Building Energy Code (New Mexico)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place New Mexico
Name Building Energy Code
Incentive Type Building Energy Code
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Code Change Cycle Generally reviewed at least every three years with the publication of the new editions of the model codes. Most recent code update effective January 28, 2011.
Commercial Code 2009 New Mexico Energy Conservation Code, based on 2009 IECC, mandatory statewide.

Residential Code 2009 New Mexico Energy Conservation Code, based on 2009 IECC, mandatory statewide.

Date added to DSIRE 2006-07-31
Last DSIRE Review 2013-10-30
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP websites.

The state traditionally adopts the current version of the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) Uniform Building Codes as a basis for all building codes. These codes are adopted by the state on a three-year code cycle corresponding with the publication of the ICBO Uniform Codes. Amendments, if any, to the current version of the MEC must first be proposed by a trade association or other construction group.

All residential and commercial structures, as defined in the MEC, are required to comply with the New Mexico energy code. Compliance and plan review requirements are those specified in the MEC. Plan review and enforcement is regulated by the local jurisdiction (when they elect to enforce the code) as required in the MEC. If the local jurisdiction does not elect to, or does not have personnel qualified to, enforce the code provisions, the Construction Industries Division provides the necessary reviews and inspections for residential buildings. Technical assistance is provided to the Construction Industries Division by the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department for commercial buildings. The Construction Industries Division reviews plans and inspects all state-owned or -funded buildings.

On January 28, 2011, the 2009 New Mexico Energy Conservation Code, based on 2009 IECC, took effect with a grace period lasting through July 1. 2011. As required by House Bill 610 of 2007, the residential code includes a requirement for new residential construction to account for the possibility of a solar system being installed in the future. New construction must include an electrical raceway connecting a future solar installation site with a future site for electrical equipment.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Fermin Aragon
Department New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department
Division Construction Industries Division
Address 725 St. Michael's Drive
Address 2 PO Box 25101
Place Santa Fe, New Mexico
Zip/Postal Code 87504
Phone (505) 827-7030


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"