Model Policies

The Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO) was adopted to improve the energy and water efficiency of existing housing in the city of Berkeley.
RECO is meant to help insulate residents from energy price increases by reducing the amount of energy used for heat, hot water and lighting. The ordinance states that every home or apartment building sold or transferred in Berkeley or undergoing renovations valued at $50,000 or more must meet energy or water efficiency requirements for a number of items including toilets, showerheads, faucets, etc.

Focus: Residential
Category: Energy Conservation Ordinances and Mandatory Upgrades
State: California

Law requires that homes and apartments must meet minimum energy efficiency standards at time of sale or renovation.

Focus: Residential
Category: Energy Conservation Ordinances and Mandatory Upgrades
State: California

Law requires that rental housing must meet minimum energy efficiency standards by 2019.

Focus: Residential
Category: Energy Conservation Ordinances and Mandatory Upgrades
State: Colorado

Rental housing must meet minimum energy efficiency standards.

Focus: Residential
Category: Energy Conservation Ordinances and Mandatory Upgrades
State: Vermont

Rental housing must meet minimum energy-efficiency standards at time of sale.

Focus: Residential
Category: Energy Conservation Ordinances and Mandatory Upgrades
State: Wisconsin

"Prior to the sale of an existing residential structure, all toilets must be retrofitted with high efficiency toilets that meet the most recent requirements of the EPA Water Sense program. All city buildings with 5,000 square feet or more and all commercial buildings with 10,000 square feet or more must attain a LEED rating of silver. Select city buildings are required to achieve a gold rating. Commissioning is required for city buildings as a prerequisite for LEED. The energy performance and CO2 emissions for green buildings must be calculated to ensure that the structure exceeds the California Code by 15%."

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Exceeding the Code, Green Building
State: California

The "Stretch Code," an appendix to the Massachusetts state code, is a voluntary option for both residential and commercial buildings to achieve higher levels of energy efficiency than the 2009 IECC code. Adherence to the stretch code could result in 20% to 35% better energy efficiency in residential structures, and 20% better energy efficiency in commercial buildings when compared to the existing code.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Exceeding the Code
State: Massachusetts

This law is known as the single-family dwelling Energy Efficiency Ordinance. All new single family homes greater than 1,500 square feet and additions and remodels resulting in 1,500 square feet or greater must have energy efficiency that exceeds the Standard Design by 15% or more (determined by square footage and climate zone). Homes must meet the requirements without photovoltaic credit or alternative proposed design credit. Multi-family homes are excluded.

Focus: Residential
Category: Exceeding the Code
State: California

Residential homes, including both single-family and multi-family, must exceed the 2006 IECC energy efficiency standards by a percentage that is based on square footage. Single-family homes less than 3,000 square feet must be 30% more efficient; homes between 3,000 and 5,000 square feet must be 50% more efficient; and homes larger than 5000 square feet must be 75% more efficient. All multi-family homes must exceed the 2006 IECC by 30%. All applicants seeking a remodel or addition to an existing structure must complete an energy audit before a permit to build will be issued. New construction and remodels must also show that at least 50% of the construction waste is recycled.

Focus: Residential
Category: Exceeding the Code, Green Building
State: Colorado

New residential construction of 500 square feet or more, remodels or renovations resulting in 1,500 square feet total or more, multi-family residential construction and new commercial buildings with 5,000 square feet or more must exceed the Current Standards by the percentage listed in the compliance table for each structure. Building permits will not be issued without proof of compliance. Homes over 7,000 square feet must reach net zero energy. Projects may use photovoltaic credits and/or Alternative Proposed Design Credit to meet the requirements of the compliance tables.

Focus: Residential
Category: Exceeding the Code
State: California

As of 2009, all commercial buildings over 10,000 square feet and residential units adding one or more dwelling units must complete a green building checklist. Commercial buildings over 10,000 square feet must complete an energy analysis (recommended for multi-family residential).

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure, Green Building
State: California

Estimated costs of utilities must be disclosed to tenants in the form of a "budget plan" by rental properties.

Focus: Residential
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure
State: Michigan

Landlords and sellers must disclose the energy performance of buildings to renters/buyers. Commercial buildings must also disclose energy usage data to the EPA and State Department of Energy. Violations are subject to civil penalties. Additionally, buildings and homes meeting energy efficiency criteria may be eligible for property tax exemption.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure, Incentive
State: Oregon

Energy audits are required for all residential and multi-family homes after construction and before homes are sold. Audits are good for 10 years. Disclosure of the energy audit results is mandatory and in the case of multi-family homes, must be posted in specified locations for tenants to access. In cases where energy usage exceeds 150% of average homes, the owner is given 18 months to conduct retrofits.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure
State: Texas

This bill proposes to requirethe seller or agent to complete a statement of energy performance at the time a commercial or residential building or unit is offered for sale; to inform potential buyers of their right to obtain the statement; and to supply the statement to a buyer prior to any such sale.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure
State: Vermont

Virginia Beach is creating an Energy Improvement Plan, which will include a "Green Fleet" program that requires all new buildings be LEED certified. Energy audits will be performed on selected buildings. Net metering and energy audits are encouraged for residential structures.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure, Green Building, Netmetering and Submetering Policies
State: Virginia

Relates to home energy rating systems, energy efficiency, conservation and weatherization for  certain programs of the state Housing and Finance Corporation; prohibits the Corporation from making or participating in the making of, or the purchase of a loan for a residential building, if construction began after a certain date unless the building complies with thermal and lighting energy standards; and requires certification and training for contractors, architects, engineers and building inspectors.

Focus: Residential
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure
State: Alaska

The residential code covers energy conservation audit requirements. Prior to the sale or exchange of a home, the home must have an energy audit to determine compliance with the energy conservation standards of Roseville.

Focus: Residential
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure
State: California

Energy disclosure is mandatory for all new and existing homes in Kansas. It is the responsibility of the builder or owner when a home is sold to disclose such information to the buyer.

Focus: Residential
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure
State: Kansas

In addition to the state energy goals of reducing fossil fuel usage by 15% by 2015 and increasing the total renewable energy use to 25%, the Next Generation Energy Act requires utilities to provide technical assistance for all residential and commercial projects that incorporate green building practices in their construction.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure, Green Building, Incentive
State: Minnesota

Expanding Building Efficiency Incentives Act of 2009. The 1986 Internal Revenue Code will be amended to include an extension and modification of the new energy efficient home credit and guidelines on energy rating of non-business property, including home inspection ratings.

Focus: Residential
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure
State: National

HB 2615 requires municipalities to adopt standards for issuing permits for the use of certain solar energy devices, including single-family residential construction with solar photovoltaic systems intended to connect to a utility system and single-family residential solar water heating systems. It also requires that any building or permit fee assessed by a city or town relating to a solar energy product must be attributable and defray or cover the expense of the product or service for which the fee is assessed.

Focus: Residential
Category: Green Building, Netmetering and Submetering Policies
State: Arizona

Green building requirements added to San Mateo Municipal Code for residential and commercial structures. Green building requirements include resource conservation, waste reduction and diversion, and increased energy efficiency. Compliance requirements include planning applications, permit review, compliance during construction, and a final determination of compliance upon completion. In effect on January 1, 2010.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Green Building
State: California

The Private Development Green Building Ordinance requires a Green Point Rating System (GPRS) be used during new construction and remodeling of residential dwellings (single- and multi-family). Commercial buildings must include all items on the city of Hayward Checklist for Private Non-Residential Development before a certificate of occupancy will be awarded.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Green Building
State: California

Commercial buildings must be in compliance with LEED's minimum energy prerequisite. Residential homes (3 stories or less) must be in compliance with GreenPoint Rated's minimum energy prerequisites. Residential high rises (4 stories or more) must demonstrate energy usage to ensure compliance with 2009 GreenPoint Rated guidelines. Home Energy Rating System (HERS) ratings will be required for all multi-family renovations prior to attaining a building permit as of January 1, 2011.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Green Building
State: California

Palo Alto's mandatory program addresses residential and non-residential projects. Residential projects achieve Build it Green/Green Points Certification and are certified by Build it Green/Green Points Rater, or verified by the city, depending on project size. Non-residential projects must achieve LEED certification; smaller projects are verified by the city, larger must be registered and verified with USGBC.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Green Building
State: California

This mandatory program focuses on energy and water efficiency, as well as recycling and reuse of building materials. Level of compliance is tied to the square footage of the residence. A commercial program is under development. 

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Green Building, Water and Landscaping
State: Colorado

Eagle County's comprehensive, point-based program is mandatory. Home size determines the number of points needed to achieve each level of certification. Plan review and inspection of program elements is fully integrated into the standard permitting and inspection process. Buildings exceeding minimum standards are eligible for rebates.

Focus: Residential
Category: Green Building, Incentive
State: Colorado

The index is a tool used to assess all planned unit developments (PUD), PUD amendments, final plats, major special use permits, and zone changes. The points-based index addresses: site and location, connections and uses, transportation, and resource efficiency. Each project must meet a pre-determined point threshold for approval. The SCI promotes mixed use, transit-oriented, new urbanist, form-based, pedestrian- and environmentally-friendly, clustered, infill development, and is a required finding for new development proposals reviewed by the Board of County Commissioners.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Green Building
State: Colorado

Fort Collins' Green Building Program was created to help align Fort Collins with the community's goals for carbon emission reduction, energy efficiency, and water conservation. The city has developed green building amendments for commercial and residential projects that will increase resource, energy and water efficiency and conservation, indoor environmental quality, outdoor environmental quality, operations and maintenance education for the building owner (residential) and commissioning (commercial).

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Green Building, Water and Landscaping
State: Colorado

With the 2010 Ordinance 1331, the city of Telluride adopted a green building program that applies to all new construction, additions, and remodels of commercial, residential, and multi-family homes and requires compliance with energy and green building codes. The city has created the Telluride Energy Mitigation Program (TEMP) that requires all excessive exterior energy use, larger homes, and heated garages mitigate or offset the impacts of the additional energy requirements by either using an on-site renewable energy source or making a payment in lieu. This includes outdoor pools, heated garages, and spas/ hot tubs. An energy code review fee equal to 20% of the project's building permit fee must be paid to cover the costs associated with verifying compliance. Funds from the energy code review and TEMP program will be used on town projects. Violating any portion of the ordinance will result in a misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction by a penalty as set in...

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Green Building, Incentive
State: Colorado

The "Stamford Cool & Green 2020" incoporates energy efficiency, renewable energy, solid waste/recycling, transportation, and community. Highlights include:

The 10% Challenge is a voluntary program to help households and businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 10%.  The 10% Challenge provides the tools and the information necessary to conserve energy at home and work.

Establish a list of the “top 10” green items or services that are routinely purchased by the city, or which represent a significant cost savings.  Develop a policy to ensure that the green items chosen are purchased.  General areas for consideration shall be cleaners, computers, fleets, office electronics, and paint. 

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Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Green Building, Lighting Upgrades
State: Connecticut

Charlotte County Board of Commissioners adopted a Green Building Ordinance establishing a Green Building Program. New residential projects and residential renovation projects that are certified under the LEED for Homes Rating System and new commercial projects, commercial renovation projects that are certified under the appropriate LEED Rating System, and land developments that are certified under the LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System, are all eligible to participate in this program. All program participants are eligible for fast-track permitting and will be included in a marketing program to promote green building in Charlotte County. The County Board may adopt at a later date a resolution providing monetary incentives for green building, if County funds allow. Also, once the County Comprehensive Plan is adopted, the County Board will consider offering additional incentives including density bonuses for projects that are certified at LEED Silver and...

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Green Building, Incentive
State: Florida

The Tampa Fast Track Review Checklist is not a rating system. It is a means whereby city staff can determine if a project meets certain sustainability criteria as to warrant a faster plan review. Some requirements include:

New and renovated municipal buildings 5,000 ft2 or larger must achieve LEED Silver.

Commercial buildings 5,000 ft2 or larger are required to comply with a third-party rating system, LEED or FGBC.

Residential and commercial buildings less than 5,000 ft2 must meet six requirements.

Other systems are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Grants are available to help with permitting costs.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Green Building, Incentive
State: Florida

Greensburg's Sustainable Comprehensive Master Plan was created in an effort to rebuild Greensburg after a devastating earthquake in 2007. The Master Plan provides a framework for the rebuilding of Greensburg based around the principles of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. As part of the plan, all municipal buildings must be constructed to LEED platinum standards and exceed the energy efficiency baseline code by 42%. The city also has a windfarm that produces 100% renewable energy for the town. It is voluntary for residential homes to comply with the ICC-700 National Green Building Standard. The Master Plan incorporates all aspects of green building- from site selection to walkability to landscaping to hazard mitigation- every element is covered.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Exceeding the Code, Green Building, Water and Landscaping
State: Kansas

This high profile, voluntary program offers recognition for high performing, comprehensively sustainable buildings.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Green Building
State: New Mexico

"Nashville has a voluntary green certificate program, offers density bonus incentives in designated neighborhoods, and has mandatory requirements for municipal buildings. To receive a green certificate of occupancy, commercial buildings must earn LEED Certified, specifically requiring WEc3.1 (20% water use reduction); residential buildings must submit proof of LEED or EarthCraft Homes certification. In the downtown area, development in the Central Business District is eligible to increase the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) cap from 15 to 17 if the project achieves LEED Silver. Projects in this district benefit from a FAR of 19 if the project achieves LEED Gold. In the South of Broadway (SoBro) neighborhoods, developments are eligible to increase the FAR cap from 5 to 7 if the project achieves LEED Silver. Projects in these neighborhoods benefit from a FAR cap of 9 if LEED Gold is achieved. All public and publicly-funded building projects of 5,000 ft2 or greater (or...

Focus: Commercial, Multi-Family, Residential
Category: Green Building, Incentive
State: Tennessee

The city of Austin has numerous green building provisions within the city building code, with requirements that vary according to location, zoning designation and building type. The building standards rely on the Austin Energy Green Building Rating system and the LEED certification system as metrics. In some cases, developers have the option of achieving compliance under either of the two systems. Under the Austin Energy Green Building Rating System, buildings are awarded up to five stars depending on the number and breadth of green building elements that are incorporated into the design. In terms of energy efficiency, rated buildings are designed to exceed the Austin Energy Code.

Focus: Commercial, Multi-Family, Residential
Category: Exceeding the Code, Green Building
State: Texas

All residential and commercial structures designed to achieve green building certification will receive priority plan review. Commercial buildings must be designed to achieve, at a minimum, LEED silver, which residential homes must be designed to achieve, at a minimum, LEED Homes silver, Nation Green Building Standards (NGBS) silver, Earthcraft select status, or Green Globes (3 to 5 green globes).

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Green Building, Incentive
State: Virginia

Residential, commercial, and mixed structures are eligible to apply for participation in Clark County's pilot program for sustainable development. The goal of the project is to promote and encourage the incorporation of elements of the Living Building Challenge into buildings and communities. The program will allow deviations from the current code requirements that might otherwise prevent sustainable buildings from being built. Applications will be accepted for 5 years or until six projects have been selected.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Green Building
State: Washington

In a broad partnership of city resources (Washington State Department of Energy, Puget Sound Electric and others), Seattle provides customized green building education, early design guidance, technical assistance, incentives, and recognition of sustainable building. They recognize and support a variety of third party verification programs including Built Green and LEED. They have published a series of green guides for various project types and resource lists. The city not only provides extensive information on external incentives, it also provides incentives such as FAR bonuses in certain areas, expedited review service, etc.

Focus: Commercial, Multi-Family, Residential
Category: Green Building, Incentive
State: Washington

Pima County's comprehensive, point-based program is voluntary. Home size determines the number of points needed to achieve each level of certification. Plan review and inspection of program elements are fully integrated into the standard permitting and inspection process. The program is designed to coordinate with ENERGY STAR, utility incentive programs, and EPAct Home program. A parallel commercial program is under development.

Focus: Residential
Category: Green Building, Incentive
State: Arizona

Ordinance 04411 adds the Green Building Program to county building regulations. It also establishes program goals, outlines rating requirements, and expedites permit processing for GreenPoint Rated or LEED homes.

Focus: Commercial, Multi-Family, Residential
Category: Green Building, Incentive
State: California

Any building permit or water hook-up shall be issued or granted only if the applicant demonstrates that the water demands created by the use of the structures for which the building permit, water hook-up or development approval is sought will be entirely offset (Ord. No. 2003-36 § 11). In all cases, the amount of water offset by retrofits shall be equal to or greater than the estimated water usage of the proposed building, as determined by the annual water budget procedures.

Focus: Commercial, Multi-Family, Residential
State: New Mexico

Beginning July 1, 2009 all new applications for single-family residential buildings in the city of Santa Fe are subject to the Residential Green Building Code. Home size determines the number of points needed to achieve each level of certification. Plan review and inspection of program elements will be fully integrated into the permitting and inspection process. The program is designed to coordinate with ENERGY STAR, utility incentive programs, and EPAct Home program

Focus: Residential
Category: Green Building
State: New Mexico

The following requirements are effective July 1, 2010: All new or substantially renovated residential structures must comply with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) New York ENERGY STAR-Labeled Home Program. At a minimum, homes less than 3500 ft2 must attain a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rating of 84; homes with 3501 to 4500 ft2 must attain a HERS rating of 87; homes with 4501 to 6500 ft2 must attain a HERS rating of 90; and homes over 6500 ft2 must attain a HERS rating of 93. All commercial and municipal buildings, regardless of size, must meet the ""designed to ENERGY STAR"" requirements. Owners of residential homes and commercial buildings that meet LEED requirements are eligible for a refund of 0.25% of the costs of construction

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Green Building, Incentive
State: New York

All new residential homes must meet the minimum requirements for certification as an Earth Advantage home, including an evaluation of energy usage, water usage, and air quality guidelines. Developers may increase the base density of units in residential developments by incorporating energy efficiency, architectural creativity and innovation, and the use of natural features of the landscape

Focus: Residential
Category: Green Building
State: Oregon

In addition to the building codes of the city, the following is required: a minimum Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of 83; one programmable thermostat on every story; return air paths on rooms must be closed off by a door; all joints in the air distribution system must be sealed with duct mastic; ASHRAE 62.2 must be met in respect to indoor air quality, HVAC system; HVAC plenums must be constructed of sheet metal; air filters must be replaced before occupancy; carpets, cushions, and adhesives must carry the Carpet and Rug Institute's (CRI) green label; vinyl wallpaper is not allowed in portions of the home. In addition to the landscape ordinance, bedding must be mulched using recycled content; and each installed tree must have an irrigation drip bag or zoned bubbler system. In addition to the city's waste and recycling regulations, construction waste, including brick and wood, must be recycled

Focus: Residential
Category: Green Building, Water and Landscaping
State: Texas

Before residential homes may be built, a site plan must be prepared that identifies important features such as native vegetation and nearby water sources including streams and springs. The site plan must also contain a report on how the features of the site may be used to support green building and low impact development. Green certification may be attained by BuiltGreen or LEED.

Focus: Residential
Category: Green Building
State: Washington

The original ordinance was signed in 2000, with additional definitions added in 2006 for clarification. Gilbert's water conservation ordinance addresses irrigation water use in new residential developments and commercial properties. Water-intensive landscaping in common areas of a new single family or multi-family development shall not exceed 10% of the total landscapable area in the new development. If reclaimed water is used on such common areas, the town's reclaimed water incentive rate shall be charged. If only reclaimed water is used on common areas, the amount of water-intensive landscaping may increase to 50% of the total landscapable area. In model homes, the following restrictions apply: (a) The combined water-intensive landscaping and water features of model homes in new single-family developments shall not exceed 20% of the landscapable area; (b) Water-intensive landscaping shall be located only where it is functionally useful, such as in play areas or...

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Water and Landscaping
State: Arizona

All irrigation systems must be installed with a rainwater sensor that will override the system to ensure landscapes are not being watered in the rain. Violators will be charged a fine that will increase with each day of offense, up to $400 per day.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Water and Landscaping
State: North Carolina

Directly watering impervious surfaces such as driveways and sidewalks, as well as overwatering to the extent that water cannot be absorbed into the soil, will result in a fine of that will increase with each day of offense, up to $400 per day.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Water and Landscaping
State: North Carolina

Residential and commercial buildings with even numbered addresses are allowed to water Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Residential and commercial buildings with odd numbered addresses are allowed to water Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Watering by hand with a can or hose is allowed any day of the week, as long as the hose or can is physically held by a person. Residential fines can be up to $500. Commercial fines can range from $250 to $2,000.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Water and Landscaping
State: North Carolina

Authorizes the collection of precipitation from a roof of a building that is primarily used as a residence and is not connected to a domestic water system if the water collected is used for fire protection, the watering of livestock, irrigation and household purposes. Concerns rainwater harvesting and water efficiency/conservation.

Focus: Residential
Category: Water and Landscaping
State: Colorado

All single- and two-family residences must incorporate environmentally sustainable principles and low maintenance plant species into landscaping. A maximum of 50% of plants (excluding trees) may be nondrought tolerant.

Focus: Residential
Category: Water and Landscaping
State: Florida

Incentives are provided to utility customers (residential and commercial) in purchasing renewable energy services. Energy audits are required before funding is given.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure, Incentive
State: Delaware

Chicago has several green roof incentive programs, including the Green Roof Improvement Fund, a 50% grant match for the cost of placing a green roof on an existing building located in the Central Loop TIF District up to a maximum grant amount of $100,000 per project, and the Green Roof Grant Program, which awards $5,000 grants for green roof projects on residential and small commercial projects. In addition, the city of Chicago currently requires all new, near-flat roofs meet the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR cool roof standards as part of the Chicago Energy Conservation Code. A cool roof uses special materials to reflect the sun's heat instead of warming the building below. The city's Cool Roofs Grant Program provides up to $6,000 each to help residents and small business owners install roofs that meet or exceed the cool roof standards.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Incentive
State: Illinois

This template offers ideas, provisions, and definitions a local government may chose to include when developing a green building ordinance. This document also includes ordinances and resolutions already passed by Florida jurisdictions.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Green Building
State: Florida

This document provides a sample ordinance, including a blank template.

Focus: Residential
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance
State: Oregon

Initiative 202 authorizes the city council to levy and collect a Climate Action Plan Tax from residential, commercial, and industrial power consumers for the purpose of funding a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Miscellaneous
State: Colorado

In addition to requirements for increased energy performance, indoor air quality and homeowner education, the residential green building ordinance specifies the need for waste reduction and recycling. The waste reduction goal is to divert a minimum of 50% (by weight) from the landfill site.

Focus: Residential
Category: Green Building
State: Maryland

This communication pertains to log home testing. The log home industry will not support any new code changes because many of the standards are too restrictive. The council has agreed to use REScheck, however.

Focus: Residential
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance, Miscellaneous
State: Virginia

August 28, 2009, Governor Pat Quinn signed the Energy Efficient Building Act into law. The Act established a statewide residential energy code (for the first time), which requires that newly constructed residential buildings meet the minimum standards set forth in the most recent version of the International Energy Conservation Code (2009 IECC). The Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) must now review and adopt the code through an administrative proceeding. The Illinois Capital Development Board adopts each new version of the IECC within 9 months of its publication, with an effective date 3 months afterwards. Administrative rules for the law are developed by CDB and approved by the General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). Illinois has adopted the last three published versions of ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1. The state is now on track to adopt both residential and commercial consistently. Illinois adopted the 2009 IECC/ASHRAE 90.1-2007 on...

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance
State: Illinois

The Oregon Building Codes Division has the authority to approve and adopt codes and proposed code amendments. The state building code is derived from the most appropriate version of base model codes, which are adopted approximately every 3 years from the last Oregon specialty code effective date. Oregon adopted the OR Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) effective July 1, 2011 and the OR Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC) for commercial buildings effective July 1, 2010. Oregon has also adopted a commercial reach code, which became effective July 1, 2011. This is a voluntary code based on the International Green Construction Code. Oregon is one of the few states that now has a reach code based on the baseline code, which has exceeded the IECC version for the last two code cycles.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance
State: Oregon

The Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development (a Governor-appointed board) has authority to adopt changes to the Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC). The adoption process for modifications may take up to 12 months. Virginia is on a 3-year review cycle concurrent with the publications of new editions of the model codes. Virginia has consistently adopted the IECC published versions the past four code cycles. Virginia adopted the 2009 IECC, effective March 1, 2011, with a 1-year phase-in period during which builders and designers can still use the current USBC version.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance
State: Virginia

All new construction and substantial remodels must exceed Title 24 by 10%, use solar as primary heating for pools, insulate hot water pipes, use the Green Materials list for 50% of building square footage or 100% of building fixtures, submit landscape and irrigation plans for approval to the city of Santa Monica, divert 65% of construction and demolition waste from the landfill, and capture and treat rainwater.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance, Exceeding the Code, Green Building
State: California

Adoption of the 2009 New Mexico Energy Conservation Code was based on the requirements of the 2009 IECC. Residential structures must comply with envelope and system requirements, including thermal bypass requirements, of ENERGY STAR. Lighting requirements are also based on ENERGY STAR: 75% must be high-efficacy OR 50% of installed lighting must be ENERGY STAR certified. All residential projects must be 20% more efficient than the 2006 IECC. Commercial structures must comply with the 2009 IECC unless more energy efficient standards are provided by the NM code. Effective January 11, 2011.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance, Exceeding the Code
State: New Mexico

Oregon's code amendment proposal application may be used to initiate changes to the current state code.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance
State: Oregon

Ordinance No. 3043 adopts the 2009 IECC and the Oregon Specialty Codes in Ashland, OR.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance
State: Oregon

The Michigan Construction Code covers code changes pertaining to the Michigan Uniform Energy Code. All buildings must be designed and constructed in accordance with the Michigan energy code. Changes became effective March 2011.

Focus: Residential
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance
State: Michigan

This is a supplemental packet pertaining to code changes, and is an example of how codes are altered. The regulations on duct testing are amended in this packet.

Focus: Commercial, Residential
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance
State: Virginia

The Michigan Construction Code residential provisions include the adoption of the 2009 IECC.

Focus: Residential
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance
State: Michigan