South Carolina Governor Signs Legislation Adopting 2009 IECC Statewide
The state of South Carolina has taken a major step forward on building energy efficiency by adopting a significant update to the state’s building energy code. In late 2011, the proposed update won approval by the state Energy Advisory Council (EAC) of the Public Utility Review Committee of the South Carolina Legislature. In January, the South Carolina Legislature introduced legislation to update the South Carolina Energy Standard to reference the 2009 IECC (it currently references the 2006 IECC). The South Carolina Home Builders Association spoke in favor of the bill during the committee process.
On February 23, the House approved H. 4639, and the Senate concurred on March 21. Gov. Nikki Haley signed the bill into law on April 2. The effective date will be January 1, 2013.
The South Carolina Building Code Council has also begun to review of the 2012 family of I-codes. Recent investigation and analysis by Mathis Consulting Company for the 2012 IECC for South Carolina showed cost effective and significant energy and peak power benefits to the state.