The International Code Council (ICC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) have collaborated to provide the following resources featuring the latest in building energy code products and services to assist code officials. This page includes information on training, certification, resources and publications related to energy code compliance.
Internationally, code officials recognize the need for a modern, up-to-date energy conservation code addressing the design of energy-efficient building envelopes and installation of energy efficient mechanical, lighting and power systems through requirements emphasizing performance. Introduced in 1998 and continuing the leadership role in energy codes that the ICC legacy organizations started over 20 years before that, the International Energy Conservation Code®(IECC) addresses energy efficiency on several fronts including cost savings, reduced energy usage, conservation of natural resources and the impact of energy usage on the environment. As an alternative for one- and two-family dwellings, the International Residential Code® (IRC) provides prescriptive energy provisions that can be easily implemented and are consistent with IECC provisions.
The code council performs periodic revisions of its model codes through a defined process that allows outside participation from stakeholders, including public and governmental entities. Once the revision process is completed, a new edition of the model code is published. States and local jurisdictions can then reference these codes, to legislate increased energy efficiency in buildings through their adoption processes. Both the IECC and ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 are developed, revised, and adopted in open public forums, through a voluntary consensus process.
The adoption of model codes presents a significant opportunity to save energy in residential and commercial buildings. The U.S. does not have a nationally preemptive energy code or standard for buildings other than manufactured housing, so energy codes are adopted at the state and local levels of government. Through the Building Energy Codes Program (BECP), DOE provides technical assistance to state and local governments to help facilitate the adoption process. This support also includes tracking state adoption status, coordinating activities among stakeholders, and technical analysis.
- International Code Adoptions
- International Codes – State Adoptions
- International Codes – Jurisdiction Adoptions
- 2012 International Codes Adoptions
- Commercial Adoptions
- Residential Adoptions
- Code Adoption Resources
- Technical Assistance for States
- ACE Adoption Toolkit and eLearning Module
Note: Commercial and residential adoption links above include state owned and funded.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through the Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) Resource Center, provides a comprehensive collection of information, resources, and technical assistance designed to answer questions and address issues related to energy codes.
- COMcheck™ Desktop or COMcheck -WEB
- REScheck™ Desktop or REScheck-WEB
- BECP helpdesk
- 2009 IECC Commercial Evaluation Checklist (ZIP file)
- 2009 IECC Residential Checklists and Instructions (All Climate Zones) (ZIP file)
- ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 Checklist and Instructions (ZIP file)
- ACE Compliance Toolkit and eLearning Module
- ACE Enforcement Toolkit and eLearning Module
The Code Council and BECP both offer valuable training and publications on energy code compliance. Be sure to check back periodically for new training and publications added to the lists.
ICC Training and Resources
- 2009 IECC Update
- 2009 IECC Performing Residential Energy Inspections
- 2009 IECC Fundamentals Residential Provisions for Designers
- 2009 IECC Fundamentals Residential Provisions for Builders
- 2009 IECC Fundamentals
- 2009 IECC Performing Residential Energy Plan Reviews
- 2009 IECC Performing Residential Energy Inspections Highlights
- ASHRAE 90.1-2007 Fundamentals
- 2012 IECC Update
- 2009 IECC Fundamentals Commercial and Residential Provisions for Builders
- 2009 IECC Fundamentals Commercial and Residential Provisions for Designers
- Commercial Energy Inspector (77)
- Commercial Energy Plans Examiner (78)
- Residential Energy Inspector/Plans Examiner (79)
- Commercial Energy Inspector with ASHRAE 90.1 (EA)
- Commercial Energy Plans Examiner with ASHRAE 90.1 (EB)
To learn about all of ICC’s certifications, click here to view or download ICC’s National Certification Exam Information Bulletin.
DOE BECP Training and Resources