The PSD has now adopted the final version of the energy codes and set the effective dates as follows: These "Draft" versions represents the final code language as adopted by Vermont.
The PSD is currently working with the ICC to complete the official formatted versions of RBES and CBES.
Providing comfort cooling and energy efficiency in nonresidential buildings is an ongoing task for engineers and designers as they increasingly have to focus on energy-efficient building codes and high-performance buildings.
A building's energy impact is determined by initial design decisions, operations, and the owner's project budget.
Mandatory building energy codes are one way to target energy efficiency by requiring a minimum level of energy efficiency for all new residential and commercial buildings in a state.
Enforcing compliance with building codes can be difficult and costly, but a concerted effort to fund and train code officials has the potential to generate significant energy savings for a state, helping consumers to save money on their energy bills and thereby making businesses more viable and homes more affordable.
There are building energy codes for both commercial and residential buildings.