Maryland First State to Adopt 2015 IECC and its Energy Rating Index

Originally published by: Maryland Department of Housing and Community DevelopmentDecember 12, 2014

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Maryland has adopted the 2015 IECC for residential and commercial construction, with no significant weakening amendments.  The Maryland Homebuilders and the wood industry submitted numerous amendments, but after public hearings and significant debate with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and RECA, NEEP, ACC, and others, the DHCD rejected their amendments. 

Here is a link to the Maryland Register: http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDRegister/4125.pdf (The Final Rule is on page 1476).

In addition to being the first state to adopt the 2015 IECC, Maryland is also the first state to adopt the ERI as it appears in the 2015 IECC.  While the new rule is effective January 1, 2015, counties have until July 1, 2015 to modify and adopt the code locally, but they are not allowed to adopt any weakening amendments.  By July 1, 2015, it will be the statewide mandatory code.