The Arkansas Economic Development Commission Energy Office is
in the process of adopting rules for administering Act 7 of 1981. The purpose
for this rule is to update the residential energy standard from the
International Energy Conservation Code 2003 to International Energy Conservation
The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is soliciting
comments on the proposed rules filed with the Secretary of State on September
16, 2013. A public hearing for the proposed rule will be held at 9:30 a.m. on
September 16, 2013 in the Bessie Moore room in the Arkansas State Library, Room
2103, 2nd Floor, 900 West Capitol, Little Rock, Arkansas. Copies of the
proposed rule may be found here may be obtained
by calling (501) 682-7678. Written comments may be submitted from September
4 through October 4, 2013 by mailing them to the Arkansas Economic Development
Commission, J.D. Lowery, 900 West Capitol, Suite 400, Little Rock, Arkansas,
72201 or by faxing them to (501) 682-7499. Comments will also be accepted via
email at jlowery@ArkansasEDC.com.
The most recent update to the residential code went into effect on October 1, 2004 and includes the 2003 International Energy Conservation Code (2003 IECC).
Simplified Residential Code Compliance Tools make it easy to understand and comply with Arkansas’s residential energy code. To download a "code card" for your climate zone go to: Residential Compliance Tools or contact the Arkansas Energy Office at 1-800-558-2633.
REScheckTM for Arkansas is a”deem to comply" residential compliance software developed for Arkansas.
The most recent update to the commercial code was adopted in November of 2011. Accordingly, ASHRAE 90.1.2001 will continue to be in effect for commercial buildings until December 31, 2012. On and after January 1, 2013, ASHRAE 90.1-2007 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings or Chapter 5 of the 2009 IECC will be in effect.
COMcheck is a “deem to comply” software tool to determine compliance with ASHRAE 90.1-2001 or 2007. To download go to: www.energycodes.gov/comcheck/download.stm.
Cities or counties that issue building permits for new building construction are required to record that the builder has certified that the propoosed building will comply with the Arkansas Energy Code.
Any city or county which issues building permits for new building construction must adopt the Arkansas Energy Code by December 31, 2012. An example of a model ordinance is below.
Upon adoption of the Arkansas Energy Code, applicable cities or counties are required to submit a copy of the adoption ordinance to the Arkansas Energy Office. If a city or county has not adopted the Arkansas Energy code by December 31, 2012, the mayor and/or county judge is required to submit a letter to the Arkansas Energy Office, no later than 60 days after this deadline, describing why the city or county is not in compliance with Arkansas Code §15-10-205(b)(3)(B).
Sample Ordinance for Local Code Adoption
To download a "code card" for your climate zone go to: Residential Compliance Tools or contact the Arkansas Energy Office at 1-800-558-2633.
A "deem to comply" residential compliance software developed for Arkansas
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