Residential Building Energy Standards

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2011 Energy Code ♦ 2005 Energy Code1997 Energy CodeCode Update ♦ Other Resources ♦


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

The RBES has been revised as of July 1, 2011. Revisions took effect October 1, 2011 and “shall apply to construction commenced on and after the date they become effective". RBES applies to all new residential construction, including additions, alterations, renovations, and repairs.


Energy Code Update Process

Vermont law requires that the residential energy code (RBES) be updated promptly upon the revision of the latest International Energy Conservation Code. This process has now begun. 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. 


Energy Code Materials for Homes Built from October 1, 2011 - Present

The updated Vermont Residential Energy Code Handbook is now available:

Free hard copies are also be available free of charge from the Public Service Department, as well as the Energy Code Assistance Center (toll free #: 855-887-0673).


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 Energy Code Resources

  • Energy Code Assistance Center: 1-855-887-0673
  • Alliance to Save Energy Home Energy Checkup
    A guide to saving money and increasing comfort in your home while reducing energy use and pollution at the same time! You can select from among 14 kinds of energy efficiency choices, see how much money and pollution you can save, find out where to get energy efficient products, and get tips on how to act on your choices.
  • The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)
    For helpful information on home energy rating systems and energy efficient mortgages.
  • Consumer Research Council (CRC)
    CRC was founded in 1972 as a nonprofit research and education organization. It provides information to the public on consumer issues, assists over 200 affiliated state and local organizations representing 50 million consumers and conducts research projects.
  • Energy Efficient Builders Association
    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.