PHRC Webinars

Residential Energy Code Update

8/28/2018 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Instructor: Sarah Klinetob Lowe and Brian Wolfgang (PHRC)


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This session will provide an overview of the changes to the energy-related provisions in the UCC that will become enforceable on October 1, 2018 as well as the overall impact on home performance and energy efficiency. On May 1, 2018, the PA Uniform Construction Code (PA UCC) Review and Advisory Council (RAC) submitted their report to the Department of Labor and Industry adopting the majority of code provisions contained in the 2015 International Code Council (ICC) Model Codes. Specifically related to energy, there are significant differences between the current 2009 base energy code and the 2015 IRC Chapter 11 and the residential portion of the 2015 IECC.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the major energy-related residential changes in the 2015 I-Codes and their potential impact on home design, construction, and performance.
  2. Analyze the energy code compliance paths available in the PA Uniform Construction Code and the impact that these paths have on the construction process.
  3. Evaluate the impact on project budgets and logistics of 2015 airtightness requirements, including mandatory blower door testing.
  4. Assess the challenges in adapting to new energy code provisions and identify resources and tips for achieving compliance.


Free to attend; $20 for continuing education credit in live webinar

Credit Hours

Live Webinar: 1.0 L&I Contact Hour, 1.0 PDH, 1.0 AIA LU|HSW, 1.0 ICC Contact Hour (0.1 CEU), 1.0 NARI hour/CEU

Tags: Energy Efficiency, Energy Codes, and Green Building



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