Arkansas Building Codes and Contacts

The following information is reprinted with permission from the Building Codes Assistance Project:Arkansas Climate Zones
Current Commercial Code

Arkansas Energy Code for New Building Construction with 2014 Arkansas Supplements and Amendments, based on the 2009 IECC; ASHRAE 90.1-2007 is allowed as an alternative compliance pathway
passed 1/1/2014; effective 1/1/2015

Current Residential Code

Arkansas Energy Code for New Building Construction with 2014 Arkansas Supplements and Amendments, based on the 2009 IECC
passed 1/1/2014; effective 1/1/2015

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Climate Zones: 3A, 4A

Code Adoption and Change Process

Code Change Process

After the approval of Act 802 in 2011, the Arkansas Energy Office (AEO) has been granted authority to promulgate rules to update the Arkansas Energy Code. Rules must be approved by Administrative Rules and Regulations Subcommittee of the Arkansas General Assembly.

Before 2011, when a proposed code change was initiated by the AEO, it was first reviewed by the affected parties. They evaluated the proposed changes and worked with the AEO to refine them to satisfy all parties, if possible. All changes were then submitted for public hearing. After approval at the public hearing, the proposed change was acted upon by the AEO and by two legislative committees before it would be included in the next edition of the code.

Code Change Cycle

No set schedule.

Next Code Update

Arkansas Code Contacts

Tim Scott
Outreach and Training Manager
Arkansas Energy Office
Email: tscott@arkansasedc.com

Lauren Westmoreland
Energy Codes Manager
Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA)
Email: lwestmoreland@seealliance.org

This information was compiled by the Building Codes Assistance Project, and used with their permission.