Nevada Building Codes and Contacts

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Current Commercial Code

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

2012 IECC with Nevada amendments
Passed 5/1/2014, effective 7/1/2015

Southern Nevada amendments to the 2012 IECC

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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 will become effective in 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

Keeping with the historical three-year cycle, Nevada should adopt the 2015 IECC sometime in 2018.

Nevada Code Contacts

Kevin Hill
Energy Efficiency Program Manager
Governor’s Office of Energy

Deana Cotroneo
Management Analyst
Governor’s Office of Energy

Ken Baker
Senior Manager, Codes
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

This information was compiled by the Building Codes Assistance Project, and used with their permission.