ICC and Mexico partner to develop energy-efficiency code

The International Code Council (ICC) and Calidad and Sustentabilidad en la Edificación A.C. (CASEDI) have announced the publication of Mexico's first energy-efficiency code, the Mexico Conservation Code for Buildings. ICC, CASEDI, Mexico's National Commission for Energy Efficiency (CONUEE) and the Secretaría de Energía (SENER) compiled the code based on ICC's International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

The code contains the requirements for nonresidential buildings (including mixed occupancies), as well as residential buildings with fewer than three stories. The comprehensive code establishes minimum requirements for energy-efficient buildings for the entire country and allows the use of prescriptive and performance provisions. The code also permits the use of new energy-efficiency designs and materials.

CONUEE is working closely with local authorities in select municipalities to ensure the Mexico Conservation Code for Buildings is adapted, adopted and implemented. The outreach efforts significantly will be expanded in the months ahead.