Are you aware of your state’s energy code? You should be, especially if you’re planning on installing a new commercial roofing system! These important codes establish minimum requirements for energy-efficient design and construction for new and renovated buildings.
Code requirements vary state to state, but most of the basic requirements are adopted from the International Code Council’s publications. For example, the standard International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is adopted by most states. States and municipalities; however, may choose to adopt more stringent guidelines.
The benefits of energy codes include:
- Reduce energy consumption
- Increase building comfort and indoor air quality
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Improve public health and environment
- Comply with building code as a whole
To find the current energy codes for your state, view our chart below or visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s website, Building Energy Codes Program at http://www.energycodes.gov/. Then, select the Adoptions tab, and click Status of State Energy Code Adoption. Alternatively, use this direct link: http://www.energycodes.gov/adoption/states.
The Building Energy Codes Program website includes a color-coded, quick reference map for current commercial and residential energy codes and the standards adopted by each state. Note that the most prevalent Energy Codes specified are the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning (ASHRAE) and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).