Existing State Energy Codes
The current adopted energy codes for the State of Oklahoma are:
- Residential – Chapter 11 of the 2015 IRC as amended by the OUBCC
- Commercial – 2006 IECC
For more information on Oklahoma state energy codes, see the Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission page.
Existing State and Local Policy
Pursuant to the Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission Act, energy codes are adopted statewide by the Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission (OUBCC) and establish a minimum or baseline for all building practices within the state.
However, Oklahoma is a “home rule” state which allows jurisdictions to make local amendments to the energy code, so long as the change does not result in a less stringent code. State agencies and political subdivisions may adopt construction codes that exceed the statewide energy code.
Reporting Adopted Codes to OUBCC
In accordance with Chapter 15 of OUBCC rules, state agencies and political subdivisions are requested to submit code adoption notification to OUBCC at least annually.
Code Enforcement Certification
The International Code Council (ICC) provides certification and training to Energy Codes professionals through online courses and certification testing.
SPEER is an authorized ICC Preferred Provider of continuing education units, and provides free webinars and training to help these enforcement personnel maintain their status with ICC. To see courses currently offered go to SPEER’s Events Calendar. To schedule an in-person training for your group or area, contact us.
Section N1101.4 of the Oklahoma Residential Energy Code allows jurisdictions to deem national, state, or local energy efficiency programs to exceed the energy efficiency required by code. Buildings approved in writing by such an energy efficiency program are considered in compliance with the state energy code. Above-code programs provide builders with the opportunity to market their higher energy savings.
Additionally, for Residential construction compliance may be demonstrated by meeting the requirements of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code® as published.