State: Rhode Island

IIBC 2019 Summary of Actions

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

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

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

The following notification as 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.

The comment period is open until Sunday, March 10, 2019.  A hearing will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at 10 am, at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Conference Room A, First Floor, 89 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick, RI 02886.

The proposed amendments relate to the following regulations which include an update from the 2012 to the 2015 ICC Code Group.

RISBC-1 Rhode Island Building Code

RISBC-2 Rhode Island State One and Two Family Dwelling

RISBC-3 Rhode Island Plumbing Code

RISBC-4 Rhode Island Mechanical Code

RISBC-5 Rhode Island Electrical Code

RISBC-6 Rhode Island Property Maintenance Code

RISBC-8 State of Rhode Island Energy Conservation Code

RISBC-19 State Fuel Gas Code


See full Code Update here.

Contact:  Jack Lyons,

Habitable Attic Egress Requirements

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…)