2013 Kentucky Building Code Now in Effect
At the Board of Housing Buildings and Construction (HBC) meeting on Aug. 15, 2013, General Counsel Michael Davis announced that the 2013 Kentucky Building Code was effective August 2, 2013, with mandatory compliance as of January 1, 2014. The Kentucky Amendments to the 2012 IBC, which along with the IBC make up the KBC, are now posted on the HBC web site. There is still the possibility that the Code Administrators Association of Kentucky (CAAK) will sponsor the printing of the KBC as an integrated document, as was done for the 2002, eliminating the need to insert the amendments into the IBC. View/Download current 2013 Kentucky Building Code 2nd Edition. The reference to the National Electrical Code has been updated to the 2014 edition in the KBC (see page 98).
New Energy Code Effective October 1, 2014
A new Energy Code went into effect on October 1, 2014 for all projects covered by the Kentucky Building Code (KBC). Effective that date, projects must comply with the provisions of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), in lieu of the 2009 edition of the IECC that we are currently using. There are more stringent requirements across the board (insulation envelope, efficiency of HVAC equipment, lighting, etc.) that are anticipated to result in a 30% energy savings. Projects covered by the Kentucky Residential Code (KRC) are not affected by this change, and will continue to use the residential provisions of the 2009 IECC for energy efficiency requirements. HBC has issued a revised amendment to the 2012 IBC effective 10/1/2014. View the amendment here with changes indicated in blue.
View Guide to Changes Between 2009 IECC and 2012 IECC
View OPAQUE THERMAL ENVELOPE ASSEMBLY REQUIREMENTS in 2012 IECC