In a matter of months, Philadelphia transformed from lagging nearly a decade behind its peers to becoming a nationwide leader in modern code adoption. This move is one important step toward the city meeting its goal to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050.
This change in Philadelphia applies to commercial and multifamily buildings, as most residential buildings are still governed by the state’s Uniform Construction Code, which adopted the 2015 Codes with just a few amendments.
As a leader, Philadelphia will need resources to ensure smooth compliance and enforcement. Green Building United and its partners are offering ongoing trainings and networking opportunities to support commercial energy code changes including our webinar library. Training for and communication between the architecture, engineering, and construction industries and the code enforcement community is essential for the City's full energy and energy cost savings potential to be realized.
Based on updated energy code requirements, the City of Philadelphia's Department of Licenses & Inspections has issued new documents to help inform permit holders (including contractors and design professionals) of the new processes and documentation standards. These documents also highlight the new certifications required by professionals retained to conduct the necessary system testing and commissioning.
To get started, refer to either the Commercial Energy Code Compliance Fact Sheet or the Residential Energy Compliance Fact Sheet to determine the specific requirements and the necessary supplemental documents. Also available for reference is the What Code Do I Use? fact sheet as well as the Energy Code Compliance Paths Flowchart.