Kentucky Building Codes and Contacts

The following information is reprinted with permission from the Building Codes Assistance Project:Kentucky climate zones
Current Commercial Code

2013 Kentucky Building Code, based on the 2012 IECC; ASHRAE 90.1-2010 is still an acceptable compliance path as allowed by section C401.2 in the 2012 IECC
passed 2/1/2014; effective 10/1/2014

Current Residential Code

2013 Kentucky Residential Code (KRC), based on the 2012 IRC with state-specific amendments; equivalent to the 2009 IECC
passed 2/1/2014; effective 10/1/2014

Code Enforcement in Kentucky:
The Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction conducts plan review, inspects and enforces the energy code (and conducts HVAC inspections/certifications) for all commercial and multi-family residential dwellings. Compliance for detached single family dwellings, two-family dwellings and townhouses under the purview of the residential code is left to the discretion of local jurisdictions.

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Climate Zone: 4A

Code Adoption and Change Process

Code Change Process

Changes to building codes by the state of Kentucky are submitted to the Board of Housing for review by the Office of Housing, Buildings, and Construction Division of Building Codes Enforcement. The changes are approved in this forum and are forwarded to the Legislative Research Committee for public comment and further review. During the three-year cycle, proposed changes to the KBC may be submitted for consideration and voted upon by the board. The Division of Building Codes and Enforcement is responsible for complying with code changes and amendments. Once changes and amendments are adopted and entered as part of the state requirements, they become state law by state statute.

Code Change Cycle

Generally a three-year code review/update cycle.

Next Code Update


Kentucky Code Contacts

Winne Blythe
Technical Advisor/Plan Reviewer
Division of Building Codes Enforcement

Lee Colten
Assistant Director, Efficiency and Conservation
Department for Energy Development and Independence

Isaac Elnecave
Senior Policy Manager
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)

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.