Building Energy Code (New Mexico)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Name||Building Energy Code|
|Incentive Type||Building Energy Code|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Residential|
|Eligible Technologies||Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building|
|Energy Category||Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs|
|Code Change Cycle||Generally reviewed at least every three years with the publication of the new editions of the model codes. Most recent code update effective January 28, 2011.|
|Commercial Code||2009 New Mexico Energy Conservation Code, based on 2009 IECC, mandatory statewide.|
|Residential Code||2009 New Mexico Energy Conservation Code, based on 2009 IECC, mandatory statewide.|
|Date added to DSIRE||2006-07-31|
|Last DSIRE Review||2013-10-30|
| Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE
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.
On January 28, 2011, the 2009 New Mexico Energy Conservation Code, based on 2009 IECC, took effect with a grace period lasting through July 1. 2011. 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.
|Contact Name||Fermin Aragon|
|Department||New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department|
|Division||Construction Industries Division|
|Address||725 St. Michael's Drive|
|Address 2||PO Box 25101|
|Place||Santa Fe, New Mexico|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.