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State Code Status: New Jersey


Current Commercial Code

Uniform Construction Code (NJAC 5:23-3.18)
Based on ASHRAE 90.1-2013
Passed 9/21/2015, effective 3/21/2016

✔ Can use COMcheck to show compliance.

Current Residential Code

Uniform Construction Code (NJAC 5:23-3.18)
Based on the 2015 IECC
Passed 9/21/2015, effective 3/21/2016

✔ Can use REScheck to show compliance.

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New Jersey climate zones

Climate Zones: 4A, 5A


Code Adoption and Change Process

Code Change Process

Legislative and Regulatory Process: The New Jersey Uniform Construction Code Act stipulates that model codes and standards publications not be adopted more frequently than once every three years. The Commissioner of Community Affairs may make an amendment if it is found that an imminent peril exists to the public’s health, safety, or welfare, or that the current code is contrary to the intent of the legislation mandating the code. The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) itself does not have the legislative authority to amend the code to include new material from codes not yet adopted.

Code Change Cycle

The three-year code cycle is concurrent with the publication of new editions of the model codes.

Next Code Update

Unknown

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History

January 2013

The implementation of duct testing requirements is delayed until this date.

September 7, 2010

A DCA final rule adopting new state building codes is published in the New Jersey Register (42 N.J.R. 2043a) and becomes effective.

The energy subcode of the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code is amended to incorporate the 2009 IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 (in lieu of Chapter 5 of the IECC). There will be a six-month transition period during which builders may use the new construction codes edition or the previous one. The implementation of duct testing requirements is delayed until January 2013.

This rule had been set to become effective on February 1, 2010, but on January 20, newly-inaugurated Gov. Chris Christie signed Executive Order 1, freezing the implementation of all proposed rules for 90 days pending review by the new administration. Further delays stalled the update from the previous state energy code based on the 2006 IECC and Standard 90.1-2004.

September 8, 2009

DCA proposes a rule (41 NJR 3140a) amending the energy subcode of the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code (NJAC 5.23-3.18) to incorporate the 2009 IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007.

August 2009

DCA issues a request for public comments on its proposed adoption of the 2009 International Code series, including the 2009 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2007.

August 6, 2009

Governor John Corzine signs S. 702 into law, authorizing the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to amend the State Uniform Construction Code’s energy subcode. Normally, any efforts to upgrade or amend the codes must proceed through the codes office at DCA, a codes advisory board, the DCA itself, and finally through the state legislature.

Under the bill, the IECC would be added as one of the model code alternatives to be used as a basis of the energy subcode. The energy subcode may be amended or supplemented by the DCA once before 2012 without regard to the statutory three-year minimum interval between the adoption of an energy subcode and the adoption of a revision of that subcode. In amending the subcode, DCA shall rely upon 10-year energy price projections provided by an institution of higher education within one year following the effective date of the bill, and thereafter at three year intervals.

February 20, 2007

New Jersey adopts the 2006 IECC with amendments. As the new commercial code, ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2004 is adopted with minor amendments. For both residential and commercial code compliance, either the previous code or the new code can be used during a six month interim period.

October 23, 2006

Legislation to promote energy efficiency and conservation in buildings (A 3595) is introduced. It would authorize the Commissioner of Community Affairs to amend the Uniform Construction Code’s energy subcode to establish enhanced energy-saving construction requirements. This bill is signed into passed on June 21, 2007. Language in the legislation directs the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs to publish a green building manual to provide a baseline for the construction of buildings that “significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of buildings on the environment and their occupants (C.52:27D‐130.6).”

January 1, 1977

The Uniform Construction Code Regulations (NJAC 5:23-1 et seq.) go into effect. The New Jersey Uniform Construction Code is divided into subcodes (model codes and standards) that are adopted individually by the Commissioner of Community Affairs. The energy subcode contains the energy provisions.

October 7, 1975

The state passes the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code Act, which will become effective on February 3, 1976. All construction codes and their enforcement are controlled by the provisions stated in the act.

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State Toolkit

This feature allows users to track progress towards goals of adoption, compliance, and implementation in their state. If you have any updates about strides that your state has made in any of the categories below, please contact BCAP.

The New Jersey toolkit is currently under construction.

 


Contacts

Robert Austin
Construction Official
New Jersey Division of Community Affairs
Email: raustin@dca.state.nj.us

Lou Mraw
Supervisor of Enforcement
Office of Regulatory Affairs
Division of Community Affairs
Email: lou.mraw@dca.nj.gov

Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite
Senior Program Manager
High Performance Buildings
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Email: cgoldthwaite@neep.org


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Basic Facts

Population: 8,958,013 (US Census Bureau, 2015)

Construction Activity:
New Privately Owned Housing Units Authorized by Permit Type (US Census Construction Statistics)

Year 2014 2015
Total Units 28,155 30,560
1 unit 11,019 10,518
2 units 762 730
3 or 4 units 402 269
5 or more units 15,972 19,043

CO2 Emissions:

Commercial buildings: 10.5 MMT
Residential buildings: 14.7 MMT
(EIA, 2015)

Energy data:

Commercial building energy consumption:
601 trillion BTU in 2012

Residential building energy consumption:
599 trillion BTU in 2012

Commercial building energy expenditures:
$6.88 billion in 2012

Residential building energy expenditures:
$7.94 billion in 2012

Energy snapshot: According to EIA's 2009 state brief, New Jersey household energy consumption is among the highest in the county at 127 million Btu per year on average. Nearly half of this energy is for space heating. New Jersey homes are 20% larger than the national average.

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