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District of Columbia

Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Building Energy Code for the District of Columbia   

Last DSIRE Review: 01/24/2013
Program Overview:
State: District of Columbia
Incentive Type: Building Energy Code
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential
Residential Code:Builders may use either the 2008 D.C. Construction Codes (based on the "30% Solution", which is more stringent than the 2009 IECC) or the previous code adopted in 2003 (which is based on the 2000 IECC). Builders must use the 2008 D.C. codes beginning December 26, 2009.
Commercial Code:Builders may use either the 2008 D.C. Construction Codes (based on ASHRAE 90.1-2007) or the previous code adopted in 2003 (which is based on the 2000 IECC). Builders must use the 2008 D.C. codes beginning December 26, 2009.
Code Change Cycle:Codes are usually reviewed every three years with the publication of the new editions of the model code. The D.C. Green Building Act of 2006 requires that updated building codes be submitted to the City Council by January 1, 2010 and again every three years thereafter.
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Summary:

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 DC Energy Conservation Code is updated regularly as national codes are revised or if a change is proposed by local code enforcement officials, industry, design professionals, or other interested parties. Proposals are initiated by the District of Columbia Building Code Advisory Committee. On December 5, 2006, the  DC City Council unanimously passed the DC Green Building Act. The 2008 D.C. Construction Codes adopted on December 3, 2008 as a result of this legislation were developed from ASHRAE 90.1-2007 for commercial buildings. The residential portion of the new code is based on the "30% Solution", designed to be roughly 30% more stringent than the standards in place for Virginia and Maryland. The new codes are immediately effective, but contain a one-year transition period during which building permit applications may use either the new code or the previous code. It is expected that starting in 2012, the code will require all commercial developments of 50,000 square feet or more to qualify for LEED certification.

Most recently, the District of Columbia’s Construction Codes Coordinating Board (CCCB) voted to adopt the 2012 IECC on December 16, 2011. Due to administrative review and legislative processes required to officially enact the code update, implementation is expected in late 2013.

Enforcement of the building code (all plan reviews, interpretations, and appeals) is the responsibility of the Building and Land Regulation Administration, which is a part of the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

In addition to DC's building codes, DC passed the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 (B17-492) that establishes energy benchmarking requirements for government and private buildings. Starting in the fall of 2009, government buildings must be benchmarked using the Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool. Annual benchmarking for private buildings will be phased in over four years, starting on January 1, 2010. The results will made available to the public on the Internet through the District of Columbia Department of the Environment (DDOE) website.

To learn more about the District of Columbia's building energy codes, visit the District Construction Codes Coordinating Board (CCB) web site.



 
Contact:
  Sharon Cooke
District Department of the Environment
Energy Division
2000 14th Street, NW, 300 East
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 673-6700
Fax: (202) 673-6725
Web Site: http://green.dc.gov/
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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