New Mexico Code Effective: Training Begins, Enforcement Starts July 1
Per its publication in the February 14 New Mexico Public Register, the 2009 New Mexico Energy Conservation Code (NMECC) became effective January 28, though the Construction Industries Division (CID) will not fully enforce the code until July 1, as part of its original intent for a six-month transition period where either the new code or the previous code could be used through June 30.
The code was previously the subject of a regulatory freeze by Gov. Susana Martinez and a lawsuit by Sierra Club. On February 1, the Sierra Club agreed to drop its lawsuit against the administration in exchange for her agreeing to publish rules updating 13 state building codes, including the 2009 NMECC.
The NMECC contains amendments that would make it approximately 20% more stringent than the 2006 IECC. A statewide training contract for the NMECC has been awarded to the Building and Fire Code Academy (BFCA), which is offering an extensive training course schedule.