Energy Code Requirements and Links
Effective July 20, 2011, plans and specifications for every commercial building built or remodeled in the State of Louisiana must be drawn in accordance with the requirements of the revised Commercial Building Energy Conservation Code. See "F.A.Q." below for a list of exemptions. Code compliance materials obtained from the Department of Energy are used to document compliance for applicable projects and can be obtained from the Department of Energy website references below.
COMcheck with code selection "90.1 (2007) Standard" applies to COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS in all categories except low-rise residential buildings. A Compliance Certificate for each component must be submitted (envelope, interior and exterior lighting, and mechanical).
REScheck with code selection "2009 IECC" applies only to LOW-RISE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS. The Compliance Certificate addressing each provision of REScheck must be submitted.
COMcheck™ & REScheck™
The COMcheck™ software is available here: Commercial Compliance Using COMcheck™. The "90.1 (2007) Standard" code selection applies to commercial buildings in all categories except low-rise residential buildings. A Compliance Certificate for each component (envelope, interior and exterior lighting, and mechanical) must be submitted with applicable projects.
The REScheck™ software is available here: Residential Compliance Using REScheck™. The "2009 IECC" code selection applies only to low-rise residential buildings. The Compliance Certificate addressing each provision of REScheck must be submitted with applicable projects.
For additional information or answers to specific questions regarding the Energy Code, visit the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources web page at: Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
USEFUL LINKS & FILES
Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Building Energy Codes Program
Commercial Building Energy Conservation Code Rules - July, 2011
Rules: LAC 55:V.Chapter 26
What projects are required to comply with the Energy Code?
Compliance documentation is required for Architectural Reviews submitted to this office unless exempt by one of the following:
- New buildings and additions having less than 1,000 square feet in gross floor area are exempt.
- Alterations and repairs to buildings not costing in excess of fifty percent of the then physical value of the building are exempt. Note that where an entire floor of a facility is substantially renovated, or where elements within a facility are altered, compliance documentation is required.
- Areas of buildings intended primarily for manufacturing, commercial, or industrial processing are exempt, (typically industrial occupancies).
- Buildings or portions of buildings that are excluded by the scope of ANSI/ASHRAEIESNA 90.1-2007 are exempt.
- Compliance documents for State Owned buildings are not required to be submitted to the Office of the State Fire Marshal for review. Contact the Division of Administration, Office of Facility Planning & Control for requirements.
What is required for a complete valid submittal for Energy Code review?
For commercial buildings except low-rise residential buildings, the latest edition of COMcheck available from the U.S. Department of Energy, indicating that 90.1 (2007 Standard) has been selected, is used to demonstrate compliance. Compliance must be demonstrated for each component; envelope, lighting (interior and exterior), and mechanical (including water heating). For low-rise residential buildings, the latest edition of REScheck indicating compliance with IECC-2009 is used to demonstrate compliance.
Are buildings submitted for review as "shell only" required to comply?
All new construction must comply. "Shell only" submittals should be submitted with compliance documentation for each component of the energy code that is intended for construction with the shell. Subsequent submittals of tenant space buildouts should contain the remaining components not provided with the initial submittal.
Are there any exceptions for historical buildings?
The State Fire Marshal may modify the specific requirements of the Commercial Building Energy Conservation Code for historic buildings and require alternate requirements which will result in a reasonable degree of energy efficiency. Submittals must demonstrate a good faith attempt to comply with the energy code and must contain specific documentation addressing areas of the design that do not meet the code requirements.
Which building types are considered residential buildings?
All buildings designed for human occupancy except for one and two family dwellings are considered "commercial buildings". Residential buildings are those buildings that are used primarily for living and sleeping. Residential building types include, but are not limited to, hotels, dormitories, apartments, and residential board and care buildings. Buildings such as hospitals and prisons are considered mixed use. For mixed use building types, designers may either demonstrate compliance with COMcheck-EZ for the entire building, or submit REScheck documents for the residential spaces within these buildings and COMcheck-EZ documents for the remainder of the building.
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