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Incentives/Policies for Energy Efficiency

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Last DSIRE Review: 11/18/2014
Program Overview:
State: Alaska
Incentive Type: Building Energy Code
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential
Residential Code:The 2012 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (BEES) is a state-developed code based on the 2012 IECC with Alaska-specific amendments.
Commercial Code:None statewide; if building is state-financed, must comply with 2012 BEES
Code Change Cycle:No set schedule. Most recent update effective: July 1, 2013
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Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP websites.

All new residential, commercial, and community-owned buildings constructed on or after January 1, 1992 that recieve financing from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) must comply with the Alaska Building Energy Efficiency Standard (BEES). BEES is based upon the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), AHRAE 62.2 2010, and Alaska-specific amendments to those standards. A building must have a 5 Star or higher energy rating. 

To comply with BEES, an authorized individual must complete a standardized compliance form that must be furnished with the AFHC financing application. The authorized individual may be the architect, engineer, an Alaska Licensed New Home Inspector, or a local building code official who has completed the BEES Compliance Certification. Proposed changes to the standards for residential buildings can be submitted to the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, which reviews and acts on the proposals. Public hearings are required before changes are adopted.

Alaska most recently revised its residential building code effective July 1, 2013 by adopting the 2012 IECC with Alaska-specific amendments. 

More information on Alaska's Energy Code can be found on the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation website.

  Scott Waterman
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
P.O. Box 101020
Anchorage, AK 99510-1020
Phone: (907) 330-8195
Fax: (907) 338-1747
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