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Nebraska Revised Statute 81-1608


81-1608. Uniform energy efficiency standards; legislative findings.

The Legislature finds that consumers have an expectation that newly built houses or buildings they buy meet uniform energy efficiency standards. Therefor, the Legislature finds that there is a need to adopt the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code in order (1) to ensure that a minimum energy efficiency standard is maintained throughout the state, (2) to harmonize and clarify energy building code statutory references, (3) to ensure compliance with the National Energy Policy Act of 1992, (4) to increase energy savings for all Nebraska consumers, especially low-income Nebraskans, (5) to reduce the cost of state programs that provide assistance to low-income Nebraskans, (6) to reduce the amount of money expended to import energy, (7) to reduce the growth of energy consumption, (8) to lessen the need for new power plants, and (9) to provide training for local code officials and residential and commercial builders who implement the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code.



Laws 1980, LB 954, § 32; 
Laws 2004, LB 888, § 4; 
Laws 2011, LB329, § 4.


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Nebraska Revised Statute 81-1609

    81-1609. Terms, defined.

As used in sections 81-1608 to 81-1626, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) Office means the State Energy Office;

(2) Contractor means the person or entity responsible for the overall construction of any building or the installation of any component which affects the energy efficiency of the building;

(3) Architect or engineer means any person licensed as an architect or professional engineer under the Engineers and Architects Regulation Act;

(4) Building means any new structure, renovated building, or addition which is used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy, but not including any structure which has a consumption of traditional energy sources for all purposes not exceeding the energy equivalent of three and four-tenths British Thermal Units per hour or one watt per square foot;

(5) Residential building means a building three stories or less that is used primarily as one or more dwelling units;

(6) Renovation means alterations on an existing building which will cost more than fifty percent of the replacement cost of such building at the time work is commenced or which was not previously heated or cooled, for which a heating or cooling system is now proposed, except that the restoration of historical buildings shall not be included;

(7) Addition means an extension or increase in the height, conditioned floor area, or conditioned volume of a building or structure;

(8) Floor area means the total area of the floor or floors of a building, expressed in square feet, which is within the exterior faces of the shell of the structure which is heated or cooled;

(9) Nebraska Energy Code means the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code;

(10) Traditional energy sources means electricity, petroleum-based fuels, uranium, coal, and all nonrenewable forms of energy; and

(11) Equivalent or equivalent code means standards that meet or exceed the requirements of the Nebraska Energy Code.



Laws 1980, LB 954, § 33; 
Laws 1982, LB 799, § 6; 
Laws 1983, LB 124, § 10; 
Laws 1997, LB 622, § 126; 
Laws 2000, LB 1135, § 25; 
Laws 2004, LB 888, § 5; 
Laws 2011, LB329, § 5.


Cross References

Engineers and Architects Regulation Act, see section 81-3401.

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