Puerto Rico

Last updated on 2012-08-21

Current News

The adoption date of the IECC 2009 began on January 1st, 2011; however, the effective date of this code will be transitory. Effective dates begin March 1, 2013 and continue through March 1, 2016.

Current CodeNone Statewide
Amendments / Additional State Code InformationThe adoption date of the IECC 2009 began on January 1st, 2011; however, the effective date of this code will be transitory. Effective dates begin March 1, 2013 and continue through March 1, 2016.

Approved Compliance ToolsCan use COMcheck
Approximate Energy EfficiencyEquivalent to 2009 IECC
Adoption Date02/24/2011
Code EnforcementMandatory
DOE DeterminationASHRAE 90.1-2007: No
ASHRAE 90.1-2010: No

Current CodeNone Statewide
Amendments / Additional State Code InformationThe adoption date of the IECC 2009 began on January 1st, 2011; however, the effective date of this code will be transitory. Effective dates begin March 1, 2013 and continue through March 1, 2016.

Approved Compliance ToolsCan use REScheck
Approximate Energy EfficiencyEquivalent to 2009 IECC
Adoption Date02/24/2011
Code EnforcementMandatory
DOE Determination2009 IECC: No
2012 IECC: No

Code Change ProcessRegulatory
Code Change CycleNone

Adoption Process

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico implements the code. No revision schedule exists; all code revisions apply to all the entire island of Puerto Rico.

Enforcement Process

A certification by the professional who signs the plans is required. No field inspections are made unless requested for special reasons

Compliance Process

All designs and plans must be submitted and signed by a professional engineer or architect.

Background

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. Legislation has been enacted that assigns the Energy Affairs Administration responsibility for updating the energy code. The adoption date of the IECC 2009 began on January 1st, 2011; however, the effective date of this code will be transitory. This means that the effectiveness of the IECC 2009 will depend on the Building Occupancy Group as defined in the IBC 2009, all the way through 2017, in order to fulfill with the 90% compliance as stated in the State Energy Program Regulations. Effective dates begin March 1, 2013 through March 1, 2016