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Low-Income and Environmental Advocates Applaud New Mexico’s New Energy Conservation Building Code

[ALBUQUERQUE, NM] – The New Mexico Construction Industries Commission (CIC) voted this morning to adopt a statewide energy conservation code based on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) — with some New Mexico specific amendments. This new code will bring New Mexico up to date with its energy code for new buildings, reducing energy use in new residential and commercial buildings by about 25 percent.

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