Energy Code Exemption for Industrial Buildings Takes Effect March 1

An Energy Code exemption championed by REBIC and NAIOP will finally take effect this week, after the Rules Review Commission set an effective date of March 1, 2018, for N.C. Session Law 2017-10, formerly known as SB131.

Language in the bill, which was signed into law during the 2017 session of the General Assembly,  excludes from state Energy Efficiency Code requirements any buildings with the following use classifications:

  1. Factory Group F

  2. Storage Group S

  3. Utility & Miscellaneous Group U

Furthermore, language in the legislation introduced by Representative Bill Brawley ensures that the energy code exclusion ‘shall apply to the entire floor area of any structure’ included in the provision. This language was intended to prevent the office or showroom portion of a warehouse, industrial or manufacturing building from having to meet energy efficiency code requirements, when the majority of the structure does not.

Customers who plan to apply for permits to be issued on or after March 1 have the option of utilizing N.C. Session Law 2017-10. Again, this applies only to buildings with a primary occupancy of F, S or U.

For more information, please contact one of the following:

Patrick Granson, Director of Code Enforcement, 980-314-3434 Melanie Sellers, Director of Permitting & Plan Review, 980-314-3108 David Gieser, Director of Inspections, 980-314-3093

(Source:  Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement)

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