The Arkansas Energy Office, a division of the Arkansas
Economic Development Commission, has adopted the 2014 Arkansas Energy Code for New Building
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.
This label is currently being developed and will be
available by January 1, 2014.
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:
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.
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.
Builders and contractors click on this link to order today!
officials click on this link to order today!
For now, checklists and resources for code compliance can be
found here: https://www.energycodes.gov/compliance/evaluation/checklists.
Please note that the Arkansas Energy Office is currently
working to develop more Arkansas specific checklists and resources so keep
coming back for more updated materials.
In the near future there will be a Success with the 2009 IECC for
Builders book and other helpful information provided to assist builders
ensure their homes meet the state code.
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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