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Philadelphia Energy Code Details

The City of Philadelphia has adopted new codes that differ from the rest of the state:

Multi-family buildings and single/two-family buildings over four stories must comply with the 2018 IBC and 2018 IECC. (In the rest of the state, these buildings must comply with the 2015 versions.)

This chart shows the applicability of the codes to various building types:

What Code Do I Use?

The department of Licenses and Inspections has created Plan Review Checklists for both new and existing buildings:

New Building Checklist   New Building Checklist

There is an official form for submitting Equipment Design details, including heating, cooling, and mechanical ventilation sizing calculations:

Equipment Design Form

Philadelphia requires that air barrier/insulation inspections and blower door/duct leakage inspections be completed by specialists holding the following qualifications:

Blower door testing shall be performed by an approved third party who shall hold one of the following certifications:
• RESNET-Certified HERS Rater
• RESNET-Certified Rating Field Inspector (RFI)
• BPI Building Analyst
• BPI Infiltration & Duct Leakage
• BPI Energy Auditor
• Envelope Professional

Duct leakage testing shall be performed by individuals holding one of the following certifications:
• RESNET-Certified HERS Rater
• RESNET-Certified Rating Field Inspector (RFI)
• BPI Energy Auditor
• BPI Infiltration & Duct Leakage
• BPI Heating Professional
• BPI/DOE Quality Control Inspector

There are official forms for documenting the inspections and testing:

Air Barrier Checklist   DET Form

 

 

The Philadelphia Energy Codes are enforced by the Department of Licenses and Inspections

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Check out their helpful Fact Sheet

Philadelphia Fact Sheet