Rhode Island Building Codes and Contacts

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

SBC-8 State Energy Conservation Code
Based on the 2012 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2010
Effective July 1, 2013

Rhode Island has a factsheet on the commercial provisions of the 2012 IECC.

The state is also developing a commercial stretch code.

Current Residential Code

Rhode Island One- and Two-Family Dwelling Code
Based on the 2012 IECC with state-specific amendments
Passed 7/1/2013, effective 10/1/2013

Amendments include the continuation of the 2009 insulation table for building envelopes, and the stipulation that every new residential building must undergo performance testing, but does not need to achieve specific performance target levels in order to receive a certificate of occupancy. Detached one-and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (town houses) not more than three stories above grade plane in height with a separate means of egress and their accessory structures shall comply with the 2013 Rhode Island State Building Code.

Rhode Island has a factsheet on the residential provisions of the 2012 IECC.

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Climate Zone: 5A

Code Adoption and Change Process

Code Change Process

Regulatory: The State Building Codes Standards Committee (SBCSC) is responsible for adopting and amending the state building code, including the energy code.

Code Change Cycle

Three-year code review/change cycle concurrent with publication of new editions of model codes

Next Code Update


Rhode Island Code Contacts

Thomas G. DiFusco
State Building Code Inspector
Building Code Commission
Email: Thomas.DiFusco@doa.ri.gov

Barbara Cesaro
Interdepartmental Project Manager
Office of Energy Resources
Email: Barbara.Cesaro@energy.ri.gov

Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite
Senior Program Manager
High Performance Buildings
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Email: cgoldthwaite@neep.org

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