Nebraska Building Codes and Contacts

The following information is reprinted with permission from the Building Codes Assistance Project:
Nebraska climate zones
Current Commercial Code

2011 Nebraska Energy Code, based on the 2009 IECC with NE administrative amendments; ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 is an acceptable compliance path through Chapter 5 of the 2009 IECC.
Passed 4/14/2011, effective 8/27/2011

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Current Residential Code

2011 Nebraska Energy Code, based on the 2009 IECC with NE administrative amendments
passed 4/14/2011, effective 8/27/2011

Enforcement: The Nebraska Energy Code, codified in Nebraska Administrative Code Title 107, is mandatory for all jurisdictions enforcing an energy code. Local jurisdictions may adopt their own codes, but state law requires that these local codes be of equal or greater stringency to the current Nebraska Energy Code. If a town or county has not adopted an energy code or does not wish to adopt an energy code, the Nebraska Energy Office will enforce the code in that jurisdiction.

The code applies to new residential and commercial construction as well as renovations that will cost more than 50 percent of the replacement cost of the building. There are some exemptions from the code, including historic buildings, modular housing units, mobile homes, and renovations that will cost less than 50 percent of the replacement cost of the building.

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Climate Zone: 5A

Code Adoption and Change Process

Code Change Process

Legislative: In Nebraska, the authority to update the state’s energy code lies with the Unicameral Legislature. Before a bill is introduced, Nebraska Energy Office (NEO) staff consult with the Governor’s office and community stakeholders as they develop legislative language. When the language is deemed satisfactory, the Governor’s office selects a legislator to introduce the bill, which is assigned to a committee by the Speaker of the Legislature. Successful legislation would be approved by the committee and the full chamber, ultimately being signed into law by the Governor. In general, non-emergency laws become effective 90 days after the Legislature adjourns sine die.

Code Change Cycle

No set schedule. The Nebraska Energy Office reviews every model code edition as it is published, though it is up to the Legislature whether or not to update the state code.

Next Code Update

NEO has plans to review the latest editions of the model codes, but the likely timeline for this process is not clear.

Nebraska Code Contacts

Danielle Jensen
Public and Legislative Liaison
Nebraska Energy Office
Email: danielle.jensen@nebraska.gov

Lynn Chamberlin
Building Program Specialist
Nebraska Energy Office
Email: lynn.chamberlin@nebraska.gov

Isaac Elnecave
Senior Policy Manager
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)
Email: ielnecave@mwalliance.org

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