Additional Code Information
Regulatory: The State Building Codes Standards Committee (SBCSC) is responsible for adopting and amending the state building code, including the energy code.
Three-year code review/change cycle concurrent with publication of new editions of model codes. Most recent update adopted: July 1, 2010.
After the May 2009 passage of HB 5986 directing the Rhode Island State Building Commission to update the 2010 Rhode Island State Energy Conservation Code (previously based on the 2006 IECC), the new non-residential code the 2010 Rhode Island One and Two Family Dwelling Code became effective July 1, 2010. It is based on the 2009 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2007 with Rhode Island amendments.
Detached one-and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (town houses) not more than three stories above grade plane in height with a separate means of egress and their accessory structures shall comply with the 2010 Rhode Island One and Two Family Dwelling Code. Chapter 11 allows builders to demonstrate compliance through the 2010 Rhode Island State Energy Conservation Code.
Existing buildings undergoing repair, alterations or additions and changes of occupancy shall comply with the provisions of this code or the State Rehabilitation Code SRC-1-2010.
4A 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.
1,053,209 (2009, U.S. Census Bureau)
New Housing Units Authorized by Permit:
Total units: 1,058
Number of Housing Units by Structure Type:
1 unit: 874
2 units: 66
3 and 4 units: 36
5 or more units: 82
(2008, Real Estate Center)
Single family dwellings: 874 units (-37% less than previous year), and with an avarage value of $233,800 per unit.
(2008, Real Estate Center)
11.1 MMTCO2 (2007)
Petroleum: 34.9% (2007, EIA)
Total Annual Energy Consumption of 217.6 trillion btu (2007, EIA)
3,566.7 Million Nominal Dollars (2007, EIA)
46% of the electricity supply in Rhode Island is consumed to heat residential homes.
Residential use of natural gas costs $16.82/thousand cubic ft.
Natural gas fuels almost all of Rhode Island’s electricity generation.
According to the United States Global Change Research Program, extreme heat and declining air quality are likely to pose increasing problems for human health, especially in urban areas. In addition, agricultural production, including dairy, fruit, and maple syrup, are likely to be adversely affected while significant sea-level rise and storm surge will effect coastal cities and ecosystems around the nation. In the northeast, the annual average temperature has increased by 2°F since 1970, with winter temperatures rising twice this much. The effects of climate change could significantly alter the region’s economy, landscape, character, and quality of life.
In response to growing climate change concerns, the Governor’s Office, the Department of Environmental Management, and the State Energy Office met in 2001 to begin the Rhode Island Greenhouse Gas Stakeholder Project. The Rhode Island Climate Action Plan was completed in July 2002. The GHG Stakeholders are currently analyzing and researching strategies to implement the recommended actions included in the Plan. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Rhode Island Greenhouse Gas Stakeholders the 2005 Climate Protection Award. In addition, Rhode Island is a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) which is a "cooperative effort by ten Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to limit greenhouse gas emissions. RGGI is the first mandatory, market-based CO2 emissions reduction program in the United States."
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