Alabama Building Codes and Contacts

The following information is reprinted with permission from the Building Codes Assistance Project:
Alabama Climate Zones
Current Commercial Code

2015 Alabama Commercial Energy Code
Based on ASHRAE 90.1 2013
effective 1/1/2016

Current Residential Code

2009 IECC equivalent
Based on 2009 IRC Chapter 11 amended
passed 3/1/2012; effective 10/1/2012

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Climate Zones: 2A, 3A

Code Adoption and Change Process

Code Change Process

Alabama’s code change process is regulatory and legislative. In 2010, Senate Bill 315 became law and gave the Alabama Energy and Residential Codes (AERC) Board the authority to adopt mandatory residential and commercial energy codes for the entire state, applicable to new construction and substantial renovations. This act also gave the AERC Board authority to adopt residential building codes for any jurisdictions that had not implemented a code prior to March 2010. Individual cities and jurisdictions are allowed to adopt energy codes that exceed statewide standards. Above code programs are permitted upon approval by the Alabama Residential and Energy Codes Board.

Rules promulgated by the Board are published for 35 days in the state administrative journal before a public comment hearing. The rule then goes before a legislative review committee for 35 days.

Revisions to the state building code for state funded buildings are made by the Alabama Building Commission in accordance with procedures of the Alabama Administrative Procedures Act.

Code Change Cycle

No set schedule. SB 315 did not create an automatic update cycle. The AERC Board is required to meet at least once per calendar year.

Next Code Update

The AERC Board has adopted the 2015 Alabama Commercial Energy Code and the 2015 Alabama Residential Energy Code. The commercial code is in effect; the residential code will be effective October 1, 2016 and is based on the 2015 IECC with state-specific amendments.

Alabama Code Contacts

Heather Goggin
Energy Codes Program Manager
Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)

Lauren Westmoreland
Energy Codes Manager
Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA)

This information was compiled by the Building Codes Assistance Project, and used with their permission.