Nebraska Adopts IECC Construction Standards
The Nebraska Legislature adopted the 2003 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC 2003) beginning July 1. This code comprises the latest energy-saving standards that affect the construction of new homes and commercial buildings. Buildings account for 42% of all energy consumed in Nebraska, which is higher than the national average. The legislature adopted this code after studies by the Nebraska Energy Office showed it will save the state a substantial amount of money on its energy bills.
Using funding from a DOE Special Projects grant, the Nebraska Energy Office determined that construction costs will be slightly higher because of the stricter building standards; however, lower energy use will outweigh these costs. Nebraska homebuyers will save more than $5 million a year in energy expenditures. Furthermore, the higher standards will increase the value of the state's residential infrastructure. For more information, the energy office publishes online the latest news on the Nebraska Energy Code.