy code taskforce meeting will take place on February 23 in Atlanta. The committee is currently reviewing the 2015 IECC language; submitted proposals to the code will be assessed at the next meeting on March 11th.


Kentucky

2013 Kentucky Building Code, based on the 2012 IECC; ASHRAE 90.1-2010 is still an acceptable compliance path as allowed by section C401.2 in the 2012 IECC.

Passed 2/1/2014

Effective 10/1/2014

2013 Kentucky Residential Code (KRC), based on the 2012 IRC with state-specific amendments; equivalent to the 2009 IECC.

Passed 2/1/2014

Effective 10/1/2014


Louisiana

ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1 – 2007 edition is the applicable Energy Standard for buildings except low-rise residential buildings, and the 2009 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is the applicable standard for low-rise residential buildings.

Louisiana Uniform Construction Code amended the following: “Substitute Chapter 11, Energy Efficiency of the 2009 IRC, in lieu of Chapter 11 Energy Efficiency of the 2012 IRC”, one- and two- family suppplement to the 2006 IMC with the 2012 IRC Part V-Mechanical, and Appendix G of the 2012 IRC.

There is a draft rule to adopt the 2015 IBC, including the 2015 IECC for commercial buildings.


Mississippi

ASHRAE 90.1-2010

Passed 4/23/2013

Effective 7/1/2013

No mandatory code. ASHRAE 90-1975 applies to residential buildings on a voluntary basis.


North Carolina

2012 North Carolina Energy Conservation Code (based on the 2009 IECC with substantial strengthening amendments; ASHRAE 90.1-2007 is an acceptable compliance path through chapter 5 of the 2009 IECC).

Passed 1/23/11

Effective 1/1/12

2012 North Carolina Energy Conservation Code (based on the 2009 IECC with substantial strengthening amendments).

Passed 1/23/11

Effective 1/1/12

North Carolina Residential Energy Code Field Study

Upcoming events:

North Carolina Building Code Council Meeting Schedule

Code Change proposal form located here.

Public comment hearing: March 14th, 2017


South Carolina

South Carolina Energy Standard. The commercial provisions of the South Carolina Energy Standard reference the 2009 IECC, including that code’s reference to ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 as an alternative compliance path.

Passed 4/2/2012

Effective 1/1/2013

South Carolina Energy Standard. The residential provisions of the South Carolina Energy Standard reference the 2009 IECC.

Passed 4/2/2012

Effective 1/1/2013


Tennessee

2012 IECC.

Passed 5/5/2016

Effective 8/4/2016

The state has adopted the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) and the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with amendments.

Effective 2/2/2017

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance conducted a rulemaking hearing on November 2, 2015 to adopt the 2009 IECC for residential one and two family dwellings and townhouses. Following the rulemaking hearing, C&I submitted the formal request to adopt the 2009 IECC to the Attorney General’s Office. C&I anticipates that the rules will take effect in the fall of 2016.


Virginia

Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), 2012 Edition Based on the 2012 IECC with state-specific amendments.

Passed 6/1/2014

Effective 7/14/2014

Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), based on the 2012 IECC with significant weakening amendments.

Passed 6/1/2014

Wffective 7/14/2014

The building codes public comment period will open next Monday, February 20th, and will remain open for two months, until 4/21/17. The public comment hearing is scheduled for May 15th.

 

 

Updated: 06/16/17

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