In the final days of the 2004 session, the Nebraska Legislature adopted the 2003 International Energy Conservation Code as the new Nebraska Energy Code.
The 2003 IECC replaces the 1983 Model Energy Code which was the building code used for the past 20 years. The effective date for the changeover is July 1, 2005. The Nebraska Energy Office is required to provide training for codes officials, builders and others as needed.
The recent success, however, did not come easily. Over the years, various efforts to modify the 1983 code failed. Opponents said the increased standards would be too costly. To counter this opposition, the Nebraska Energy Office secured a State Energy Program Special Projects Codes and Standards grant which was used to develop a state-specific study. The study analyzed the cost differences for several building codes in the states three climate zones and any energy dollar savings that might accrue from the changes.
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