New Mexico Residential Energy Code Field Study

The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and the Mozingo Code Group LLC will be working with the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) and the Construction Industries Division (CID) on a project with the purpose of identifying opportunities for energy code training and education, and workforce training, in new residential construction.

Buildings account for roughly 40 percent of the United States' energy consumption. Enhancing their efficiency will lead to a stronger economy, a cleaner environment, and significant energy savings for New Mexico home and business owners. With this goal in mind, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has provided funding for states to conduct residential field studies. The participation of builders and local building departments is crucial in supporting this important activity.

A second set of DOE funded studies in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah are currently moving into the training phase after the research of data collection in 2020. New Mexico is now joining the ranks of states to participate in this research project conducted in many of the surrounding states. The project includes collecting and analyzing data to establish the baseline energy use of typical new single-family residential buildings in the state, and conducting education, training, and outreach activities based on findings of the baseline study.

EMNRD working with CID and a select set of community colleges across the state will develop curriculum and education/training for the construction industry in support of these research findings.

Cooperation & Confidentiality

The reported data will not include any personally identifiable information (e.g., home addresses or builder names). Results will be reported at the state and climate zone level, and the purpose of the study is not to evaluate compliance based on individual homes.

Cooperation from builders and local building departments is essential to the success of the study. Key benefits include access to more targeted training opportunities, and greater knowledge about residential energy use in the state. The primary benefit is to help increase energy savings, which equates to significant utility cost savings to communities and homeowners across New Mexico.

Kickoff Meeting

The Residential Energy Code Field Study kickoff meeting was held virtually on January 11, 2022. The attendees included representation from the building industry, local governments, and other interested parties.

A video recording of the virtual meeting is located here.

To learn more about the field study, please contact jmeyers@swenergy.org.

Study Highlights

  • Results to be based on an energy metric and reported at the state level
  • Focuses on individual code requirements within new single-family, site-built homes
  • Data confidentiality built into the experiment
  • Designed around a single site visit prioritizing key items
  • Designed with statistically significant results in mind

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