Residential Building Energy Standards

Overview

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 October 1, 2011 -- February 28, 2015

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

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

Other Resources

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