Model Policies

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

Massachusetts is required to adopt the latest version of the IECC within 1 year. All commercial buildings must demonstrate full compliance with the energy provisions of the state code.

Focus: Commercial
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance
State: Massachusetts

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

The Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code Envelope Compliance Certificate for Commercial Buildings is used to demonstrate compliance with the mandatory requirements of the Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty code.

Focus: Adoption
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

The Vermont Energy Act of 2009 states that all new residential and commercial buildings must be in compliance with state regulations and building codes. A plan to achieve compliance in 90% of new and renovated homes and buildings must be submitted by September 2011.

Focus: Commercial
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance
State: Vermont

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 commercial provisions include adoption of the 2009 IECC.

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

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

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

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

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

The purpose of this document is to compile and summarize city and county ordinances that provide incentives or regulations to promote sustainable development. City or county officials can use this document to aid in drafting sustainable development policies for their local area. The goal of this booklet is to increase knowledge and awareness of current policies and ordinances created around the theme of sustainable development and conservation.

Focus: Adoption
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance, Green Building, Incentive
State: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Texas, Virginia, Washington

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 Iowa Building Code Commission has the authority to adopt and amend the building codes. The state energy code is reviewed on a 3-year code cycle corresponding to publication of the IECC. Iowa has consistently adopted the IECC published version the past three code cycles. Iowa adopted the 2009 IECC on January 1, 2010.

Focus: Adoption
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance
State: Iowa

The Idaho Building Code Board has authority to adopt and amend building codes pursuant to I.C. Section 39-4109. Updated codes are adopted every 3 years by the Idaho Legislature as they are revised by the International Code Council. Idaho has consistently adopted the IECC published versions the past four code cycles. Idaho adopted the 2009 IECC on January 1, 2011.

Focus: Adoption
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance
State: Idaho

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