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Building Energy Code

Last Review: 2013-10-30
Incentive Type: Building Energy Code
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Applicable Sectors: Commercial
Website: http://bcap-ocean.org/state-country/new-mexico


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.

The state traditionally adopts the current version of the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) Uniform Building Codes as a basis for all building codes. These codes are adopted by the state on a three-year code cycle corresponding with the publication of the ICBO Uniform Codes. Amendments, if any, to the current version of the MEC must first be proposed by a trade association or other construction group.

All residential and commercial structures, as defined in the MEC, are required to comply with the New Mexico energy code. Compliance and plan review requirements are those specified in the MEC. Plan review and enforcement is regulated by the local jurisdiction (when they elect to enforce the code) as required in the MEC. If the local jurisdiction does not elect to, or does not have personnel qualified to, enforce the code provisions, the Construction Industries Division provides the necessary reviews and inspections for residential buildings. Technical assistance is provided to the Construction Industries Division by the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department for commercial buildings. The Construction Industries Division reviews plans and inspects all state-owned or -funded buildings.

The 2009 New Mexico Energy Conservation Code is based on 2009 IECC. As required by House Bill 610 of 2007, the residential code includes a requirement for new residential construction to account for the possibility of a solar system being installed in the future.  New construction must include an electrical raceway connecting a future solar installation site with a future site for electrical equipment.  

Fermin Aragon
New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department
725 St. Michael's Drive
PO Box 25101
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Phone:(505) 827-7030 Ext.
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Web site: http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/ecmd


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