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Energy Efficiency Policies and Practices in Nebraska

Residential and Commercial Sectors

Residential and commercial buildings account for 40% of energy use in the country.  These buildings where we live and work are affected by policies that provide minimum construction standards that reduce energy waste, provide financing options to help pay for energy upgrades, promote advancing energy efficiency through high-performance buildings that go beyond minimum requirements and techniques for taking advantage of the latest technologies in energy monitoring and control, and that ensure that as buildings become tighter that the health and safety of occupants are maintained.


Building Energy Codes in Nebraska

Code Level

Residential Energy Code

2009 IECC (effective 8/27/2011)

The 2011 Nebraska Energy Code

Commercial Energy Code

2009 IECC (effective 8/27/2011)

The 2011 Nebraska Energy Code

Authority

Authorized by Statute. The statutory authority for the Nebraska Energy Code is found in Nebraska Code 81-1608 through 81-1626. 2011's LB 329 upgraded the code from the 2003 IECC to the 2009 IECC (Revised Statutes 81-1608 and 81-1609). The energy code is mandatory statewide, though jurisdictions can adopt their own energy codes provided they are equivalent or more stringent than the statewide code.  The 2011 Nebraska Energy Code is found at Nebraska Administrative Code, Title 107.

Oversight – Under Nebraska Code 81-1612, the Nebraska Energy Office has regulatory jurisdiction over the energy code, as well as providing technical assistance.

Code change process – Legislative. Amendments, additions, or upgrades to the energy code are initiated by the State Energy Office (Nebraska Code 81-1612), subject to the provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act. The Energy Office staff prepare legislative language in conjunction with the Governor's office, and a legislator sponsors the bill which must be then approved by committee and the unicameral legislature and signed by the Governor.

Code change cycle – No set schedule. The Nebraska Energy Office reviews changes to the code, but the legislature has to adopt them.

Compliance

Enforcement Local jurisdictions enforce the Nebraska Energy Code within their boundaries, and the Nebraska Energy Office enforces the code for buildings that do not fall inside of a local code jurisdiction.

Implementation/Compliance Studies – The Building Codes Assistance Program reports that Nebraska has been engaged in a DOE-funded study of code compliance.

► Overview of building energy codes in the Midwest


Home Performance

In addition to building energy codes, states and utilities are often looking for ways to take buildings "beyond code" and achieve higher levels of energy savings. Home performance programs are becoming widespread in the region and offer a good best-practices example of a next step beyond baseline building energy code for states and utilities that are interested in achieving additional energy savings in residential buildings.

Summary of Home Peformance Programs in Nebraska
  Administrator Program Audit Fee Maximum Customer Benefit
Nebraska Nebraska has not yet implemented any home performance programs.

► Overview of home performance programs in the Midwest

 

Read the report that accompanies these pages:
Energy Efficiency Policies, Programs, and Practices in the Midwest:
A Resource Guide for Policymakers (2014 Edition)

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