Alaska Building Codes and Contacts

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Current Commercial Code

2012 Alaska Building Energy Efficiency Standard (BEES)
Based on the 2012 IECC
Passed 7/1/2013; effective 4/3/2013

For buildings in the transportation, public facilities, and education departments, Alaska has adopted ASHRAE 90.1-2010 without modification for commercial buildings. All other commercial buildings are not covered by a mandatory code. However, it is not a statewide code. Local jurisdictions may adopt more stringent codes, as there is no “true” statewide energy code in Alaska.

Current Residential Code

2013 Alaska Building Energy Efficiency Standard (BEES)
Based on the 2012 IECC, ASHRAE 62.2 2010, and state-specific amendments to both. A minimum energy rating of 5 Star is required.
Passed 4/3/2013; effective 7/1/2013

BEES was established to promote the construction of energy efficient buildings. It sets building energy use standards for thermal resistance, air leakage, moisture protection and ventilation. However, it is not a statewide code. All new residential homes and community-owned buildings which began construction on or after January 1, 1992 must comply with BEES if the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation or other state financial assistance is to be used in construction or the purchase of a loan.

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Climate Zones: 7, 8

Code Adoption and Change Process

Code Change Process

Legislative (commercial) and regulatory (residential): Proposed changes to the standards for residential buildings can be submitted to the AHFC, which reviews and acts on the proposals. Public hearings are required before changes are adopted. It would be necessary to go through the state legislature in order to promulgate a statewide commercial energy code. No singular codes development body exists in Alaska. Currently, at least three regulatory agencies have rulemaking authority to update constructions codes:

  • Department of Labor: Mechanical, plumbing, electric
  • State Fire Marshal: Commercial construction codes, including the IBC
  • Alaska Housing Finance Corporation: Residential energy code for homes that receive state mortgage financing
Code Change Cycle

No set schedule

Next Code Update


Alaska Code Contacts

Scott Waterman
Energy Specialist II
State Energy Program Manager
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation

Christopher S. Hodgin
Engineer/Architect III
Statewide Public Facilities
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

Kelly Howell
Director, Division of Administrative Services
Department of Public Safety

Al Nagel
Program Manager
Labor Standards and Safety Division
Department of Labor and Workforce Development

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