State: Rhode Island

Rhode Island updated their State Building Codes to the 2018 I-Codes
July 14, 2022

Rhode Island State Building & Fire Code Regulations Back to Rules and Regulations updated their State Building Codes to the 2018 I-Codes in February 2022. Below are links to the Rhode Island Building Code Rules, Fire Safety Code Rules, and Occupational Safety Rules on file with the Rhode Island Department of State. Many of the Rhode Island Building Code Rules incorporate (more…)

IIBC 2019 Summary of Actions
March 17, 2020

See BU – IIBC 2019 Actions bulletin describing the actions taken by the Commission during the July 2019 annual meeting. They include:

  • Imposition of administrative fees for returned labels
  • Clarification on MRR provisions exempted by a CA program waiver (Formal Interpretation 19-01)
  • Recognition of accredited Product Certification Agencies (Formal Technical Opinion 19-01)


Important Dates ENERGY STAR Tax Credit
January 31, 2020

As you may be aware, late last year Congress extended the $1,000 tax credit for each ENERGY STAR home completed through 2020 and made the credit retroactive to include homes completed in 2018 and 2019. During this period, we launched Version 2 of the ENERGY STAR requirements. SBRA is currently developing program rules that will apply to Version 2 homes. We will post information as it becomes available.  (more…)

Rhode Island Electrical, Energy, and Building Code to be effective 08-01-2019
July 10, 2019

Rules for the 2019 Rhode Island Electrical, Energy, and Building Code to be effective 08-01-2019 have been filed. Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, and Fire Prevention codes are incorporated by reference. These are based on the 2017 NEC and the 2015 I-Codes. Industrialized building manufacturers, with current systems on file with IIBC, will have 180 days from (more…)

Rhode Island Proposed Amendments
February 15, 2019

The following notification was received from NEMA. The Building Code Commission has proposed amendments to the following 8 regulations: SBC-1, SBC-2, SBC-3, SBC-4, SBC-5, SBC-6, SBC-8, and SBC-19.  The Building Code Commission has also proposed the adoption of 1 new regulation, SBC-14 Swimming Pool and Spa. You can view all proposed regulations in the notification below. (more…)

Habitable Attic Egress Requirements
July 3, 2018

Please be aware of the definition and egress requirements of a habitable attic as it relates to dwellings built from the 2012 IRC. The 2009 and 2015 IRC verbiage is similar and still applicable. Attics that meet the size and ceiling height criteria of the “Habitable Attic” definition in Chapter 2 are considered habitable. This is applicable to finished and unfinished spaces. Habitable attics require a vertical access and emergency escape and rescue opening. Vertical access can be a fixed internal stair, ramp, or exterior stair. (more…)