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Building Energy Code

Last Review: 2012-10-05
Incentive Type: Building Energy Code
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Applicable Sectors: Commercial
Website: http://bcap-ocean.org/state-country/wisconsin


Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP websites.

In March 2006, SB 459 was enacted to promote renewable energy and update the state's building energy codes.

The law required the Department of Commerce (DOC) to create codes for energy conservation in public buildings and places of employment and to review that code. In conducting the review, the DOC must consider incorporating into the Energy Conservation Code design requirements from the most current national energy efficiency design standards that are generally acceptable and used by engineers and the construction industry. Unlike the previous law, SB 459 refers to the International Energy Conservation Code instead of the 1989 version of a standard adopted by ASHRAE. The bill also changes the five-year revision requirement to a three-year requirement.

The state of Wisconsin implemented many changes to its Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC) for 1&2-family dwellings. Among them, changes were made to COMM 22 (beginning on page 66/102) of the UDC to incorporate the 2006 IECC with Wisconsin amendments. The 2009 IECC code, with some augmentations for commercial construction was officially implemented on September 1, 2011.

Randy Dahmen
Wisconsin Department of Commerce
P.O. Box 7162
201 W. Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53701-7162
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Web site: http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/SB/


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