Additional Code Information
Regulatory: The Energy Affairs Administration is responsible for updating and changing the building energy codes. It was established by legislation.
No set schedule. The 2011 Puerto Rico Building Code (PRBC) was adopted in February 2011. The previous update effective became December 8, 1999.
In 1979 the Code for Energy Conservation in Puerto Rico was adopted as part of the Building Codes administered by the Permits and Regulations Administration. Legislation has been enacted that assigns the Energy Affairs Administration responsibility for updating the energy code. The energy code applies to all new and remodeled buildings that have to comply with the Permits and Regulations Administration. A certification by the professional who signs the plans is required. No field inspections are made unless requested for special reasons. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico implements the code. All code revisions apply to all the entire island of Puerto Rico. (Source: DSIRE).
In February 2011, the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico adopted the 2011 Puerto Rico Building Code (PRBC), which references nine 2009 International Code Council model codes, including the 2009 IECC. The 2011 PRBC also includes the 2009 International Building, Residential, Fire, Energy Conservation, Plumbing, Private Sewage Disposal, Mechanical, Fuel Gas and Existing Building Codes with local amendments.
As an ICC code user, Puerto Rico will benefit from the ICC code development process, which offers a forum for building professionals to discuss performance and prescriptive code requirements. The Code Council will work with Puerto Rico’s recently created Office of Permit Management (OGPE) and its partners to provide building code programs for design and construction professionals. ICC also will assist the PRBC.
Zone 1, DOE map does not however indicate climate type (zones based on DOE's most recent zoning: zone numbers based on a spectrum, zone 1 represents very hot weather and zone 8 represents subarctic weather. Letters indicate climate type, A-Humid, B-Dry, C-Marine)
2008 New Housing Units Authorized by Permit:
Total units: 9,151
Number of Housing Units by Structure Type:
1 unit: 6,787
2 units: 84
3 and 4 units: 151
5 or more units: 2,129
Total Annual Energy Consumption of 559 trillion Btu (2006)
According to the United States Global Change Research Program, Puerto Rico is extremely vulnerable to sea-level rise, coastal erosion, extreme weather, coral reef bleaching, ocean acidification, and contamination of freshwater resources with saltwater. The island has experienced rising temperatures and sea levels in recent decades and will continue to see increases in air and ocean surface temperatures, heavy downpours and an overall decrease in rainfall. The effects of climate change may endanger Puerto Rico’s coastal communities, infrastructure, natural habitats, and resources.
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State Energy Office
Administracion de Asuntos de Energia
P.O. Box 41314
San Juan, PR, PR 00940
PH: (787) 765-7575
Dr. Javier A. Quintana Mondez
Energy Affairs Administration
PH: (787) 724-8774 ext. 4015
FAX: (787) 721-3089
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