Alabama Energy and Residential Codes Board
In March 2010, Act 2010-185 was signed giving the Alabama Energy and Residential Codes (AERC) Board the authority to adopt mandatory residential and commercial energy codes for the entire state. It also gave the board the authority to adopt mandatory residential building codes for jurisdictions that had not implemented such a code prior to March 2010 (§41-23-80 through 85, Code of Alabama 1975).
Alabama Residential Energy Code Compliance Calculator and Certificate (Version 2.08, Updated 8/6/19)
As stated in Section R101.5.1, Compliance Materials, of the Alabama Residential Energy Code (§305-2-4-.10, Code of Alabama 1975), the Alabama Energy and Residential Codes Board has the authority to approve compliance materials that meet the intent of the code. Because the Department of Energy’s ResCheck calculator is not compatible with the amendments made by Alabama, the ADECA Energy Division published a Request for Proposal (RFP) to award a grant for the development of a compliance calculator tool. The grant was awarded to Southface Energy Institute. The new compliance calculator tool is now available for download below. Compliance verified using this tool is an acceptable replacement for ResCheck.
Residential Energy and Building Codes
Effective October 1, 2016, the Alabama Energy and Residential Codes Board has adopted the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code, with amendments, as the Alabama Residential Energy Code, and the 2015 International Residential Code, with amendments, as the Alabama Residential Building Code.
Alabama Energy and Residential Code (Updated 09/2017)
Commercial Energy Code
As of January 1, 2016, the Alabama Commercial Energy Code is either the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code or ASHRAE 90.1-2013.
The 2015 Alabama Energy and Residential Codes Adoption Package is intended to provide a resource to assist local governments in adopting and implementing local codes consistent with those adopted at the state level by the Alabama Energy and Residential Codes Board, and to reduce the administrative burden associated with complying with Alabama State Law (§41-23-80 through 85, Code of Alabama 1975).