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International Energy Conservation Code 2015 (IECC 2015)

Chapter 1 [CE] Scope and Administration

Part 1 ‒ Scope and Application
Part 2 ‒ Administration and Enforcement

Chapter 2 [CE] Definitions

Chapter 3 [CE] General Requirements

Chapter 4 [CE] Commercial Energy Efficiency

Chapter 5 [CE] Existing Buildings

Chapter 6 [CE] Referenced Standards

Chapter 1 [RE] Scope and Administration

Chapter 2 [RE] Definitions

Chapter 3 [RE] General Requirements

Chapter 4 [RE] Residential Energy Efficiency

Chapter 5 [RE] Existing Buildings

Chapter 6 [RE] Referenced Standards

Part 1 ‒ Scope and Application

C101.1 Title

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This code shall be known as the International Energy Conservation Code of [NAME OF JURISDICTION] Washington State Energy Code, and shall be cited as such. It is referred to herein as "this code."

C101.2 Scope

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This code applies to commercial buildings and the buildings' sites and associated systems and equipment. References in this code to Group R shall include Group I-1, Condition 2 assisted living facilities licensed by Washington state under chapter 388-78A WAC and Group I-1, Condition 2 residential treatment facilities licensed by Washington state under chapter 246-337 WAC.

Exception: The provisions of this code do not apply to temporary growing structures used solely for the commercial production of horticultural plants including ornamental plants, flowers, vegetables, and fruits. A temporary growing structure is not considered a building for the purposes of this code. However, the installation of other than listed, portable mechanical equipment or listed, portable lighting fixtures is not allowed.

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.
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‒ WSEC--Commercial Provisions or IECC‒ WSEC--Residential Provisions.

C101.5 Compliance

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Residential buildings shall meet the provisions of IECC‒ WSEC--Residential Provisions. Commercial buildings shall meet the provisions of IECC‒ WSEC--Commercial Provisions.
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.
This code is not intended to prevent the use of any material, method of construction, design or insulating system not specifically prescribed herein, provided that such construction, design or insulating system has been approved by the code official as meeting the intent of this code.

C102.1.1 Above Code Programs

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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 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.

C103.2 Information on Construction Documents

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Construction documents shall be drawn to scale upon suitable material. Electronic media documents are permitted to be submitted where when 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 system and equipment types, sizes and efficiencies.

6. Economizer description.

7. Equipment and systems 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 barrier details including all air barrier boundaries and associated square foot calculations on all six sides of the air barrier as applicable.

C103.2.1 Building Thermal Envelope Depiction

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The building's thermal envelope shall be represented on the construction drawings documents.

C103.3 Examination of Documents

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The code official shall examine or cause to be examined the accompanying construction documents and shall ascertain whether the construction indicated and described is in accordance with the requirements of this code and other pertinent laws or ordinances. The code official is authorized to utilize a registered design professional, or other approved entity not affiliated with the building design or construction, in conducting the review of the plans and specifications for compliance with the code.

C103.3.1 Approval of Construction Documents

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When the code official issues a permit where construction documents are required, the construction documents shall be endorsed in writing and stamped "Reviewed for Code Compliance. " Such approved construction documents shall not be changed, modified or altered without authorization from the code official. Work shall be done in accordance with the approved construction documents.

One set of construction documents so reviewed shall be retained by the code official. The other set shall be returned to the applicant, kept at the site of work and shall be open to inspection by the code official or a duly authorized representative.
This code shall not require changes in the construction documents, construction or designated occupancy of a structure for which a lawful permit has been heretofore issued or otherwise lawfully authorized, and the construction of which has been pursued in good faith within 180 days after the effective date of this code and has not been abandoned.
The code official shall have the authority to issue a permit for the construction of part of an energy conservation system before the construction documents for the entire system have been submitted or approved, provided adequate information and detailed statements have been filed complying with all pertinent requirements of this code. The holders of such permit shall proceed at their own risk without assurance that the permit for the entire energy conservation system will be granted.
Changes made during construction that are not in compliance with the approved construction documents shall be resubmitted for approval as an amended set of construction documents.
One set of approved construction documents shall be retained by the code official for a period of not less than 180 days from date of completion of the permitted work, or as required by state or local laws.

C103.6 Building Documentation and Close Out Submittal Requirements

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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 with 180 days of the date of receipt of the certificate of occupancy.

C103.6.1 Record Documents

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Construction documents shall be updated to convey a record of the completed work. Such updates shall include mechanical, electrical and control drawings red-lined, or redrawn if specified, that show all changes to size, type and locations of components, equipment and assemblies.

C103.6.2 Manuals

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An operating and maintenance manual shall be provided for each component, device, piece of equipment, and system governed by this code. The manual shall include all of the following:

  1. Submittal data indicating all selected options for each piece of equipment.
  2. Manufacturer's operation manuals and maintenance manuals for each device, piece of equipment, and system requiring maintenance, except equipment not furnished as part of the project. Required routine maintenance actions, cleaning and recommended relamping shall be clearly identified.
  3. Name and address of at least one service agency.
  4. Controls system inspection schedule, maintenance and calibration information, wiring diagrams, schematics, and control sequence descriptions. Desired or field-determined setpoints shall be permanently recorded on control drawings at control devices or, for digital control systems, on the graphic where settings may be changed.
  5. A narrative of how each system is intended to operate, including recommended setpoints.

C103.6.3 Compliance Documentation

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All energy code compliance forms and calculations shall be delivered in one document to the building owner as part of the project record documents, manuals, or as a standalone document. This document shall include the specific energy code year utilized for compliance determination for each system, NFRC certificates for the installed windows, list of total area for each NFRC certificate, the interior lighting power compliance path (building area, space-by-space) used to calculate the lighting power allowance.

For projects complying with Section C401.2 item 1, the documentation shall include:
  1. The envelope insulation compliance path (prescriptive or component performance).
  2. All completed code compliance forms, and all compliance calculations including, but not limited to, those required by sections C402.1.5, C403.2.12.1, C405.4, and C405.5.
For projects complying with C401.2 item 2, the documentation shall include:
  1. A list of all proposed envelope component types, areas and U-values.
  2. A list of all lighting area types with areas, lighting power allowance, and installed lighting power density.
  3. A list of each HVAC system modeled with the assigned and proposed system type.
  4. Electronic copies of the baseline and proposed model input and output file. The input files shall be in a format suitable for rerunning the model and shall not consist solely of formatted reports of the inputs

C103.6.4 Systems Operation Training

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Training of the maintenance staff for equipment included in the manuals required by Section C103.6.2 shall include at a minimum:

  1. Review of manuals and permanent certificate.
  2. Hands-on demonstration of all normal maintenance procedures, normal operating modes, and all emergency shutdown and start-up procedures.
  3. Training completion report.
Construction or work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the code official or his or her designated agent, and such construction or work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved. It shall be the duty of the permit applicant to cause the work to remain accessible and exposed 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 or his or her designated agent, upon notification, shall make the inspections set forth in Sections C104.2.1 through C104.2.6.
Inspections associated with footings and foundations shall verify compliance with the code as to R-value, location, thickness, depth of burial and protection of insulation as required by the code and approved plans and specifications.

C104.2.2 Framing and Rough-In Insulation and Fenestration Inspection

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Inspections at framing and rough-in shall be made before application of interior finish and shall verify compliance with the code as to types of insulation and corresponding R-values and their correct location and proper installation; fenestration properties (U-factor, SHGC and VT) and proper installation; and air leakage controls as required by the code and approved plans and specifications.

C104.2.3 Plumbing Rough-In Inspection

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Inspections at plumbing rough-in shall verify compliance as required by the code and approved plans and specifications as to types of insulation and corresponding R-values and protection;, required controls; and required heat traps.

C104.2.4 Mechanical Rough-In Inspection

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Inspections at mechanical rough-in shall verify compliance as required by the code and approved plans and specifications as to installed HVAC equipment type and size;, required controls, duct and piping system insulation and corresponding R-value;, duct system and damper air leakage; and required energy recovery and/or economizers.

C104.2.5 Electrical Rough-In and Lighting Inspection

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Inspections at electrical rough-in shall verify compliance as required by the code and approved plans and specifications as to installed lighting systems, components and controls; motors and installation of an electric meter for each dwelling unit.

C104.2.6 Final Inspection

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The building shall have a final inspection and shall not be occupied until approved. 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 and findings of noncompliance corrected. Buildings, or portions thereof, shall not be considered for a final inspection until the code official has received a letter of transmittal from the building owner acknowledging that the building owner has received the Preliminary Commissioning Report as required in Section C408.2.4.
A building shall be reinspected when determined necessary by the code official.

C104.4 Approved Inspection Agencies

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The code official is authorized to accept reports of third-party approved inspection agencies not affiliated with the building design or construction, provided such agencies are approved satisfy the requirements as to qualifications and reliability relevant to the building components and systems 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.

C104.6 Reinspection and Testing

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Where any work or installation does not pass an initial test or inspection, the necessary corrections shall be made so as 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, in writing, suspend or revoke 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.

C106.1 Referenced Codes and Standards

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The codes and standards referenced in this code shall be those listed in Chapter 6 5, and such codes and standards shall be considered as part of the requirements of this code to the prescribed extent of each such reference and as further regulated in Sections C106.1.1 and C106.1.2.

C106.1.1 Conflicts

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Where conflicts differences occur between provisions of this code and referenced codes and standards, the provisions of this code shall apply.
Where the extent of the reference to a referenced code or standard includes subject matter that is within the scope of this code, the provisions of this code, as applicable, shall take precedence over the provisions in the referenced code or standard.
References to chapter or section numbers, or to provisions not specifically identified by number, shall be construed to refer to such chapter, section or provision of this code.

C106.3 Other Laws

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The provisions of this code shall not be deemed to nullify any provisions of local, state or federal law. In addition to the requirements of this code, all occupancies shall conform to the provisions included in the State Building Code (chapter 19.27 RCW). In case of conflicts among the codes enumerated in RCW 19.27.031 (1) through (4) and this code, an earlier named code shall govern over those following. In the case of conflict between the duct sealing and insulation requirements of this code and the duct insulation requirements of Sections 603 and 604 of the International Mechanical Code, the duct insulation requirements of this code, or where applicable, a local jurisdiction's energy code shall govern.
A permit shall not be issued until the fees prescribed in Section C107.2 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.

C107.3 Work Commencing Before Permit Issuance

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Any person who commences any work before obtaining the necessary permits shall be subject to an additional fee established by the code official that, which 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.

C108.1 Authority

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Where Whenever the code official finds any work regulated by this code being performed in a manner either contrary to the provisions of this code or dangerous or unsafe, the code official is authorized to issue a stop work order.

C108.2 Issuance

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The stop work order shall be in writing and shall be given to the owner of the property involved, the owner's authorized agent, or to the person doing the work. Upon issuance of a stop work order, the cited work shall immediately cease. The stop work order shall state the reason for the order, and the conditions under which the cited work will be permitted to resume.
Where an emergency exists, the code official shall not be required to give a written notice prior to stopping the work.
Any person who shall continue any work after having been served with a stop work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be liable to a fine as set by the applicable governing authority.

C109.1 General

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In order to hear and decide appeals of orders, decisions or determinations made by the code official relative to the application and interpretation of this code, there shall be and is hereby created a board of appeals. The code official shall be an ex officio member of said board but shall not have a no vote on any matter before the board. The board of appeals shall be appointed by the governing body and shall hold office at its pleasure. The board shall adopt rules of procedure for conducting its business, and shall render all decisions and findings in writing to the appellant with a duplicate copy to the code official.

C109.2 Limitations on Authority

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An application for appeal shall be based on a claim that the true intent of this code or the rules legally adopted thereunder have been incorrectly interpreted, the provisions of this code do not fully apply or an equally good or better form of construction is proposed. The board shall not have no authority to waive requirements of this code.
The board of appeals shall consist of members who are qualified by experience and training and are not employees of the jurisdiction.

Section C110 VIOLATIONS

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It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to erect or construct any building, or remodel or rehabilitate any existing building or structure in the state, or allow the same to be done, contrary to or in violation of any of the provisions of this code.

Section C111 LIABILITY

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Nothing contained in this code is intended to be nor shall be construed to create or form the basis for any liability on the part of any city or county or its officers, employees or agents for any injury or damage resulting from the failure of a building to conform to the provisions of this code.
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