CURRENT CODE Residential: North Carolina Energy Conservation Code, based on 2006 IECC (Mandatory) Commercial: State developed code, based on 2006 IECC (Mandatory) DEMOGRAPHICS Population: 9,222,414 Total Housing Units: 3,707,129 ENERGY CONSUMPTION Residential Sector: 680.4 Trillion BTU Commercial Sector: 556.5 Trillion BTU 49% of the electricity supply in North Carolina is consumed to heat residential homes. Residential use of natural gas costs $15.64/thousand cubic ft. One of the top nuclear power producers in the nation and one of the highest electricity consumption rates. CODE CHANGE CYCLE Three year review cycle
North Carolina will receive $75.9 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 2030, would be: 36.4 trillion Btu of energy 2,546 thousand metric tons of CO2 (Equivalent to the annual emissions of 466,300 passenger vehicles) $299 million. $299 million could pay more than the full undergraduate tuition for current students at private universities in North Carolina
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: Legislative & Regulatory Process: The North Carolina State Building Code Council (SBCC) is responsible for developing all state codes. By statute, the Commissioner of Insurance has general supervision over the administration and enforcement of the North Carolina state building code. Engineering Division staff assist the SBCC. Rule proposals are considered quarterly and anyone may propose a rule change. Final authority to adopt criteria rests with the state legislature. Public hearings are conducted quarterly to consider proposals and must proceed through the rule making process.
For more information please consult the Building Codes Assistance Project (www.bcap-energy.org) or Nick Zigelbaum ([email protected]
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