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North Dakota

Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Last DSIRE Review: 10/20/2014
Program Overview:
State: North Dakota
Incentive Type: Building Energy Code
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential
Residential Code:Compliance with either the 2009 IECC or Chapter 11 of the 2009 IRC is required required in any jurisdiction that has adopted the State Building Code.
Commercial Code:Compliance with the 2009 IECC is required required in any jurisdiction that has adopted the State Building Code.
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Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP web sites.

The 1993 State Legislature updated the state energy code to the 1989 Model Energy Code (MEC) and established a procedure to update the standard. Then in 1995, following consultation with an advisory group, the energy code was updated to the 1993 MEC with reference made to the ASHRAE Standard 90.1 - 1989 for commercial structures.

Statewide enforcement is not required by the state energy code. State or local government-owned and -funded buildings are covered by the code, as well as buildings receiving federal grants from the OIA. Enforcement is not required at the local level unless the code is adopted by a local jurisdiction.

In May 1999, the North Dakota Association of Building for the North Dakota Office of Intergovernmental Assistance conducted a study on the Energy Efficiency Levels of Newly Constructed Homes in N.D. The study concluded that new homes built then in 1999 met or exceeded 1993 MEC standards.

In May 2009, the state legislature passed SB 2352 removing the voluntary energy code (the 1993 MEC and ASHRAE 90.1-1989) from state law effective August 2009 and placing it under the purview of the North Dakota State Building Code. The state Building Code Advisory Committee now has the authority to make recommendations that could include energy standards in future editions of the State Building Code.

On January 1st, 2011 the State Building Code went into effect. The 2009 IECC is included by reference. In the 2009 IRC builders have the option to use either Chapter 11 or the 2009 IECC. In the 2009 IBC, chapter 13 states builders will use the 2009 IECC.

On January 1st 2014, the new State Building Code went into effect. In chapter 11 of the IRC you have the choice of meeting the 2009 IRC requirements or meeting the International 2009 Energy Conservation Code (IECC) requirements.

  •  N1101.2 Compliance. Compliance shall be demonstrated by either meeting the requirements of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code or meeting the requirements of this chapter. In chapter 13 of the IBC you must meet the 2009 IECC requirements.
  •  1301.1.1 Criteria. Buildings shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code. Although the main building code changed to the 2012 codes, the energy code stayed with 2009. 

  Bruce Hagen
Department of Commerce
Division of Community Services
1600 E. Century Ave, Suite 2
Bismark, ND 58503
Phone: (701) 328-5300
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