The Southern Nevada Green Building Partnership (SNGBP) program allows production builders who construct single-family homes in Southern Nevada to exceed the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) in an "above code" program. The above code features required in the SNGBP program produce electric, gas, and water savings beyond current code requirements.
Sampling has been approved for "above code" programs by the Las Vegas jurisdictions by adopted local amendments. The SNGBP is an "above code" program that permits sampling of new homes that exceed the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Sampling inspects the energy features of one home in seven (15%) instead of inspecting every house (100%) as required by the 2012 IECC. The sampling protocols followed are established by the Energy Star for Homes Sampling Protocol Guidelines.
EnergyPro software will be used to review and validate the energy efficiency modeling performed by the builder's energy consultant required for participation in the SNGBP program. This software will allow builders to model and calculate several energy efficiency credits not recognized in REMRate. The software algorithms and energy credits have been established by field studies performed for hot and dry climates by consultants to the California Energy Commission (and currently used in the California Energy Code, Title 24, Part 6).
The SNGBP program is proposed to be effective December, 2014. Depending upon the Southern Nevada jurisdiction new homes must be built to the 2012 IECC beginning in July to September, 2014. All production homebuilders are encouraged to apply to the SNGBP program.