Energy Code Implementation

City Council voted unanimously to adopt modern building codes in Philadelphia and the bill was promptly signed into law by Mayor Kenney. The 2018 International Codes represent an increase in energy efficiency of over 30% as compared to current code.

In a matter of months, Philadelphia transformed from lagging nearly a decade behind its peers to becoming a leader nationwide in modern code adoption. This move is one important step toward the city meeting its goal to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2050.

This change in Philadelphia applies to commercial and multifamily buildings; most residential buildings are still governed by the state’s Uniform Construction Code, which adopted the 2015 Codes with just a few amendments.

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As a leader, Philadelphia will need resources to ensure smooth compliance and enforcement. Beginning this fall, Green Building United and its partners will offer trainings and networking opportunities to support energy code changes. Training for and communication between the architecture, engineering, and construction industry and the code enforcement community is essential for the full energy and energy cost savings potential to be realized.

Code Compliance Assessment 

Green Building United is seeking a consultant to execute the City Energy Project Assessment Methodology for Energy Code Compliance in Medium to Large Cities.

The 4-phase, 6-month assessment of energy code compliance among commercial buildings in the City of Philadelphia will result in an improvement plan with action items to increase the rate of compliance. The consultant will work directly with Green Building United as the project manager and in partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections.

Responses to this request must be received no later than COB on Friday, July 27.

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