Energy Code

2014 Arkansas Energy Code

 

 


The Arkansas Economic Development Commission Energy Office is in the process of adopting rules for administering Act 7 of 1981.  The purpose for this rule is to update the residential energy standard from the International Energy Conservation Code 2003 to International Energy Conservation Code 2009.
 
The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is soliciting comments on the proposed rules filed with the Secretary of State on March 6, 2014.  A public hearing for the proposed rule will be held at 6 p.m. on March 18, 2014 at the Jess Odom Community Center, South Room 1100 Edgewood Drive, Maumelle, Arkansas.  Copies of the proposed rule may be found here or may be obtained by calling (501) 682-7678.  Written comments may be submitted  through April 9th, by mailing them to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, J.D. Lowery, 900 West Capitol, Suite 400, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201 or by faxing them to (501) 682-7499.  Comments will also be accepted via email at jlowery@ArkansasEDC.com.

  

For Residential Builders

The most recent update to the residential code went into effect on October 1, 2004 and includes the 2003 International Energy Conservation Code (2003 IECC).

Simplified Residential Code Compliance Tools make it easy to understand and comply with Arkansas’s residential energy code.  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.

REScheckTM for Arkansas is a”deem to comply" residential compliance software developed for Arkansas.

 

For Commercial Builders

The most recent update to the commercial code was adopted in November of 2011.  Accordingly, ASHRAE 90.1.2001 will continue to be in effect for commercial buildings until December 31, 2012.  On and after January 1, 2013, ASHRAE 90.1-2007 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings or Chapter 5 of the 2009 IECC will be in effect. 

COMcheck is a “deem to comply” software tool to determine compliance with ASHRAE 90.1-2001 or 2007.  To download go to: www.energycodes.gov/comcheck/download.stm.

 

For Municipal Code Enforcement Officials

Cities or counties that issue building permits for new building construction are required to record that the builder has certified that the propoosed 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, 2012.  An example of a model ordinance is below.

Upon adoption of the Arkansas Energy Code, applicable cities or counties are required to submit a copy of the adoption ordinance to the Arkansas Energy Office.  If a city or county has not adopted the Arkansas Energy code by December 31, 2012, the mayor and/or county judge is required to submit a letter to the Arkansas Energy Office, no later than 60 days after this deadline, describing why the city or county is not in compliance with Arkansas Code §15-10-205(b)(3)(B).

Sample Ordinance for Local Code Adoption

 

 

 

 

  • Residential Compliance Tools

    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.

  • REScheck for Arkansas

    A "deem to comply" residential compliance software developed for Arkansas

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