The International Code Council supports the building industry and communities at the frontline of tackling a changing climate

Washington, D.C. – Today’s celebration of Earth Day reflects the global efforts to chart a path forward to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve the energy efficiency of buildings. The tools and solutions provided by the International Code Council to create a more efficient and sustainable built environment play an essential role in tackling both climate adaptation and mitigation. 

According to the International Energy Agency, buildings and construction consume 36 percent of global energy and, through the materials they use and their ongoing operations, buildings contribute almost 40 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, all of which has a significant impact on the planet. As the developer of model codes that protect occupants from natural hazards, support energy efficiency and green construction and provide solutions that support their effective use, the Code Council is committed to delivering the solutions needed to meet Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) through zero energy buildings and greenhouse gas reductions. 

“Achieving the NDC target announced by the Biden Administration will require innovations and adjustments within many sectors of the U.S. economy,” said Code Council CEO Dominic Sims, CBO. “With the recent launch of our energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction framework  including the commitment to develop an International Energy Conservation Code that includes zero energy building and greenhouse gas reduction requirements, we offer a range of robust tools that will enable energy efficient buildings to contribute to reaching the targets announced today.”

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and International Green Construction Code (IgCC) have been at the core of delivering energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions in buildings. The 2021 IECC already delivers significant savings towards the NDCS, increasing efficiency requirements by about 40 percent over the 2006 edition. The 2021 IECC is only 10 percent away from net zero for residential buildings. The IgCC powered by ASHRAE Standard 189.1 provides a whole systems approach to the design, construction and operation of buildings including measures that result in better indoor environments, lower impact on natural resources, better neighborhood connections, and improved walkability.  

“Buildings are central to society. When designed and constructed properly, they protect us from the elements of nature and allow us to withstand hazards,” said Code Council Vice President of Innovation Ryan Colker. “At the same time, buildings have significant environmental impact. Whether advancing building codes and standards that are responsive to changing risks or reducing the energy and GHG impacts of buildings or engaging with key partners to chart a common path forward, the need is clear and the Code Council will continue to advance its vision of creating safe, affordable, and sustainable buildings and communities.” 

The Code Council is also partnering with leading organizations in support of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funded initiatives to advance the use of distributed energy resources. The Sustainable Energy Advisory Committee (SEAC) administered by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is focused on developing solutions to advance the deployment of solar energy systems, energy storage systems, demand response, and energy efficiency. The Code Council is a member of the SEAC Steering Committee.  

The Code Council has been active in supporting policies to advance progress. Current legislative priorities include the Built to Last Act introduced by Senators Baldwin and Rubio and Representative Cartwright to provide authoritative federal climate science data to codes and standards developers and others.

Furthering its global activities, the Code Council is the newest member of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (Global ABC), the leading global platform for governments, the private sector, civil society and intergovernmental and international organizations to increase action towards a zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector.

For more on the Code Council’s involvement to address the changing climate, read “Buildings and Communities are at the Frontline of Tackling a Changing Climate.

Resources supporting adoption of and compliance with the IECC plus resources and model policies for zero energy buildings and decarbonation are featured here.

About the International Code Council
The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.

Colombia revises plumbing standard based on 2018 International Plumbing Code

Washington, D.C. –  The Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificación (ICONTEC) recently released the Colombian technical standard 1500 Hydraulic and Sanitary Installations (NTC 1500). This was adopted and modified from the 2018 International Plumbing Code (IPC), which is developed and published by the International Code Council.

The International Code Council and ICONTEC have had a long-standing collaboration since 2008, when the two organizations set the initial framework for developing the Colombian Plumbing Code. The previous edition of the Colombian Plumbing Code was based on the 2009 IPC, which the Code Council and ICONTEC had signed into agreement in March 2011. In November 2020, the two organizations signed a new agreement to update the Colombia Plumbing Code based on the 2018 IPC.

The NTC 1500 standard includes provisions applicable to the assembly, installation, modification, repair, relocation, replacement, extension, use and maintenance of hydraulic and sanitary installation systems. The appendices are non-mandatory unless specifically adopted.

While NTC 1500 is voluntary, the Colombian Ministry of Housing, City and Territory is consulting it in order to elaborate a mandatory regulation.

“The Code Council is proud to continue working alongside ICONTEC to ensure Colombian design and construction professionals in the plumbing field are up-to-date with the I-Codes,” said Code Council Executive Vice President Mark Johnson, “Water and sanitation standards are a global priority to maintain public health. Our continual collaboration to update the Colombian Plumbing Code helps us move forward with this mission.”

“ICONTEC appreciates the support given by the ICC throughout the process of adoption and ratification of our NTC 1500 standard,” said ICONTEC Standards Projects Manager, Ayleen Vanessa Bogoya Jerez. “We look forward to continue working with the ICC to stay at the forefront of hydraulic and sanitary issues.”


About the International Code Council
The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.

About the Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificación
The Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificación is a private, non-profit organization, with wide international coverage; created in 1963 with the aim of responding to the needs of different economic sectors, through services that are specific to the development and competitiveness of organizations, through the trust generated in their products and services. ICONTEC provides standardization, education and conformity assessment services.

Countdown: Two weeks until Building Safety Month

Washington, D.C. – As we continue the countdown toward the kickoff of the 41st annual Building Safety Month, the International Code Council and its members encourage those interested in building safety to join in this year’s virtual activities. Featuring four weeks of educational panel sessions, seminars and more, the goal of the global campaign is to raise awareness about the important role of building codes in making our communities safe, resilient and sustainable.

With weekly themes – Energy and Innovation, Training the Next Generation, Water Safety and Disaster Preparedness Building Safety Month 2021 is addressing crucial topics that are currently top-of-mind for society. After all, our buildings – whether commercial or residential – are continuing to experience an evolution as our needs evolve and building codes and standards continue to play a pivotal role in meeting these new demands.

“As a leader in building safety, we understand the importance modern and innovative building codes have on society, especially as the emphasis continues to be placed on creating safe and sustainable buildings,” said Code Council Board of Directors President Greg Wheeler, CBO. “Building Safety Month both celebrates the strides we’ve made in building safety, as well as raises awareness for the critical role of code officials and building codes and standards in ensuring the structural integrity of our buildings.”

This year’s foundation sponsor is the American Gas Association, while other sponsors include 4 Leaf, Inc, American Concrete Institute and State Farm.To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, click here. More information about Building Safety Month, including details regarding virtual events, can be found at: www.buildingsafetymonth.org. Interested individuals can also follow along on social media using the hashtag #BuildingSafety365.

Additional links:

  • Register for upcoming educational sessions, here.
  • View and download this year’s campaign poster, here.
  • Download resized posters for your website and social media platforms, here.
  • View Building Safety Month campaign video, here.


About the International Code Council
The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.

Deadline to submit applications to IECC Development Committees fast approaching

Washington, D.C. –  The application submission period for the 2024 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) Development Committees will close on Friday, April 23 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Under the Code Council’s new frameworkLeading the Way to Energy Efficiency: A Path Forward on Energy and Sustainability to Confront a Changing Climate, the IECC will be developed by the combined efforts of a Residential Energy Code Consensus Committee and a Commercial Energy Code Consensus Committee.

The committee members are an essential component of updating the IECC. The responsibilities of the committees include reviewing and evaluating public input, considering the market-readiness of technologies, and producing a code that meets the requirements contained in the new scope, intent and principles.  Applicants should represent at least one of the nine identified interest groups – manufacturers, builders, standards promulgators/testing laboratories, users, utilities, consumers, public segments, government regulators and insurance. All appointments will be consistent with Code Council Policies 7 and 12 and the Code Council’s Consensus Procedures.

“The IECC Development Committees give dedicated professionals the opportunity to advance the vision and work required to help communities and the building sector meet energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction goals,” said Dominic Sims, CBO, Chief Executive Officer of the Code Council. “The new framework for the IECC ensures continuous maintenance, ongoing participation of a diverse group of experts and the flexibility to incorporate provisions responsive to technological advances.”

All interested parties are encouraged to apply to participate on the Residential Energy Code Consensus Committee or Commercial Energy Code Consensus Committee by visiting www.iccsafe.org/energy.

For additional information, read the FAQs. The executive summary and full framework are available online.


About the International Code Council
The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.

International Code Council joins the Global Alliance for Building and Construction

Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council has become the newest member of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC), the leading global platform for governments, the private sector, civil society and intergovernmental and international organizations to increase action towards a zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector. As the global leader in developing model building codes and standards, the Code Council is uniquely positioned to both share data and best practices from the U.S. experience as well as to bring proven outcomes and lessons learned from the alliance partners from around the world to the Family of Solutions.

Established as an outcome of the 2015 United Nations climate conference, GlobalABC’s flagship contribution to the international discussion of energy efficiency and resiliency is the Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction, published annually. The Global Status Report is a reference document providing a snapshot of the progress made by the buildings and construction sector on a global basis towards the achievement of international commitments related to reductions of CO2 emissions and energy demand. As an active member of GlobalABC predominantly representing its U.S.-based activity, the Code Council will work with government and industry stakeholders to ensure that the Global Status Report includes relevant data from the U.S., as well as to promote its use as a tool to help achieve the Nationally Determined Contribution on greenhouse gas emissions reductions to be announced by the Biden Administration later this month.

“The adoption of modern building codes that incorporate technical solutions to address communities’ energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction goals are essential in addressing climate change,” said International Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “Partnering with GlobalABC aligns with the Code Council’s commitment to develop resources that will help jurisdictions to reach zero energy buildings and address additional community goals. We look forward to engaging with like-minded organizations to help deliver a sustainable and resilient built environment,” Sims concluded.

“Like the International Code Council, GlobalABC focuses both on mitigation and adaptation tools to address future climate risks,” added International Code Council Vice President for Innovation and Executive Director of the Alliance for National & Community Resilience Ryan Colker. “Our work through ANCR and in leading the Global Resiliency Dialogue also brings value to the work of GlobalABC,” Colker noted. International Code Council Vice President for Global Services Judy Zakreski  added, “We have a unique and nimble position in our international collaborations as a non-governmental organization with a robust set of solutions and a wide group of stakeholders, which we can leverage to promote discussion and effect change in global approaches to building safety through organizations like GlobalABC.” 

About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.

The International Code Council kicks off the 2021 Committee Action Hearings this weekend

Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council Committee Action Hearings will begin Sunday, April 11, and run through May 5, 2021. This year’s virtual hearings offer code officials, architects, builders, plumbing officials, contractors, engineers, and fire and energy conservation professionals the opportunity to provide input on the proposed code changes to the Group A International Codes (I-Codes). The I-Codes are a family of model codes used throughout the world that establish minimum requirements for the construction and maintenance of safe, sustainable buildings.

The Group A Codes include:

  • International Building Code
  • International Fire Code
  • International Fuel Gas Code
  • International Mechanical Code
  • International Plumbing Code
  • International Private Sewage Disposal Code
  • International Property Maintenance Code
  • International Residential Code
  • International Swimming Pool and Spa Code
  • International Wildland-Urban Interface Code
  • International Zoning Code

“The virtual code hearings allow us to continue our development of the 2024 I-Codes while also ensuring the health and safety of hearing participants, which is our number one priority,” said Dominic Sims, CBO, Chief Executive Officer of the Code Council. “The hearings are a highly collaborative process to which we welcome participation from a diverse group of industry professionals.”

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About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.

International Code Council to host fall conference and code hearings in Pittsburgh

Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council will host its 2021 Annual Conference and Group A Public Comment Hearings from September 19-28 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The conference brings together professionals from every sector of the building industry to learn new skills, share best practices, and hear from leading professionals in the building safety and construction space. Immediately following the conference, attendees will participate in the Group A Public Comment Hearings on the development of the 2024 International Codes, the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the world.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will have additional measures in place to allow our members, stakeholders and employees to gather together safely. In addition to the in-person event, some sessions will be offered virtually. More details about the schedule are forthcoming.

“After making the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event, we are very excited to safely host this year’s in-person conference and hearings,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “We will strictly follow the recommended precautions to ensure the health and safety of all our attendees. The 2021 event will offer training and networking opportunities for industry professionals looking to learn from top experts and discuss the latest innovations in building technology.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Download the 2021 Visibility Prospectus to learn more.

For additional information, visit www.iccsafe.org/conference.

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About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.

International Code Council announces its spring education event: ICC Learn Live

Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council announced its spring virtual education, ICC Learn Live. Taking place on April 19-22, 2021, the virtual event will include a series of panel sessions and keynotes from experts across the building industry.

The Spring ICC Learn Live event will address the most pressing issues and priorities for building safety professionals such as off-site construction, managing the cannabis industry, communications tactics for code officials and overviews of the significant changes to the 2021 International Codes (I-Codes). Educational sessions will offer continuing education units (CEUs).

The week’s sessions will cover:

  • Monday, April 19: Building Safety Industry Updates
  • Tuesday, April 20: Leadership and Support
  • Wednesday, April 21: Building Safety Industry Trends
  • Thursday, April 22: 2021 International Code Significant Changes

In Fall 2020, the Code Council hosted its inaugural Learn Live event as the next step in the association’s strategy to provide building code officials, construction workers, and relevant parties with the resources and tools necessary to adapt.

 “The success of our first ICC Learn Live has encouraged us to make the spring event even more personalized and informational for our attendees,” said Code Council Chief Knowledge Officer, Joan O’Neil. “We hope our attendees will walk away with valuable leadership skills and in-depth knowledge on emerging building technologies and industry trends.”

Opportunities to sponsor ICC Learn Live event are available. Learn more and add your company’s name to the list of Learn Live supporters here.

For more information on the various sessions and to register for ICC Learn Live, click here.

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About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide. 

ASHRAE and International Code Council release new International Green Construction Code User’s Manual

Washington, D.C. – ASHRAE and the International Code Council have announced the release of the 2018 International Green Construction Code® (IgCC®) User’s Manual. The manual provides readers an understanding of the requirements of the code and how those requirements may be met. The publication contains sample calculations, forms to demonstrate compliance, and references to helpful resources and websites.

“ASHRAE remains committed to providing sustainability strategies to improve indoor air quality and building performance,” said 2020-21 ASHRAE President Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E. “The IgCC User’s Manual offers a clear roadmap to the specific requirements of the 2018 IgCC with provisions that promote sustainable construction in an integrated fashion.”

“As the demand for green building design, construction and operational techniques continues to grow, the IgCC remains one of the many strong solutions that help communities establish sustainable, resilient, high-performance buildings,” said Code Council Executive Vice President Mark Johnson. “The new IgCC user’s manual provides resources that aid the career development of building safety professionals, which is key to our efforts to welcome the next generation of industry leaders and lead the way to sustainable and resilient building.”

The user’s manual is intended to support the entire building industry, including architects, engineers, contractors, building officials, and other building professionals applying the 2018 IgCC. The publication offers a corresponding chapter for each chapter of the 2018 IgCC.

The 2018 IgCC was developed to align the technical requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/ICC/USGBC/IES 189.1-2017-Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low Rise Residential Buildings, with the Code Council’s multi-stakeholder IgCC. The 2018 IgCC – the first full integrated edition developed cooperatively by the Code Council and ASHRAE – is a unified code that emphasizes adoption, ease of use and enforcement for building projects. It helps governments streamline code development and adoption and improve building industry standardization.

The 2018 IgCC User’s Manual is now available for preorder.

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About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide. 

About ASHRAE

Founded in 1894, ASHRAE is a global professional society committed to serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and their allied fields. As an industry leader in research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE and its members are dedicated to promoting a healthy and sustainable built environment for all, through strategic partnerships with organizations in the HVAC&R community and across related industries.

Code Council opens applications for its IECC Development Committees

Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council has announced its call for committees for the development of its 2024 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Under the Code Council’s new framework, Leading the Way to Energy Efficiency: A Path Forward on Energy and Sustainability to Confront a Changing Climate, the IECC will be developed by the combined efforts of a Residential Energy Code Consensus Committee and a Commercial Energy Code Consensus Committee.

The responsibilities of the committees include:

  • Reviewing and evaluating public input in accordance with the requirements of the Code Council’s Consensus Procedures, and building consensus to incorporate input that advances the code’s new scope, intent and principles;
  • Ensuring any interested public party has the opportunity to provide input on components such as recommending changes to the IECC and commenting on proposed changes;
  • Considering the market-readiness of technologies to be incorporated into the code; and
  • Producing a code that meets the requirements contained in the new scope, intent and principles.

The goal is to include approximately 30 members for each committee that represent a diverse array of experience in building types and energy efficiency strategies, as well as racial, gender and socio-economic diversity. Committee members can represent nine different interest groups – manufacturers, builders, standards promulgators/testing laboratories, users, utilities, consumers, public segments, government regulators and insurance. No single category will constitute more than one-third of the membership of any committee. One third of the seats on the committees will be filled by government regulators, who will also serve as committee chairs. All appointments will be consistent with Code Council Policies 7 and 12 and the Code Council’s Consensus Procedures.

“Updated every three years, the IECC will ensure wide adoption and cost effectiveness through continuous maintenance to allow ongoing discussion and the incorporation of provisions responsive to changes in building technology,” said Dominic Sims, CBO, Chief Executive Officer of the Code Council. “As we build out the IECC Development Committees, we are looking for dedicated professionals who are fully committed to the vision and work necessary to help communities and the building sector meet energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction goals.”

All interested parties are encouraged to apply to participate on the Residential Energy Code Consensus Committee or Commercial Energy Code Consensus Committee by visiting www.iccsafe.org/energy. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 23, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PT.

For additional information, read the FAQs. The executive summary and full framework are available online.

About the International Code Council
The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.