Residential Building Energy Standards

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2015 Energy Code ♦ Trainings ♦ 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.

New RBES revisions took effect March 1, 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.

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 starting March 1, 2015 -

  • 2015 Residential Energy Code Handbook (not yet available)
  • 2015 Vermont Residential Building Energy Standards - DRAFT (view only PDF version) This "Draft" version represents the final code language as adopted by Vermont. The PSD is currently working with the ICC to complete the offical formated version of the RBES, the only changes to be made between this final 'Draft' and the Final official copy will be to formating, typos, numerical errors and internal references.  We will make the final version available as soon as its completed. Hard copies of this draft can be provided upon request.
  • 2015 RBES Certificate (not yet available)
  • 2015 RBES Owner/Builder Disclosure Statement (not yet available)
  • REScheck Software (not yet available) Until the 2015 Vt REScheck software is available the PSD will accept 2011 Vt  REScheck with envelopes exceeding 9% or more as complying with the 2015 RBES

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


Code Trainings

Efficiency Vermont conducted a number of trainings for the updated 2015 RBES (see list below).  Any additional trainings will be posted here. A copy of the presentation is posted below.


Previous Trainings:

3/31/15 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Saint Albans

3/18/15 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM – West Lebanon, NH

2/27/15 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Wilmington

2/26/15 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM - South Burlington

2/25/15 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Newport

2/24/15 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Hardwick

2/20/15 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Williamstown

2/19/15 – 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Brattleboro

2/13/159:00 AM to 12:00 PMMiddlebury

2/10/159:00 AM to 12:00 PM Manchester Center



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


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. Materials from the most recent update process is listed on this webpage.


Other Resources

  • Energy Code Assistance Center: 1-855-887-0673
  • The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)
    For helpful information on home energy rating systems and energy efficient mortgages.
  • 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.