Nevada building codes set the standards for construction within the state, addressing factors like structural integrity, fire safety, and energy efficiency. These regulations help create secure and environmentally responsible buildings, ensuring the safety and well-being of residents and visitors alike. Compliance with Nevada’s building codes is vital for architects, builders, and property owners to meet high construction standards in the Silver State.
Current Commercial Code of Nevada
2012 IECC with Nevada amendments; ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010 as an acceptable compliance path through Chapter 5 of the 2012 IECC.
Passed 5/1/2014, effective 7/1/2015
Current Residential Code of Nevada
2012 IECC with Nevada amendments
Passed 5/1/2014, effective 7/1/2015
Climate Zones: 3B, 5B
Code Adoption and Change Process
Code Change Process
Regulatory: Before 2009, the state legislature was required to authorize the Nevada State Energy Office (NSOE) to make changes to the state energy code. However, after the establishment of NRS 701.220 through SB 73 in 2009, NSOE is required to promulgate rules to adopt the most recent version of the IECC every three years. Many local jurisdictions like Southern Nevada and the City of Las Vegas have adopted their own energy codes beyond the statewide minimum code.
Although Nevada has adopted the 2012 IECC statewide, municipalities then adopt the code individually. In January 2016, the city of Reno formally adopted the 2012 IECC; this code became effective July 2016.
Code Change Cycle
NRS 701.220 requires NSOE to promulgate regulations adopting the most recent version of the IECC on or before July 1, 2015 and on or before July 1 of every third year thereafter.
Next Code Update
Nevada plans to adopt the 2015 IECC on July 1, 2018. The state will start the process in January 2017 to educate and obtain feedback from stakeholders. Nevada also plans to hold four stakeholder training workshops/webinars during 2017.
|July 1, 2015||The new energy codes become effective. The residential code is based on the 2012 IECC with Nevada amendments. The commercial code is based on the 2012 IECC with Nevada amendments with ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010 as an acceptable compliance path through Chapter 5 of the 2012 IECC. Local jurisdictions may not adopt less efficient energy codes|
|May 2014||The Nevada State Energy Office (NSOE) adopts the 2012 IECC.|
|December 30, 2011||NSOE adopts final regulations (LCB File No. R024-11). These regulations will become effective July 1, 2012.|
|July 5, 2011||The 2009 IECC with amendments becomes effective in the city of Las Vegas.|
|May 26, 2011||The Nevada Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Authority (REEEA) hosts a workshop to accept written and oral public comments on the state’s rulemaking process to adopt the 2009 IECC as required under NRS 701.220. Three regulation hearings are scheduled for the summer around the state.|
|April 6, 2011||The Las Vegas City Council adopts the SNBO amendments to the 2009 IECC.|
|January 2011||The Nevada Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Authority (REEEA) holds stakeholder meetings on January 11th in Reno and January 12th in Las Vegas to provide building jurisdiction, building professional and interested parties an opportunity to work with REEEA to develop the process for meeting 90% compliance with the 2009 IECC by 2017.|
|October 2010||REEEA opens a rulemaking to adopt, amend, or repeal regulations to update the state energy code to the 2009 IECC. The Nevada Energy Commissioner must conduct at least three hearings on proposed regulations in different locations in the state and give 30 days notice for each hearing.|
|September 2010||The Southern Nevada Building Officials approve the 2009 Amendments for Southern Nevada for use within its eight member jurisdictions, including Las Vegas and the surrounding areas.|
|May 22, 2009||Governor Jim Gibbons signs into law legislation (SB 73 and SB 358) that revises the process of updating the state’s building energy codes by establishing the standards adopted by the NSOE as the minimum standards for building energy efficiency and conservation. The law requires local governments to adopt the codes set by the Office of Energy and to enforce them (they are also allowed to adopt more stringent standards provided they give notice to the Office of Energy). The law mandates the adoption of the most recent version of the IECC and requires the adoption of the most recent updated version of the IECC every three years. The Office of Energy must still hold public hearings in three different locations in the state after giving 30 days’ notice of such hearings before adopting any new standards.|
|June 17, 2005||The 2003 IECC becomes mandatory for all jurisdictions that did not have an energy code in effect by the beginning of 2005, when Nevada Chapter 701 was passed. REScheck and COMcheck can be used to show compliance for the envelope and mechanical only.|
|Fall 1993||The Nevada Office of Community Services is dissolved.|
|July 8, 1988||Nevada adopts the “Regulations for the Conservation of Energy in New Building Construction”, formulated based on the 1986 MEC with minor state amendments. This code is applicable only in areas where the local jurisdiction has not previously adopted an energy code. This remains the basis for the statewide energy code.|
|1985||The legislature gives the Nevada Office of Community Services authority to formulate new statewide standards for energy conservation in new buildings.|
|1983||The Nevada Department of Energy is disbanded. Between 1983 and 1986, the state does not support or enforce the energy code.|
|January 1, 1978||Nevada’s first energy code, “Energy Conservation Standards for New Building Construction,” is adopted. This code, based on ASHRAE Standard 90-75, was written by the state and formulated by the Nevada Department of Energy. All cities and counties are required to enforce the energy code requirements.|
News and Events
- Northern Nevada Welcomes a New Compliance Path September 28, 2016
- Nebraska Energy Code Compliance Collaborative: A Case Study On An Emerging Best Practice November 5, 2013
- Compliance Collaboratives Convene To Share Lessons Learned August 29, 2013
Cosimina has been a member of BCAP for over a decade, actively contributing to the organization’s nationally acclaimed initiatives aimed at assisting states and local authorities in the establishment and enforcement of robust and efficient building energy codes. Her involvement spans across advocacy, technical guidance, outreach programs, and the formation of strategic coalitions.