Mexico

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Code Development

Summary

Mexico is currently developing its national building code. The proposed code is based U.S.'s International Code Council methodology. Currently, Mexico relies on official and voluntary standards. Although mandatory, official standards must be incorporated into local construction regulations to be implementable. 

Start Year

Start Year Range

2000 - 2009

Revision Schedule

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Existing Code Coverage

  • Commercial
Stakeholder Engagement

  • Working group
Best Practices

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Code Implementation - Compliance & Enforcement

Administrative/Enforcement Structures

Enforcement model: The federal government supervises the enforcement process by the accredited Verification Units (UV). A UV has to check the design (on paper) and the actual construction (on site) to present its Statement on Technical Approval (“Dictamen”). However, only two or three such accredited enforcement agencies exist at the moment, thus, raising issues about compliance capacity. At the local level, the model requires local authorities to request a “Dictamen” from an accredited UV to grant a construction permit. For HVAC, the power utility requests a “Dictamen” from an accredited UV to grant a new connection contract.

Compliance Checking on Design

NA, compliance varies by jurisdiction – refer to country information sheet for details

Compliance Checking on Construction

NA, compliance varies by jurisdiction – refer to country information sheet for details

Compliance Checking on Pre-Occupancy

NA, compliance varies by jurisdiction – refer to country information sheet for details

Air Tightness testing

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Commissioning before occupancy

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Commissioning after occupancy

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Compliance Software Residential

Yes, Software exists

Name of Software

For EPCs: Herramienta de cálculo de la Norma Oficial Mexicana NOM-020-ENER-2011

Short description

No software exists, except to calculate building performance for the building energy labels showing solar heat gain under standards NOM-020 and NOM -008. The software program can be found here: http://www.conuee.gob.mx/wb/Conuee/herramientas_y_aplicaciones.

Compliance Software Non-Residential

Yes, Software exists

Name of Software

For EPCs: Herramienta de cálculo de la Norma Oficial Mexicana NOM-008-ENER-2001

Short description

No software exists, except to calculate building performance for the building energy labels showing solar heat gain under standards NOM-020 and NOM -008. The software program can be found here: http://www.conuee.gob.mx/wb/Conuee/herramientas_y_aplicaciones.

Penalties for non-compliance

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Other penalties

Fines are also possible

Incentives and Recognition program for compliance

  • Finance/Loans/Ratings

Short description

The biggest encouragement is access to financing/loans that require incorporating energy efficient elements into construction and renovation. Such programs target construction companies, real estate companies, owners.

Compliance Rate monitoring

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Compliance Rate Publicised

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Compliance Lessons Learned

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Compliance Energy Use Statistics

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Compliance Rate in %

NA, Check Country Information Sheet for details

Capacity Building and Education

Awareness Raising

  • Awareness raising
  • Resourse kits
  • Compliance Training
  • Online resources -
  • Professional Curriculum
  • Other

Other awareness raising

Nationally Agreed Mitigation Action (NAMA) for Buildings

Short description

Mexico is implementing a NAMA to increase overall number of energy efficient homes. It involves development of three performance benchmarks (and ambition levels) for the residential sector: EcoCasa 1; EcoCasa 2; and Passive House: each with associated technical and finance needs. Training & capacity building are core elements for a range of technical and professional needs. Resources and web-support will be established. 

Building materials

Building Materials Ratings

  • Reference standards included in codes
  • Tested by certified test labs

Short description

NOM -018-ENER rates U-value and other parameters. Building materials are tested by certified labs. Labs are certified by Entidad Mexicana de Acreditación and have to be approved by CONUEE (La Comisión Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energía).

Energy Performance Certificates

EPC Implementation

  • EPCs replace codes in some areas

Short description

The national legislation requires labels that disclose solar heat gain information for buildings, such labels replace a standard that would limit solar heat gain, i.e., there is no limit on solar heat gain.