Building and energy conservation codes are in place to provide minimum standards and requirements for energy efficiency in new and existing homes across North Carolina.  These codes protect residents from high energy costs and offer other benefits including health, safety, comfort and more.

New Homes in NC

New homes in North Carolina must be built to the state approved Building Code and Energy Conservation Code.  NC’s Energy Conservation Code is currently set at the 2009 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (2009 IECC) plus added amendments chosen by North Carolina.

Existing Homes in NC

Both building and energy codes are managed by the North Carolina Department of Insurance’s Office of State Fire Marshal, which includes the North Carolina Building Code Council.

Know your rights when it comes to minimum code requirements for energy efficiency:

  •  Click here for a helpful guide that will help you know your rights when building a new home or remodeling an existing home.
  • Click here for a fact sheet from the EPA on the benefits of building and energy codes.
  • Click here to view “A Consumer Guide to Minimum Standards for Energy Efficiency”.
  • Click here for an interactive guide to energy codes.