Building Energy Code (Kentucky)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Kentucky
Name Building Energy Code
Incentive Type Building Energy Code
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Code Change Cycle Three-year code review/update cycle. Last updated on March 6, 2011, effective June 1, 2011.
Commercial Code 2007 Kentucky Building Code based on 2009 IBC, 2009 IECC mandatory

Residential Code 2007 Kentucky Residential Code based 2006 IECC, 2006 IRC mandatory

Date added to DSIRE 2006-07-27
Last DSIRE Review 2013-07-26
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP websites.

The Kentucky Building Code (KBC) is updated every three years on a cycle one year behind the publication year for the International Building Code. Any changes to the code 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 division is then responsible for complying with code changes and amendments.

Local jurisdictions are required to follow the statewide energy provisions and are not allowed to reference or enforce any other standard or code other than the KBC. The exception to this requirement is that jurisdictions may enforce Kentucky Residential Code as an alternative method of compliance when the scope of coverage has been extended to include homes that are not trade-name or brand-name homes

The 2007 Kentucky Building Code (KBC – applies to commercial buildings), which is based on the 2009 IBC and 2009 IECC, became effective June 1, 2011. The 2007 Kentucky Residential Code (KRC – applies to residential buildings) is based in the 2006 IRC and 2006 IECC and took effect June 1, 2011.

To access forms and publications of the Division of Building Code Enforcement, go to:

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Rick McNees
Department Office of Housing, Buildings, and Construction
Division Division of Building Codes Enforcement
Address 1047 US 127 South
Place Frankfort, Kentucky
Zip/Postal Code 40601
Phone (502) 573-0373


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"