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Code Alert: Denver, Colorado

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 24, 2016 5:32:10 PM

Denver adopts Energy Rating Index compliance option to State Energy Code.

On Monday, March 7, 2016, the Denver City Council adopted a new building energy code, the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).  Included with the adoption is the Energy Rating Index compliance option (R406).


The required Energy Rating Index score in Denver that must be met is 55 or lower.  The Energy Rating Index score required in Denver is contained in Section R406 of the 2015 IECC. The Energy Rating Index 2009 IECC backstop is also included in the Denver code.

In Colorado in 2015 there were 10,150 homes rated according to the RESNET standards and issued a HERS Index Score. The average HERS Index Score of homes rated in the state was 57.

RESNET and the International Code Council (ICC) recently conducted a webinar on the Energy Rating Index Option to the 2015 IECC and the opportunities for certified RESNET HERS Raters to be ICC certified Energy Code Inspectors.  Download the webinar.

Read more about RESNET's move to make the HERS Index a third compliance path to the IECC.

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