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Model Building Energy Code

Last Review: 2013-05-24
Incentive Type: Building Energy Code
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Applicable Sectors: Commercial
Website: http://bcap-ocean.org/state-country/maine


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 Energy Efficiency Building Performance Standards (EEBPS) are statewide minimum requirements that all new construction and additions to existing buildings must satisfy. Exceptions include single-family homes built by an owner-builder (which includes anyone supervising the construction of that person's single-family dwelling or a general contractor hired to supervise the construction) and log homes. The commercial requirements apply to all new commercial and institutional construction. Manufacturing facilities are exempt.

Legislation enacted in April 2008 (H.B. 1619) established the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board and required the board to adopt the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code, a new energy code for buildings, setting the 2009 versions of the IECC, IBC, IRC, IEBC and ASHRAE 90.1 as the mandatory building code standards for residential and commercial buildings statewide. Beginning December 1, 2010, the code is enforced in cities and towns that have more than 2,000 residents and that have adopted any building code by August 1, 2008. Effective July 1, 2012, the code is enforced in cities or towns that have more than 2,000 residents and that have not adopted a building code by August 1, 2008. Effective July 1, 2010, the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code replaces the state's model energy code.

Chris Carroll
Department of Economic and Community Development
59 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0059
Phone:(207) 624-7494 Ext.
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Web site: http://www.maine.gov/decd/


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