Apply to serve on the 2024 IECC Development Committees

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The application period for the 2024 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) Development Committees is now open.

Committee members are an essential component of updating the IECC, the minimum set of requirements for energy efficiency used by communities around the world. Our communities need talented, dedicated, and experienced individuals to help guide the future of the IECC.

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.

Considerable effort, hard work, and commitment to the scope and intent of the IECC is expected of each committee member. Applicants should be prepared to fully participate in the committee’s work including multiple meetings a month and responding to committee correspondence if they are appointed. Committee members will serve for a period of approximately three years.

Most meetings will be held virtually. For in-person meetings, Code Council governmental member representatives are authorized to travel at ICC’s expense. All others are responsible for funding their participation on this committee.

Applications are due by Friday, April 23, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PT. Please contact Mike Pfeiffer, Senior Vice President of Technical Services, at mpfeiffer@iccsafe.org with questions.

Learn more at www.iccsafe.org/energy

Call for Committees: International Energy Conservation Code

The application period for the 2024 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) Development Committees is now open.

Committee members are an essential component of updating the IECC, the minimum set of requirements for energy efficiency used by communities around the world. Our communities need talented, dedicated, and experienced individuals to help guide the future of the IECC.

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.

Considerable effort, hard work, and commitment to the scope, intent and principles of the IECC is expected of each committee member. Applicants should be prepared to fully participate in the committee’s work including multiple meetings a month and responding to committee correspondence if they are appointed. Committee members will serve for a period of approximately three years.

Most meetings will be held virtually. For in-person meetings, Code Council governmental member representatives are authorized to travel at ICC’s expense. All others are responsible for funding their participation on this committee.

Applications are due by Friday, April 23, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PT. Please contact Mike Pfeiffer, Senior Vice President of Technical Services, at mpfeiffer@iccsafe.org with questions.

Standards Development Interest Categories

A. Manufacturer: Individuals assigned to the Manufacturer Interest category are those who represent the interests of an entity, including an association of such entities that produces an assembly or system subject to the provisions within the committee scope.

B. Builder: Individuals assigned to the Builder Interest category are those who represent the interests of an entity, including an association of such entities that builds, installs or maintains an assembly or system subject to the provisions within the committee scope.

C. Standards Promulgator/Testing Laboratory: Individuals assigned to the Standards Promulgator/Testing Laboratory Interest category are those who represent the interests of an entity, including an association of such entities that provides independent standards promulgation or laboratory testing of an assembly or system subject to the provisions within the committee scope.

D. User: Individuals assigned to the User Interest category are those who represent the interests of an entity, including an association of such entities, which is subject to the provisions or voluntarily utilize the provisions within the committee scope, including designers, architects, consultants and building owners.

E. Utility: Individuals assigned to the Utility category are those who represent the interests of an entity, including an association of such entities, which supplies power or water or accepts wastewater from an assembly or system subject to the provisions within the committee scope.

F. Consumer: Individuals assigned to the Consumer Interest category are those who represent the interests of an entity, including an association of such entities that represent the ultimate purchaser of the assembly or system subject to the provisions within the committee scope.

G. Public Segment: Individuals assigned to the Public Segment Interest category are those who represent the interests of an entity, including an association of such entities that represent a particular group of the public that benefits from the assembly or system subject to the provisions within the committee scope.

H. Government Regulator: Individuals assigned to the Government Regulator Interest category are those who represent the interests of an entity, including an association of such entities, representing the entities that promulgate or enforce the provisions within the committee scope.

I. Insurance: Individuals assigned to the Insurance Interest category are those who represent the interests of an entity, including an association of such entities, that insure subject to the provisions or voluntarily utilize the provisions within the committee scope, including insurance related inspection agencies

International Code Council releases new framework to address energy efficiency needs across the entire building industry

Washington, D.C. – Today the International Code Council, the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions, released a new framework to assist governments and building industry stakeholders in meeting energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction goals.  

The Code Council Board of Directors, which consists of 18 government code officials who were elected by their peers, adopted the framework, Leading the Way to Energy Efficiency: A Path Forward on Energy and Sustainability to Confront a Changing Climate. This framework includes using the Code Council’s American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved standards process to update the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).  

Future editions of the IECC will build on prior successes including an increase of efficiency requirements by about 40%, or an average of 8% a cycle from 2006 to 2021, allowing the IECC to remain a strong avenue for communities to reach their energy efficiency and sustainability goals globally. With the base 2021 IECC efficiency requirements just 10% away from net zero for residential buildings, under the new framework future editions of the IECC will increase base efficiency using a balancing test proposed in bipartisan legislation that has cleared the U.S. House and Senate and has been supported by energy efficiency advocates and the building industry

The IECC will be developed under a revised scope and be part of a portfolio of greenhouse gas reduction solutions that could address electric vehicles, electrification and decarbonization, integration of renewable energy and energy storage, existing buildings performance standards and more. The Code Council’s new framework will also provide optional requirements aimed at achieving net zero energy buildings presently and by 2030. Using a tiered approach, the framework offers adopting jurisdictions a menu of options, from a set of minimum requirements to pathways to net zero energy and additional greenhouse gas reduction policies.  

“Thank you to our members and stakeholders for their feedback throughout this process,” said Greg Wheeler, CBO, President of the Code Council. “After careful consideration of all the input, the Board of Directors has approved this coordinated, comprehensive strategy to support the needs of our communities, building on the Code Council’s strong foundation of technical solutions provided by the IECC, International Residential Code and International Green Construction Code.” 

“The Code Council is committed to furthering the progress the IECC has made to date and ensuring our energy code continues to meet the needs of governments around the world to advance their energy efficiency goals,” said Dominic Sims, CBO, Chief Executive Officer of the Code Council. “We have heard clearly feedback from the building safety community asking us to strengthen the IECC and create new resources to help communities address their climate goals. We will rise to that challenge.” 

The Code Council has also announced the establishment of an Energy and Carbon Advisory Council which will consist of governmental and industry leaders to inform the Code Council’s efforts. The Energy and Carbon Advisory Council will advise on which additional greenhouse gas reduction policies the IECC should integrate, the pace that the IECC’s baseline efficiency requirements should advance, plus needs and gaps that the Code Council should work to address. The Code Council will begin outreach to fill the Energy and Carbon Advisory Council in March. 

A call for applications for the IECC Development Committees will take place in March. The committees will represent diversity across nine interest categories and assure representation from a diversity of jurisdictions, experiences in building types and energy efficiency strategies, and geographies.

“Government officials will have the strongest voice on the committee, and the consensus process requires one third of the seats to be government regulators,” continued Wheeler. Committee membership will be determined through an open nominations process with no seats reserved for organizations. 

For additional information: 

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.

A New Day in Advancing Energy Efficiency

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A New Day in Advancing Energy Efficiency

Yesterday the International Code Council Board of Directors voted to move forward with a new framework to assist governments and building industry stakeholders in meeting energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction goals. Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback with the Code Council. We heard your concerns and incorporated them into this plan.

This framework – called Leading the Way to Energy Efficiency: A Path Forward on Energy and Sustainability to Confront a Changing Climate – includes moving the development of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to a standards process.

The Board determined that for the IECC a standards development process would allow for additional time for debate, additional avenues to reach consensus, and a continuous maintenance cycle to facilitate the IECC's ability to keep up with the pace of changing technology, which collectively will strengthen the code and its adoptability. Future editions of the IECC will build on prior successes including an increase of efficiency requirements by about 40%, or an average of 8% a cycle from 2006 to 2021, allowing the IECC to remain a strong avenue for communities to reach their energy efficiency and sustainability goals globally

The IECC will be developed under a revised scope and be part of a portfolio of greenhouse gas reduction solutions that could address electric vehicles, electrification and decarbonization, grid interactivity/efficiency, existing buildings performance standards and more. The framework will serve as a coordinated, comprehensive strategy to support the needs of communities, building on the Code Council’s strong foundation of technical solutions provided by the IECC, International Residential Code and International Green Construction Code.

Under a standards development process, the IECC will be developed by committees that represent diversity across nine interest categories and assure representation from a diversity of jurisdictions, experiences in building types and energy efficiency strategies, and geographies. Recognizing the important role of governments in the adoption and use of the IECC, the framework ensures that government officials continue to have a leading voice. One third of committee membership and the voting committee chairs will represent the government regulatory category.

In addition, the Code Council’s new framework will provide optional requirements aimed at achieving net zero energy buildings presently and by 2030. The Code Council will also establish an Energy and Carbon Advisory Council of governmental and industry leaders to inform the Code Council’s efforts.

The Code Council remains committed to assisting communities in meeting their energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction priorities, and educating its members regarding the new process. Our staff will work closely with members, chapters, and stakeholders to ensure everyone interested understands how to get involved in the process.

A call for applications for the development committees will go out in March. In addition, the Code Council will begin outreach in March to fill the Energy and Carbon Advisory Council.

For additional information:

Leading the Way to Energy Efficiency

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Leading the Way to Energy Efficiency

Codes and standards are a critical component in reducing energy use and combating the impacts of a changing climate. For over four decades, the International Code Council and its legacy organizations have led the development of energy codes that have reduced the impact of energy use on the planet and saved consumers billions of dollars.

In January, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce contacted the Code Council to request information about its code development process and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Today we released information to the Committee that explains our role in helping communities around the world become more energy efficient. Download our response here.

We’d like to share a few important themes from our response with you:

  1. The Code Council’s development processes have resulted in the most widely adopted set of model building codes. Our open, transparent, and rigorous process drawing on expertise across stakeholders results in strong consensus, buy-in, and support for code adoptions used to ensure safe, affordable, and sustainable buildings and communities worldwide.
  2. The Code Council has numerous partners in various sectors of the building safety industry and publicly discloses the membership of its Codes and Standards Development Committees. No Code Council partner, including home builders, exerts disproportionate control over our development processes.
  3. The Code Council’s IECC has achieved significant energy efficiency improvements. Based on data from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the 2021 IECC is expected to be over 43% more efficient for residential buildings and 39% more efficient for commercial buildings than the 2006 IECC. The baseline efficiency requirements in the 2021 IECC are only 10 percent away from the 2021 IECC’s zero energy appendix for residential buildings.
  4. The Code Council is committed to providing code officials, policymakers, and the construction community with the tools necessary to meet their energy objectives. We are committed to providing tools for communities seeking to achieve net zero construction by 2030 or 2050 as well as those seeking to incorporate electric vehicle charging, renewable energy, and other policy objectives into their construction standards.
  5. The Code Council is considering whether to move from a code development process to a standards development process for the IECC in order to strengthen the code and its adoptability. If the IECC is developed as a standard, it would be updated using the Code Council’s Consensus Procedures, which comply with ANSI’s Essential Requirements and prevent dominance by any interest category. The standards development process would allow for additional time for debate and put the IECC on a continuous maintenance cycle to allow for more timely consideration of rapid advancements in technology.

As long-standing leaders in developing energy efficient communities, we welcome the increasing conversations in the public space about the impacts of energy use on our future. And, we continue to welcome feedback from all stakeholders. Please submit your questions and concerns to memberinput@iccsafe.org.

Next Steps for the IECC

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Next Steps for the IECC

Last Thursday the International Code Council Board of Directors met to hear verbal testimony from members and stakeholders in regard to potentially transitioning the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) from a code development process to a standards development process. The Code Council develops both consensus model codes and standards depending on the nature and need of the subject. Thank you to all those who took the time to share valuable feedback, both written and verbal. The board is reviewing all the commentary and will meet again in a few weeks to continue deliberations. No decision has been made yet.

Due to the extensive interest in this topic, we’d like to share some additional information about the Code Council's role in supporting energy efficiency through codes and standards.

  • For over three decades, the Code Council has developed an energy code that has reduced the impact of energy use on our planet and saved consumers billions of dollars on their energy bills. From 2006 to 2021, the IECC increased its efficiency requirements by about 40%, or an average of 8% a cycle.
  • In addition to the IECC, the Code Council develops the International Green Construction Code (powered by ASHRAE standard 189.1) and the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard, which provide additional requirements for communities looking to create more sustainable, resilient and high-performance buildings.
  • The proposed framework for transitioning to a standards development process put forth by the Code Council board is the result of input from many parts of the building safety industry. The idea originated from the Appeals Board and the Board Committee on the Long Term Code Development Process (Blue Ribbon Committee), which included a diverse array of building safety professionals. The intent of the proposal is to strengthen the IECC and its adoptability.
  • Even with the consistent progress of the IECC, many stakeholders, including code officials, have expressed concern about the IECC development process and the outcomes over the past decade.
    The Code Council's overarching goal for the IECC and every code it develops is to see it adopted, regularly updated and properly enforced which, in the IECC’s case, is critical in order for communities to fully benefit from the energy efficiency gains the code outlines.
  • Governmental decision makers balance multiple, often competing, interests in adopting building codes, including safety, efficiency, cost effectiveness and affordability. The Code Council’s consensus process strives to achieve this balance. In doing so, we are mindful of the importance of efficiency gains to achieve climate goals and the importance of housing affordability.
  • The Code Council works with many organizations and interests. We appoint qualified representatives of the industries that use and rely on the codes, such as representatives of industry trade associations, structural engineers, members of the fire service, architects and others, to some of our code development committees. Representatives from these industries go through the same application, review and approval process as all others who apply or are nominated for committee seats.
  • All interests have a voice and many opportunities to participate in the codes and standards development processes.

The discussion over the IECC’s development has also prompted interest from the U.S. Congress. Last Wednesday, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce contacted the Code Council to request information about its code development process and the IECC. The letter recognizes that the “IECC is an important element of national energy policy and a major tool in our efforts to address climate change.” The Code Council appreciates the Committee’s interest and welcomes the opportunity to engage policymakers at all levels of government on the importance of adopting and effectively implementing up-to-date building codes.

As the Committee acknowledged, codes and standards play an important role in advancing energy efficiency and responding to a changing climate. In his first days in office, President Biden has made it clear that the new U.S. administration will prioritize tackling the climate crisis with building energy codes as an important component of that work. The Code Council is committed to helping our communities advance energy efficiency, and we look forward to working closely with Congress and the new administration.

Thank you again to everyone who has contributed to our process thus far. We continue to welcome all feedback. If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to memberinput@iccsafe.org.

ICC Pulse Podcast Topics

For 2021, the International Code Council is planning podcast episodes for building safety professionals around the themes below.

Sponsorships
We will also have sponsorship opportunities for companies looking to get their name and brand in front of the building safety community. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, view our prospectus here.

Got an episode topic idea for the ICC Pulse Podcast? We’d love to hear from you!
Please contact Elizabeth McDonald at emcdonald@iccsafe.org

2021 Pulse Podcast Episode Themes*

*Please note: While these themes guide the episodes we produce, the specific content and order of episodes may vary due to guest availability

Quarter 1 (Jan-Mar) theme: Innovation and New Technology

  • 3D printing
  • Going virtual
  • Off-site construction
  • Women in Construction

Quarter 2 (Apr-Jun) theme: Codes and Safety

  • The Codes and Cannabis facilities
  • CANZUS initiative
  • High-rises and the code
  • Code Adoption

Quarter 3 (July-Sep) theme: Training and Leadership

  • Using digital solutions
  • The future of building safety
  • Careers paths in the building safety
  • Certifications and Training

Quarter 4 (Oct-Dec) theme: Topics of Global Concern

  • International Code Council Certified professionals
  • Energy Efficiency Building Codes
  • Global Market Access & ICC-ES Certification
  • Global Building Code tool
  • Global Forecast: What’s next for the Code Council

Written Comments on IECC Now Posted

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Written Comments on IECC Now Posted

Registration has closed to testify or provide written comments to the International Code Council Board of Directors related to the International Energy Conservation Code.

In total, 55 individuals registered to testify, and 200 written comments were received by the deadline. The Code Council Board is meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at 12:00 PM ET. The total time allotted for verbal testimony is two hours; each individual will have two minutes to provide their comments. The order will be alphabetical by organization or last name for those without a company affiliation.

Written comments are available at www.iccsafe.org/iecc-development-process.

Although registration to speak is now closed, anyone who wants to listen in may do so by registering here.

Please direct additional questions to Mike Pfeiffer, Senior Vice President of Technical Services, at mpfeiffer@iccsafe.org.

Provide your thoughts about the IECC

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Provide your thoughts about the IECC

The International Code Council Board of Directors is considering updating the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and Ch. 11 of the International Residential Code (IRC) using the ICC standards process. For more information on the proposed framework, click here.

Many stakeholders, including code officials, energy policymakers, home builders, the design community and industry representatives, have asked for improvements to the IECC development process. This feedback has made it clear that improvements are needed to keep up with rapid changes and advancements in technology related to energy conservation. The Appeals Board and the Blue Ribbon Committee recommended this course of action as the Code Council’s Consensus Procedures allow for more timely consideration and an in-depth investigation of energy improvements without the time limits imposed in the code hearings. Download notes from the Blue Ribbon Committee work group meeting on November 10, 2020, for more details on the committee discussion.

On January 21, 2021, the Code Council Board will meet virtually to hear testimony from members and stakeholders.

  • TO SUBMIT WRITTEN COMMENTS: Email your submissions to memberinput@iccsafe.org. All written submissions must be received by 8:00 PM ET on Monday, January 11, 2021.
  • TO PROVIDE VERBAL TESTIMONY: Register to participate in the meeting here. Registration for verbal testimony closes at 8:00 PM ET on Monday, January 11, 2021. Please read the protocols for participation before registering.
  • TO LISTEN ONLY: Register to listen to the January 21 virtual meeting here. You will receive the YouTube link for audio participation via email after registration.

All written comments received by the deadline will be posted on the Code Council website. More information is available at www.iccsafe.org/iecc-development-process.

Please direct all questions to Mike Pfeiffer, Senior Vice President of Technical Services, at mpfeiffer@iccsafe.org.