Building Energy Standards Update
VT Building Energy Standards Update;
Residential (RBES) & Commercial (CBES)
Vermont law requires that the residential energy code (RBES) and the commercial energy code (CBES) be updated on appropriate schedules, the next update is currently underway and is expected to continue through 2014. This page shall be updated with all relevant information on the code update process including stakeholder meetings and drafts of the proposed updates.
On June 17, 2013, the Vermont legislature adopted Act 89, which clarifies the applicability of Vermont’s residential and commercial building energy codes to mixed-use buildings and includes various amendments to promote compliance with those codes, such as using existing State and local permit processes to encourage compliance.
Vermont’s First Stretch Code
Act 89 also amends the RBES statute to authorize the Vermont Public Service Department to adopt a “stretch” code for residential buildings to achieve greater energy savings than the baseline RBES. Once a stretch code is adopted, residential buildings will gain a presumption of compliance with the energy conservation criterion of Act 250 by complying with the stretch code. Additionally, the Vermont Public Service Department (PSD) is developing a “stretch” code for commercial buildings to achieve greater energy savings than the baseline CBES. Municipalities will have the option to adopt either or both stretch codes as part of their land use bylaws.
Energy Code Update Timeline
• Introductory Stakeholder Webinar held February 2014
• Proposed Energy Code Language available early June 2014
• Stakeholder meetings held March and June 2014
• Comment Period for inclusion in draft ends July 9
• Draft filed with ICAR end of July
• Revised Draft available August 19, 2014 and filed with Secretary of State
• Public Hearing - September 19, 2014
• Public Comment Period ends - September 26, 2014
• Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules Hearing - October 2014
• Target Code Adoption Date - December 2014
• Target Code Effective Date - March 2015
NOTE: This anticipated timeline may change. Changes will be posted on this webpage.
The Residential stretch code has been incorporated into the base code document. Information and updates on the commercial stretch code development process shall be contained here.
Final Public Meeting - Solicit feedback on revised draft of energy codes
September 19 - VT Statehouse - Room 11, Montpelier
Commercial 10:30 am to12 noon; Residential 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Open Stakeholder Workshops – Discuss Proposed Changes & Solicit Feedback
Residential 9 am to 12 noon; Commercial 1 pm to 4 pm; Lunch 12 noon to 1 pm
March 12 - Noble Hall, Vermont College, Montpelier CANCELLED DUE TO WINTER STORM
March 14 - Vermont Fire Academy, Pittsford
June 19 - Burlington Electric Department
June 25 - Windsor Welcome Center
Webbased forms have been set up to gather feedback from stakeholders and can be found at the below links;
Final public comments/feedback are due to the Vermont Department of Public Service no later than Friday, September 26, 2014.
If you have any questions please contact Barry Murphy of the Vermont Department of Public Service on 802-828-3183 or at email@example.com.
Below are revised drafts of the commercial and residential proposed codes, which have been submitted to the Secretary of State as part of the rulemaking process. Also below is a summary of the comments we've recieved with responses.
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