Maciek Rupar, an NRCA director of technical services, recently wrote “Code Compliance for Reroofing,” which appeared in the January/February issue of Facility Executive magazine.
The article details the code requirements that need to be considered for reroofing projects in jurisdictions that have adopted energy codes based on the International Energy Conservation Code,® 2012 Edition (IECC 2012).
Rupar states IECC 2012 introduced a number of building energy performance requirements that make compliance challenging for commercial reroofing projects in states that have adopted the code (California, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Oregon, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington and District of Columbia). A number of other local jurisdictions have also adopted energy codes based on IECC 2012.
Among IECC 2012 requirements for existing facilities discussed in the article are higher minimum levels of roof insulation than previous IECC editions; requirement for conditioned commercial buildings in Climate Zones 4-8 to include an air barrier that is continuous across all assemblies comprising the building thermal envelope; solar reflectance and thermal emittance requirements for roofs installed with slopes of less than 2:12 over air-conditioned spaces located in Climate Zones 1-3 (parts of California); and requirements for minimum skylight area and integration into daylighting control systems applicable to certain occupancies.
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