North Carolina Council Defers Action on 2012 NC Building Codes Adoption Until 2015
On September 14, the North Carolina Building Code Council (NCBCC) voted 8-6 to defer any action on the adoption of the state’s proposed new energy code until the next code update cycle concludes in 2015.
After voting on March 9 to adopt recommendations to adopt the 2009 I-Codes, including the 2009 IECC with NC amendments as the 2012 North Carolina State Building Codes, the NCBCC held a public hearing on the codes on June 15. Written public comments were accepted in July. The amendment packages are available online.
The product of a $500,000 competitive grant awarded by DOE in 2008, the NC amendments to the 2009 IECC are intended to achieve 30% energy savings beyond the 2006 IECC. Amendments to Chapter 11 of the 2009 IRC will also avoid compliance paths that contradict the IECC. The target effective date for the 2012 NC Building Codes was September 1, 2011 with a transition period until January 1, 2012, but has been scrapped, pending further action on the proposed codes.
The NCBCC is also creating an Ad Hoc Committee to develop a green building code. Staff will use the Public Version of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) as the base code.