Enforcement of Energy Codes

Adopting energy codes is important, but enforcement is critical. Without mechanisms to ensure and verify compliance, the benefits associated with energy codes will not occur. Enforcement strategies vary according to the regulatory authority, resources, and manpower of a state or jurisdiction.

State Enforcement

States generally enforce the energy code for state-owned or state-financed construction, although in some states the energy code is enforced by a state agency for certain building types or locations. Where states enforce the energy code, state resources determine the extent to which plans are reviewed and actual construction is inspected for compliance.

Local Enforcement

Where adopted by local government or when the state adoption process delegates enforcement to local government, local building regulatory agencies will generally conduct plan review and construction inspection.

However, as with states, the availability of resources determines the extent and degree of scrutiny to which plan reviews and construction inspections can be performed. Because jurisdictional resources and construction types and amounts vary, the rates of compliance may vary across a state.

Enforcement ensures compliance with the code and is critical to securing the energy, environmental, and economic benefits inherent in the code.

Steps to Enforcement

  1. KNOW the requirements.
  2. IDENTIFY which code and compliance path were used.
  3. REVIEW the design.
  4. INSPECT the building during and after construction.
  5. OBSERVE, REVIEW, AND ENSURE testing, commissioning, and owner documentation.
  6. GET HELP when you need it.