Building Energy Code (Ohio)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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

Code Change Cycle No set schedule. The most recent residential code update was adopted in 2012 and took effect in 2013. The most recent non-residential code update became effective November 1, 2011.
Commercial Code 2011 Ohio Building Code (OBC), based on 2009 IBC, 2009 IECC, ASHRAE 90.1-2007

Residential Code 2013 Residential Code of Ohio (RCO), State-developed code based on 2009 IECC, 2009 IRC.

Date added to DSIRE 2006-07-27
Last DSIRE Review 2013-06-05
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 Board of Building Standards is the primary state agency that protects the public's safety by: adopting rules governing the construction, repair, and rehabilitation of buildings in the state; certifying municipal, township, and county building departments to administer the code; and establishing minimum standards for construction materials.

The 2011 Ohio Building Code (OBC), adopted by the Board of Building Standards (BBS), is mandatory statewide for commercial buildings and became effective November 1, 2011. The BBS adopted the 2011 Residential Code of Ohio (RCO) which is based on the 2009 IECC and 2009 IRC, and took effect in 2013.

Compliance is determined through plan review and inspection at the local level by the local certified building department. If there is no certified building department within a jurisdiction, the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Industrial Compliance reviews and approves plans for commercial construction.

Access Ohio's Residential and Non-Residential Building Codes at:

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Steven Regoli
Department Ohio Department of Commerce
Division Board of Building and Standards
Address 6606 Tussing Road
Address 2 P.O. Box 4009
Place Reynoldsburg,, Ohio
Zip/Postal Code 43068-9009
Phone (614) 644-2613


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 2008-06S.pdf EO 2008-06S

  • 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)"