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International Energy Conservation Code 2018 (IECC 2018)

IECC — Commercial Provisions

IECC — Residential Provisions

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Part 1 Scope and Application

Section C101 Scope and General Requirements

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C101.1 Title

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C101.2 Scope

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C101.3 Intent

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C101.4 Applicability

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C101.4.1 Mixed Residential and Commercial Buildings

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C101.5 Compliance

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C101.5.1 Compliance Materials

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Section C101 Scope and General Requirements

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C101.1 Title

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These provisions shall be known as the Philadelphia Amendments to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and will be referred to herein as the "Philadelphia Energy Conservation Code" or "this code".

C101.2 Scope

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The IECC Commercial Provisions of this code apply to commercial buildings and their sites, associated systems and equipment.

C101.3 Intent

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This code shall regulate the design and construction of buildings for the effective use and conservation of energy over the useful life of each building. This code is intended to provide flexibility to permit the use of innovative approaches and techniques to achieve this objective. This code is not intended to abridge safety, health or environmental requirements contained in other applicable codes or ordinances.

C101.4 Applicability

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Where, in any specific case, different sections of this code specify different materials, methods of construction or other requirements, the most restrictive shall govern. Where there is a conflict between a general requirement and a specific requirement, the specific requirement shall govern.

C101.4.1 Mixed Occupancy

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Where a building includes both residential and commercial occupancies, each occupancy shall be separately considered and meet the applicable provisions of IECC — Commercial Provisions or IECC — Residential Provisions.

C101.5 Compliance

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Commercial buildings shall meet the provisions of the IECC — Commercial provisions. Residential buildings shall meet the provisions of IECC — Residential Provisions.

Exception: Detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories high with separate means of egress and their accessory structures shall comply with the Philadelphia Residential Code (Subcode R).

C101.5.1 Compliance Materials

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The code official shall be permitted to approve specific computer software, worksheets, compliance manuals and other similar materials that meet the intent of this code.

C101.6 Administrative Provisions

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This Chapter contains those provisions that are unique to the administration of this code. All other administrative provisions applicable to this code are set forth in the Administrative Code.

C101.7 Appendices

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No appendices are adopted as a part of this code.
The provisions of this code are not intended to prevent the installation of any material or to prohibit any design or method of construction not specifically prescribed by this code, provided that any such alternative has been approved. An alternative material, design or method of construction shall be approved where the code official finds that the proposed design is satisfactory and complies with the intent of the provisions of this code, and that the material, method or work offered is, for the purpose intended, not less than the equivalent of that prescribed in this code in quality, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability and safety. Where the alternative material, design or method of construction is not approved, the code official shall respond in writing, stating the reasons why the alternative was not approved.
The code official or other authority having jurisdiction shall be permitted to deem a national, state or local energy efficiency program to exceed the energy efficiency required by this code. Buildings approved in writing by such an energy efficiency program shall be considered to be in compliance with this code. The requirements identified as "mandatory" in Chapter 4 shall be met.

Part 2 Administration and Enforcement

Construction documents and other supporting data shall be submitted in one or more sets with each application for a permit. The construction documents shall be prepared by a registered design professional where required by the statutes of the jurisdiction in which the project is to be constructed. Where special conditions exist, the code official is authorized to require necessary construction documents to be prepared by a registered design professional.

Exception: The code official is authorized to waive the requirements for construction documents or other supporting data if the code official determines they are not necessary to confirm compliance with this code.

Construction documents shall be drawn to scale on suitable material. Electronic media documents are permitted to be submitted where approved by the code official. Construction documents shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed, and show in sufficient detail pertinent data and features of the building, systems and equipment as herein governed. Details shall include, but are not limited to, the following as applicable:

  1. Insulation materials and their R-values.
  2. Fenestration U-factors and solar heat gain coefficients (SHGCs).
  3. Area-weighted U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) calculations.
  4. Mechanical system design criteria.
  5. Mechanical and service water heating systems and equipment types, sizes and efficiencies.
  6. Economizer description.
  7. Equipment and system controls.
  8. Fan motor horsepower (hp) and controls.
  9. Duct sealing, duct and pipe insulation and location.
  10. Lighting fixture schedule with wattage and control narrative.
  11. Location of daylight zones on floor plans.
  12. Air sealing details.
The building thermal envelope shall be represented on the construction drawings.

C103.3 Examination of Documents

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C103.3.1 Approval of Construction Documents

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C103.3.2 Previous Approvals

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C103.3.3 Phased Approval

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C103.4 Amended Construction Documents

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C103.5 Retention of Construction Documents

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The construction documents shall specify that the documents described in this section be provided to the building owner or owner's authorized agent within 90 days of the date of receipt of the certificate of occupancy.
Construction documents shall be updated to convey a record of the completed work. Such updates shall include mechanical, electrical and control drawings that indicate all changes to size, type and location of components, equipment and assemblies.

Energy code compliance documentation and supporting calculations shall be delivered in one document to the building owner as part of the project record documents or manuals, or as a standalone document. This document shall include the specific energy code edition utilized for compliance determination for each system, documentation demonstrating compliance with Section C303.1.3 for each fenestration product installed, and the interior lighting power compliance path, building area or space-by-space, used to calculate the lighting power allowance.

For projects complying with Item 2 of Section C401.2, the documentation shall include:

  1. The envelope insulation compliance path.
  2. All compliance calculations including those required by Sections C402.1.5, C403.8.1, C405.3 and C405.4.

For projects complying with Section C407, the documentation shall include that required by Sections C407.4.1 and C407.4.2.

Training shall be provided to those responsible for maintaining and operating equipment included in the manuals required by Section C103.6.2.

The training shall include:

  1. Review of manuals and permanent certificate.
  2. Hands-on demonstration of all normal maintenance procedures, normal operating modes, and all emergency shutdown and startup procedures.
  3. Training completion report.
A permit shall not be issued until the fees prescribed in Section C104.2 have been paid, nor shall an amendment to a permit be released until the additional fee, if any, has been paid.
A fee for each permit shall be paid as required, in accordance with the schedule as established by the applicable governing authority.
Any person who commences any work before obtaining the necessary permits shall be subject to an additional fee established by the code official that shall be in addition to the required permit fees.
The payment of the fee for the construction, alteration, removal or demolition of work done in connection to or concurrently with the work or activity authorized by a permit shall not relieve the applicant or holder of the permit from the payment of other fees that are prescribed by law.
The code official is authorized to establish a refund policy.
Construction or work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the code official, his or her designated agent or an approved agency, and such construction or work shall remain visible and able to be accessed for inspection purposes until approved. Approval as a result of an inspection shall not be construed to be an approval of a violation of the provisions of this code or of other ordinances of the jurisdiction. Inspections presuming to give authority to violate or cancel the provisions of this code or of other ordinances of the jurisdiction shall not be valid. It shall be the duty of the permit applicant to cause the work to remain visible and able to be accessed for inspection purposes. Neither the code official nor the jurisdiction shall be liable for expense entailed in the removal or replacement of any material, product, system or building component required to allow inspection to validate compliance with this code.
The code official, his or her designated agent or an approved agency, upon notification, shall make the inspections set forth in Sections C105.2.1 through C105.2.6.
Inspections shall verify the footing and foundation insulation R-value, location, thickness, depth of burial and protection of insulation as required by the code, approved plans and specifications.
Inspections shall verify the correct type of insulation, R-values, location of insulation, fenestration, U-factor, SHGC and VT, and that air leakage controls are properly installed, as required by the code, approved plans and specifications.
Inspections shall verify the type of insulation, R-values, protection required, controls and heat traps as required by the code, approved plans and specifications.
Inspections shall verify the installed HVAC equipment for the correct type and size, controls, insulation, R-values, system and damper air leakage, minimum fan efficiency, energy recovery and economizer as required by the code, approved plans and specifications.
Inspections shall verify lighting system controls, components, and meters as required by the code, approved plans and specifications.
The final inspection shall include verification of the installation and proper operation of all required building controls, and documentation verifying activities associated with required building commissioning have been conducted in accordance with Section C408.
A building shall be reinspected where determined necessary by the code official.
The code official is authorized to accept reports of third-party inspection agencies not affiliated with the building design or construction, provided that such agencies are approved as to qualifications and reliability relevant to the building components and systems that they are inspecting.
It shall be the duty of the holder of the permit or their duly authorized agent to notify the code official when work is ready for inspection. It shall be the duty of the permit holder to provide access to and means for inspections of such work that are required by this code.
Where any work or installation does not pass an initial test or inspection, the necessary corrections shall be made to achieve compliance with this code. The work or installation shall then be resubmitted to the code official for inspection and testing.
After the prescribed tests and inspections indicate that the work complies in all respects with this code, a notice of approval shall be issued by the code official.
The code official is authorized to suspend or revoke, in writing, a notice of approval issued under the provisions of this code wherever the certificate is issued in error, or on the basis of incorrect information supplied, or where it is determined that the building or structure, premise, or portion thereof is in violation of any ordinance or regulation or any of the provisions of this code.
If a portion of this code is held to be illegal or void, such a decision shall not affect the validity of the remainder of this code.

Section C107 Referenced Standards

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C107.1 Referenced Codes and Standards

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C107.1.1 Conflicts

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C107.1.2 Provisions in Referenced Codes and Standards

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C107.2 Application of References

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C107.3 Other Laws

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Section C108 Stop Work Order

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C108.1 Authority

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C108.2 Issuance

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C108.3 Emergencies

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C108.4 Failure to Comply

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Section C109 Board of Appeals

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C109.1 General

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C109.2 Limitations on Authority

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C109.3 Qualifications

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