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Building Energy Code

Last Review: 2013-07-26
Incentive Type: Building Energy Code
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Applicable Sectors: Commercial
Website: http://bcap-ocean.org/state-country/kentucky


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.

The Kentucky Building Code (KBC) is updated every three years on a cycle one year behind the publication year for the International Building Code. Any changes to the code by the state of Kentucky are submitted to the Board of Housing for review by the Office of Housing, Buildings, and Construction Division of Building Codes Enforcement. The division is then responsible for complying with code changes and amendments.

Local jurisdictions are required to follow the statewide energy provisions and are not allowed to reference or enforce any other standard or code other than the KBC. The exception to this requirement is that jurisdictions may enforce Kentucky Residential Code as an alternative method of compliance when the scope of coverage has been extended to include homes that are not trade-name or brand-name homes

The 2007 Kentucky Building Code (KBC – applies to commercial buildings), which is based on the 2009 IBC and 2009 IECC, became effective June 1, 2011.  The 2007 Kentucky Residential Code (KRC – applies to residential buildings) is based in the 2006 IRC and 2006 IECC and took effect June 1, 2011.

To access forms and publications of the Division of Building Code Enforcement, go to: www.ohbc.ky.gov/bce/FormsPublications.htm.

Rick McNees
Office of Housing, Buildings, and Construction
1047 US 127 South

Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone:(502) 573-0373 Ext.
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Web site: http://www.ohbc.ky.gov/bce/


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