State Statutes and Local Ordinances that Allow Home Energy Ratings as Compliance Option for Residential Energy Code
"Determining code compliance is further complicated when compliance is performance-based as opposed to prescriptive. Prescriptive measures can be observed individually and verified during jobsite inspections [assuming there is jobsite inspection for energy measures]. Performance-based compliance approaches, which are increasing in popularity, involve the interdependence of various measures and are not easily verified at the jobsite. Computer software programs are often required to determine either code compliance or "deemed-to-comply" status. Even building departments with advanced plan review capabilities are often hard-pressed to find the time to determine energy code compliance. It is unrealistic to expect code enforcement officials, without hardware, software, training, or adequate time, to perform plan reviews and determine code compliance in the field as part of a jobsite inspection." (Alternative Code Implementation Strategies for State" a report by DL Smith and JJ McCullough prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy)
With the movement towards performance-based residential energy codes third party certification such as home energy ratings become of greater importance to effective energy code compliance. To assist state and local governments develop energy code legislation that allows for home energy ratings as a compliance option, RESNET has developed this directory of state and local ordinances that recognize third party compliance. RESNET appreciates the assistance that the Building Codes Assistance Project and the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships provided in compiling the directory.