The Arkansas Energy Office, a division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, has adopted the 2014 Arkansas Energy Code for New Building Construction, also known as the 2014 Arkansas Energy Code, which sets the minimum energy efficiency standard for new construction in Arkansas. This is a set of amendments for the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). This code is in effect on January 1, 2015.
Please note amendments for residential construction such as duct pressure testing is no longer required, programmable thermostats and consumer disclosure labels specifying components of the home are now required. The commercial energy standard is unchanged from the 2011 version of the code.
A permanent label disclosing energy efficiency attributes of the home is now required to be provided to consumers, lenders and appraisers. A permanent label shall be posted on or in the electrical distribution panel and a temporary label is required to be affixed in a clearly visible location for consumers on or in close proximity to the front door. This label is intended to assure consumers that their new home complies with the minimum energy efficiency standards of the state and help consumers compare efficiency of new homes.
Click here to see the current draft of the 2014 Arkansas Energy Code Disclosure Label.
Checks back for more resources to assist you understand the benefits and how to understand how energy efficient your new home is.
Compliance can be met through three compliance pathways:
Prescriptive: This compliance mechanism is based on code officials conducting building evaluations based on a review of the plans and actual construction in the field. Please note that counties in the Climate Zone 4 now have the same requirements as Climate Zone 3 for residential compliance.
Trade-Off: This is an approach that allows trading enhanced energy efficiency of one building component for decreased energy efficiency in another component. Tools such as REScheck, for residential builders, and COMcheck, for Commercial builders, are free and easy to use software tool available from the Department of Energy that automates the trade-off calculations and verifies that a projects design is in compliance with the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code. These tools that can be completed by anyone with a basic understanding of building science and given to code officials.
Performance: This pathway allocates a total allowable energy use for a building, as determined by modeling software and the builder chooses the materials he prefers to meet this target. One of the most common examples of energy modeling software for residential use and are those accredited by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET).
AEO has teamed up with the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance and Advanced Energy to develop guide books for both builders and code officials. These guides simplify and guide builders, contractors and code officials through the compliance process. The guides focus on typical building practices and highlight the code requirements that affect a majority of new homes constructed in Arkansas.
Click on the links below to access tools and resources:
1. Success with the Arkansas Energy Code Guidebook for Builders
2. Success with the Arkansas Energy Code Guidebook for Builders
3. Arkansas Energy Code Checklists and Tips for Builders
4. Arkansas Energy Code Checklists and Tips for Code Officials
Cities or counties that issue building permits for new building construction are required to record that the builder has certified that the proposed building will comply with the Arkansas Energy Code.
Any city or county which issues building permits for new building construction must adopt the Arkansas Energy Code by December 31, 2014. A sample ordinance can be found in Appendix A of the 2014 Arkansas Energy Code for New Building Construction.
To download a "code card" for your climate zone go to: Residential Compliance Tools or contact the Arkansas Energy Office at 1-800-558-2633.
A "deem to comply" residential compliance software developed for Arkansas
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