Updating state residential building energy efficiency codes

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Governor Beshear signs HB 240 into law, establishing a High-Performance Buildings Advisory Committee to develop advanced standards for public buildings.The bill requires all new and renovated buildings for which the state government pays more than 50 percent of the total capital costs be designed and constructed to meet the new high-performance standards developed by the Committee.Changes to building codes by the state of Kentucky are submitted to the Board of Housing for review by the Office of Housing, Buildings, and Construction Division of Building Codes Enforcement.The changes are approved in this forum and are forwarded to the Legislative Research Committee for public comment and further review.Read more: RESNET article | HBA Lexington The Board of the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction approves a proposal to update the 2007 Kentucky Residential Code (KRC), whose 2nd edition is currently based on the 2006 IRC, to reference the 2009 IECC.The proposal includes one weakening amendment: basement insulation will only be required from the top of the wall to below the frost line.The Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction conducts plan review, inspects and enforces the energy code (and conducts HVAC inspections/certifications) for all commercial and multi-family residential dwellings.

Mandatory compliance with these new codes begins on June 1, 2011.The Kentucky Building Code establishes minimum standards for all commercial and multifamily residential buildings and is mandatory statewide.The code ensures the public safety, health and welfare insofar as they are affected by building construction and to secure safety to life and property from all hazards incident to the occupancy of buildings, structures or premises.The 2007 KRC (based on the 2006 IRC with amendments) becomes effective, but there is a 90-day grace period during which the previous edition of the code can still be used to show compliance.In addition to these changes, Kentucky now requires inspections of all new HVAC systems statewide (both commercial and residential).

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