Building Energy Standards Update

Background

The most current versions of the Residential (RBES) and Commercial (CBES) Building Energy Standards became effective September 1, 2020. The current Residential Standards were based on the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), 2015 with additional language from the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), 2018 and International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), 2021. The Commercial Standards were based on the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), 2018 with additional language from the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), 2021. Vermont statutes require that revisions be made promptly after the issuance of updated standards. In 2013, the Vermont legislature in Act 89 required the adoption of a stretch code for residential buildings to achieve greater energy savings than the baseline RBES. Municipalities have the option to adopt and include the stretch language for either residential or commercial buildings, or both, in the municipality’s land use bylaws.

Request for Proposals

The Vermont Department of Public Service is seeking the services of a qualified contractor with demonstrated experience in building practices; energy codes; public outreach; and excellent written, verbal and organization skills to provide consulting services to update the Vermont Residential Building Energy Standard (RBES), including the stretch code and the Vermont Commercial Building Energy Standard (CBES). The contractor will work closely with PSD and a stakeholder advisory group.

Proposals are due by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 with the goal of selecting a contractor by November 12, 2021. The contract period will run from contract execution (target start date is December 14, 2021, but will depend on the state contracting review and approval process) through June 30, 2023. Proposals must be for the entire scope of work but may include subcontractors for particular tasks.

RFP availible here for review

See also, PSD responses to bidder questions regarding the RFP

Adopted Rule Documents 

Updated 2020 Residential Building Energy Standards (RBES) 

Updated 2020 Commercial Building Energy Standard (CBES) 

 

2020 RBES Training Videos

 

Part 1 - Background Information

Part 2 - Code Updates

2020 CBES Training Videos

C402 - Building Envelope

C403 - Mechanical

C404 - Service Hot Water

C405 & C406 - Electrical & Lighting & Additional Package Options

C407 - Building Commissioning

C501 - Existing Buildings

 

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