Change the NM Building and Energy Conservation Codes
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We strongly urge the Construction Industries Commission to change the current 2009 NM Building & Energy Conservation Codes to the base 2009 International Building and Energy Conservation Codes.
The 2009 International Building and Energy Conservation Codes in their base form is already over 10% higher in energy savings than the 2006 code. It accomplishes the goals of the International Code without unduly raising costs to consumers or over regulating types of materials or building methods for achieving the energy savings. New Mexico will remain a leader in energy conservation even if the CIC votes to roll back the existing statewide codes to the base 2009 International Codes.
In a recent survey of surrounding states and cities, it should be noted that most Western states have not adopted the 2009 codes. Here are some details:
- AZ -- State has officially adopted the 2006 IECC, but some of the small towns are still on the 2003 version. Phoenix, Tempe, and Tucson are on the 2006. No jurisdictions are on the 2009 version.
- CO -- State Transportation is on the 2009, but most of the municipalities are on the 2006, including Golden, Greeley, Littleton & Denver. Colorado Springs is still on the 2003 IECC.
- TX -- State Transportation is on the 2006, with Carrollton, Dallas & Irving complying. Austin is on the 2009, and Houston & Lubbock are on the 2000 version of the IECC.
- UT -- Entire state is on the 2009 IECC (base version, no additions).
- CA -- Has its own Title 24 version of energy code.
By changing the codes, New Mexico remains cost competitive in building new or remodeling residential and commercial properties while still implementing substantial energy savings; achieves the stated goals of the International Codes; and lessens costs for consumers by allowing builders to accomplish the energy savings in the most cost-efficient method, using the best available materials and products.
NAIOP - New Mexico Chapter