Residential Building Energy Standards


The Vermont Residential Building Energy Standard (RBES) - 30 V.S.A. § 51 affects all new homes built after July 1, 1998.

New RBES revisions took effect in 2015 and apply to construction commenced on and after the effective date. RBES applies to all new residential construction, including additions, alterations, renovations, and repairs.  The effective dates are as follows:

  • Residential Building Energy Standard Base - March 1, 2015
  • Residential Building Energy Standard Stretch (applies to all Act 250 projects) - December 1, 2015

Energy Code Materials for Homes Built starting March 1, 2015

Hard copies of code materials are available free of charge from the Energy Code Assistance Center (toll free #: 855-887-0673).

Energy Code Materials for Homes Built from October 1, 2011 - February 28, 2015

Energy Code Materials for Homes Built from January 1, 2005 - September 30, 2011

Energy Code Material for Homes Built July 1, 1998 - December 31, 2004

Other Resources

  • Energy Code Assistance Center: 1-855-887-067
  • The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). Helpful information on home energy rating systems and energy efficient mortgages.
  • Energy and Environmental Building Alliance. EEBA promotes the awareness, education and development of energy efficient, environmentally responsible buildings and communities.
  • ENERGY STAR Homes Program. Voluntary partnerships with home builders to construct residences that are 30 percent more energy-efficient than the current Model Energy Code (MEC).
  • Building Green. Articles, reviews, and news stories on energy-efficient, resource-efficient, and healthy building practices. EBN addresses material selection, siting, indoor air quality, day lighting, and other subjects relating to green building practices.
  • Home Energy Magazine
  • OIKOS Green Building Resource. Information on green building products and materials along with techniques for sustainable design and construction.

For more information please contact Kelly Launder by email, or (802) 828-4039, at the Public Service Department.