Vermont Building Codes and Contacts

The following information is reprinted with permission from the Building Codes Assistance Project:
Vermont climate zones
Current Commercial Code

Commercial Building Energy Standards (CBES)
Based on the 2015 IECC , includes alternative compliance path of ASHRAE 90.1 2013 with some Vermont specific requirements
Effective 3/1/2015

Current Residential Code

Residential Building Energy Standards (RBES)
Based on the 2015 IECC
Effective 3/1/2015

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Climate Zone: 6A

Code Adoption and Change Process

Code Change Process

Legislative and Regulatory: RBES Revisions go through a process specified in the State Administrative Procedures Act (3 V.S.A. Chapter 25), including public notification, public hearing, testimony, and comments. The Vermont Department of Public Service must provide technical assistance and expert advice to the Commissioner of Labor and Industry on the interpretation of the RBES and in formulating specific revisions to the RBES. At least one year prior to adopting required revisions to the RBES, the Department of Public Service must convene an advisory committee to provide recommendations to the commissioner.

Every three years, the Department of Public Service shall promulgate rules update the residential and commercial codes to incorporate the most recent versions of the IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1. The rules must then be approved by Vermont Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) with an effective date within three months of final adoption.

Code Change Cycle

As directed by Vermont Act 45 of 2009, the Department of Public Service shall update the residential and commercial codes to incorporate the most recent versions of the IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1, with an effective date within three months of final adoption.

Next Code Update

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Vermont Code Contacts

Kelly Launder
Assistant Director
Department of Public Service (DPS)
Email: kelly.launder@state.vt.us

Kate Fournier
Environmental Officer
Grants Management
Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Email:
kate.fournier@vermont.gov

Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite
Senior Program Manager
High Performance Buildings
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Email: cgoldthwaite@neep.org

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