PHRC Webinars

2021 PA Alternative Residential Energy Provisions Update

12/14/2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Instructor: Sarah Klinetob Lowe (High-Performance Housing Specialist, PHRC)


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The Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (UCC) Review and Advisory Council (RAC) completed the review of the 2018 I-Codes on April 29, 2021. The code provisions that were adopted during this process will take effect in the first quarter of 2022. These changes trigger an update of the PA Alternative Residential Energy Provisions (PA Alt). The Pennsylvania Alternative Residential Energy Provisions were developed with the intent of being: simpler to build and easier to enforce; more rational and flexible; focused on Pennsylvania in terms of climatic and other conditions; and, equivalent to the provisions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) in terms of energy efficiency. This session will dig into the updated version of this standard.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the overall intent of the PA Alternative Residential Energy Provisions as an energy code compliance path, including flexibility and simplicity.
  2. Evaluate the available energy enhancement options that can be used as entrance requirements for this compliance path, including upgrades to building enclosure elements, higher efficiency equipment, and renewable energy generation.
  3. Identify available trade-offs that are provided due to the inclusion of an energy enhancement option, such as alternative building enclosure parameters, and their effect on building performance.
  4. Identify the impact of electing to use this compliance path on the permit and inspection process.


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

Credit Hours

Live Webinar: 1.0 PA L&I Contact Hour, 1.0 PA 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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