Green Building Codes

Mayor Lioneld Jordan and Alderman Matthew Petty requested that staff research the options available to the City for strengthening commercial and residential building code standards with a specific focus on energy efficiency and indoor air quality. This initiative is consistent with Fayetteville’s sustainability efforts as well as the Mayor’s endorsement of the International Green Construction Code at the 2010 U.S. Conference of Mayor’s meeting.

A residential building code task force was formed comprised of local home builders, architects and energy performance consultants and was tasked with researching, modeling, and devleoping a reommendation for the adoption of energy code changes.   After researching home energy modeling and national standards, and comparing those standards to State and municipal code, the task force and City staff recommended adopting the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for residential structures with the additional requirement for a Home Energy Rating (HERS) for all new residential structures. 

City Council adopted the 2009 IECC for residential structures on July 17, 2012.  The scope of the IECC includes residential single-family housing and multifamily housing three stories or less above grade.  All new residential construction shall have a home energy rating completed by an independent RESNET certified home energy rater, or equivalent, prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.  Compliance with the code for new construction, additions and substantial remodels was required as of September 3, 2012.