Building Energy Code (North Dakota)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place North Dakota
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

Commercial Code Compliance with the 2009 IECC is required required in any jurisdiction that has adopted the State Building Code.

Residential Code Compliance with either the 2009 IECC or Chapter 11 of the 2009 IRC is required required in any jurisdiction that has adopted the State Building Code.

Date added to DSIRE 2006-08-02
Last DSIRE Review 2012-10-18

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 1993 State Legislature updated the state energy code to the 1989 Model Energy Code (MEC) and established a procedure to update the standard. Then in 1995, following consultation with an advisory group, the energy code was updated to the 1993 MEC with reference made to the ASHRAE Standard 90.1 - 1989 for commercial structures.

Statewide enforcement is not required by the state energy code. State or local government-owned and -funded buildings are covered by the code, as well as buildings receiving federal grants from the OIA. Enforcement is not required at the local level unless the code is adopted by a local jurisdiction.

In May 1999, the North Dakota Association of Building for the North Dakota Office of Intergovernmental Assistance conducted a study on the Energy Efficiency Levels of Newly Constructed Homes in N.D. The study concluded that new homes built then in 1999 met or exceeded 1993 MEC standards.

In May 2009, the state legislature passed SB 2352 removing the voluntary energy code (the 1993 MEC and ASHRAE 90.1-1989) from state law effective August 2009 and placing it under the purview of the North Dakota State Building Code. The state Building Code Advisory Committee now has the authority to make recommendations that could include energy standards in future editions of the State Building Code.

On January 1st, 2011 the new State Building Code went into effect. The 2009 IECC is included by reference. In the 2009 IRC builders have the option to use either Chapter 11 or the 2009 IECC. In the 2009 IBC, chapter 13 states builders will use the 2009 IECC.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Bruce Hagen
Department Dept. of Commerce
Division Division of Community Services
Address 1600 E. Century Ave, Suite 2
Place Bismarck, North Dakota
Zip/Postal Code 58503
Phone (701) 328-5300


  • 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)"