Executive Order Freezes New Mexico Advanced Code
On January 1, newly-inaugurated Gov. Susana Martinez issued an executive order freezing the implementation of the 2009 New Mexico Energy Conservation Code (NMECC), which had been set for that date, for 90 days. Executive Order 2011-001 has suspended all proposed and pending regulations from taking effect, subject to the review of a “small business task force to identify red-tape regulations that are harmful to business growth and job creation.”
Originally approved by the Construction Industries Commission (CIC) in July, the 2009 NMECC included amendments that would make it approximately 20% more stringent than the 2006 IECC (the residential and commercial portions of the 2009 IECC are about 13-15% and 5% above the 2006 IECC, respectively). The amendments to the 2009 IECC include stronger prescriptive values for fenestration U-factors and R-values for ceilings, wood frame walls, and mass walls. The compliance option using ASHRAE Standard 90.1 has also been removed. CIC had planned comprehensive code training funded through the Recovery Act to ensure the statewide adoption and full implementation of the NMECC.