New Hampshire

Current Codes

Residential, Commercial
2009 IECC, ASHRAE 90.1-2007 Mandatory
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Friday, December 11, 2009
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Additional Code Information

Advocacy Opportunities

Status

Explanations

Adoopt Mandatory Codes

 

 

 

  

Residential:

New Hampshire has a mandatory statewide residential code that references the 2006 IECC and is amended to Climate Zone 6.

Commercial:

New Hampshire has a mandatory statewide commercial code that references the 2006 IECC and is amended to Climate Zone 6. Local governments may adopt different requirements only if those requirements are more stringent than the state code.

Adopt an Automatic Review & Update Process

 

Currently, New Hampshire does not have a set schedule for reviewing and updating the energy codes. The last update process took place on August 17, 2007.

Create a Regulatory Process

 

The New Hampshire Building Code Review Board has the authority to change the standards within the code. The procedure consists of public hearings held by a Review Board followed by public adoption or rejection of the proposed amendments. The New Hampshire General Court (the state legislature) must concur with any amendments adopted by the Board within two years or the code reverts to the prior version.

Improve Compliance
 

 

Residential:

All plans must be submitted to the local building code official. Compliance is shown by either 1) submitting a letter of certification for the building from a New Hampshire-licensed architect or engineer to the town with a copy forwarded to the public utility commission or 2) processing an application for certificate of compliance through the public utility commission or the local building code official. If there is no code official, then the plans and a certificate of compliance application must be sent to the public utility commission for review and certification.
REScheck may be used to comply.

Commercial:

All plans must be submitted to the local building code official. Compliance is shown by either 1) submitting a letter of certification for the building from a New Hampshire-licensed architect or engineer to the town with a copy forwarded to the public utility commission or 2) processing an application for certificate of compliance through the public utility commission or the local building code official. If there is no code official, then the plans and a certificate of compliance application must be sent to the public utility commission for review and certification.
COMcheck may be used to comply

On May 8, 2009, the New Hampshire Building Code Review Board adopted the 2009 IECC in its entirety effective October 1, 2009.  Mandatory statewide, the code will include amendments to be considered at a public hearing on June 12.

Eliminate Weakening Amendments

   

Add Strengthening Amendments

   

Allow Innovation at the Local Level
 

 

 

Local governments may adopt different requirements only if those requirements are more stringent than the state code.

Set Milestones

   

Adopt Green Codes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Wide Program:
New Hampshire.
Energy Efficiency Standards for State Government Buildings, 2005

Program Description:
Executive Order 2005-04:  New construction and renovation designs should exceed the state energy code by at least 20% and energy modeling should be used during the design processes.

Energy Standard:
Commercial LEED Certification:  below is summarized from LEED NC, details vary according to certification program. Mandatory: minimum 10% compliance beyond ASHRAE 90.1-2007, or use of NBI's Core Performance or one of ASHRAE's Advanced Energy Design Guidelines. LEED options include: optimize energy performance, on-site renewable energy, enhanced commissioning, enhanced refrigerant management, measurement & verification, and green power.

City Wide Program:
Derry, New Hampshire.
Green Building Policy, 2008

Program Description:
Derry Town Council adopted a green building policy requiring all new construction or major renovations to town-owned or town-funded projects to achieve LEED Certified. In addition, this policy also requires the purchase of alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles for the town’s fleet.

Energy Standard:
Commercial LEED Certification:  below is summarized from LEED NC, details vary according to certification program. Mandatory: minimum 10% compliance beyond ASHRAE 90.1-2007, or use of NBI's Core Performance or one of ASHRAE's Advanced Energy Design Guidelines. LEED options include: optimize energy performance, on-site renewable energy, enhanced commissioning, enhanced refrigerant management, measurement & verification, and green power.

August 2009

Resources:


ICLEI - international association of local governments and their associations
www.iclei.org
New Hampshire has nine local government members:
Dover, Epping, Gilford, Keene, Nashua, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Rochester, and Southwest Region.

Mayors Climate Protection Center
www.usmayors.org
Eight New Hampshire Mayors have signed The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement:
(City)
Concord, Dover, Hanover, Keene, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, and Rochester.

International Codes Council (ICC) Regional Support and State Offices:
Ms. Janice Moy
ICC Chicago District Office
4051 West Flossmoor Road
Country Club Hills, IL 60478
Phone: 1-888-422-7233, Ext. 4525
JMoy@iccsafe.org

Mr. Bruce Johnson
Regional Manager
P.O. Box 655
Jamesport, NY 11947-0655
Phone: 1-888-422-7233, Ext. 7276
BEJohnson@iccsafe.org

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