CURRENT CODE Residential: The New Hampshire Energy Code, references 2006 IECC (Mandatory) Commercial: The New Hampshire Energy Code, references 2006 IECC (Mandatory) DEMOGRAPHICS Population: 1,315,809 Total Housing Units: 561,178 ENERGY CONSUMPTION Residential Sector: 91.7 Trillion BTU Commercial Sector: 69.8 Trillion BTU 58% of the fuel oil supply in New Hampshire is consumed to heat residential homes. Residential use of natural gas costs $18.83/thousand cubic ft. The transportation and residential sectors are New Hampshire’s largest energy consumers. CODE CHANGE CYCLE No set schedule
New Hampshire will receive $25.8 Million from the federal government if the state adopts the latest energy codes: IECC 2009 (International Energy Conservation Code) ASHRAE 90.1 2007 (American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers) Accumulated residential sector savings, 2009 to 2020, would be: 1.0 trillion Btu of energy 68 thousand metric tons of CO2 (Equivalent to the annual emissions of 12,454 passenger vehicles) $11 million. $11 million could pay more than the full undergraduate tuition for current students at private universities in New Hampshire
FINANCING OPPORTUNITIES: In February 2009 the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allocated $3.1 billion for U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program (SEP) to assist states with building energy efficiency efforts. As one of the requirements to receive SEP grants, state governors must certify to DOE that their state will implement energy codes of equal or greater stringency than the latest national model codes (currently IECC 2009 and Standard 90.1-2007). Thus, it is in the state’s best economic interests to adopt these standards statewide and begin enjoying the benefits of an efficient building sector.
CODE ADOPTION AND CHANGE PROCESS:
Regulatory Process: The New Hampshire Building Code Review Board has the authority to change the standards within the code. The procedure consists of public hearings held by the Review Board followed by public adoption or rejection of proposed amendments. The New Hampshire General Court (the state legislature) must concur with any amendments adopted by the Board within two years or the code reverts to the prior version. The 2006 IECC was adopted by the General Court in SB 81 and enshrined in RSA 155-A:1(IV). See Chapter 155-A of the New Hampshire Building Code.
For more information please consult the Building Codes Assistance Project (www.bcap-energy.org) or Nick Zigelbaum ([email protected]
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