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Northern Nevada Governments Adopt Energy Rating Index (ERI) Compliance Option to Municipal Energy Codes

Sep 27, 2016

Three municipalities and three counties in Northern Nevada have joined the ranks of states and municipalities that have adopted the 2015 IECC Energy Rating Index option.

The cities of Carson City, Fernley, Reno and Sparks and the counties of Lyon, Storey and Washoe have amended their energy codes based on the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to include an Energy Rating Index compliance option.

The Northern Nevada Energy Rating Index option for the 2012 IECC requires an Energy Rating Index score of 63 or lower.

The Energy Rating Index 2009 IECC backstop is also included in the amended 2012 IECC.  An exception was adopted that supply and return ducts not completely inside the building thermal envelope shall be insulated to a minimum of R-6.

To download the new Northern Nevada energy code go to 2015 NORTHERN NEVADA ENERGY CODE AMENDMENTS

In the state of Nevada in 2015 there were 5,065 homes rated according to the RESNET standards and issued a HERS® Index Score.  The average HERS® Index Score of homes rated in the state was 62.

RESNET and the International Code Council (ICC) presented a webinar on the Energy Rating Index Option to the 2015 IECC and the opportunities for certified RESNET HERS® Raters to be ICC certified Energy Code Inspectors.  To download the webinar go to https://vimeo.com/140228425

RESNET and the ICC have produced a video production explaining how HERS® can be used to demonstrated compliance to an energy code.  To view the video go to HERS® Index and Energy Codes

As a Preferred Education Provider, RESNET Accredited Training Providers can offer CEUs to code inspectors.  RESNET Training Providers who wish to offer this course need to complete the Application Form at /articles/application-to-offer-the-following-course-for-icc-ceu-credit/