Standards activities update
There is a long-standing relationship between construction codes and standards that address design, installation, testing and materials related to building construction. Building regulation cannot be effectively carried out without such standards. The critical role of standards in the building regulatory process is such that the standards are an extension of the code requirements and are therefore equally enforceable. Consequently, standards that are referenced in codes carry an expectation of being as clear, direct and enforceable as code requirements that are primary text.
The International Code Council references almost 1,300 standards in its International Codes and has been re-accredited for its American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard development activities under the ICC Consensus Procedures. The Code Council also develops a number of codes and standards, including mechanical, plumbing, structural, resilience, accessibility and green standards, and is accredited by ANSI as a standards developer.
Below is a list of Code Council standards that are current, being revised or are under development.
ICC 300 — Standard for Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, and Grandstands
Standard ICC 300 — Standard for Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, and Grandstands (IS-BLE) addresses the unique concerns associated with bleacher seating. It addresses new and existing installations of all types of bleacher seating including fixed and folding bleachers intended for indoor, outdoor, temporary and permanent use. This standard is intended to coordinate with the means of egress systems in the building codes. The 2017 standard is referenced in the 2018 International Codes.
The 2017 edition of the standard was approved by ANSI as an American National Standard in December of 2017. The standard will be reaffirmed or revised in Spring 2021.
ICC 400 — Standard on the Design and Construction of Log Structures
Standard ICC 400 — Standard on the Design and Construction of Log Structures (IS-LOG) provides the minimum design requirements for new log structures, including structural, thermal envelope and fire resistance provisions. The 2017 standard is referenced in the 2018 International Codes.
The 2017 edition of the standard was approved by ANSI as an American National Standard in November of 2017. The standard will be reaffirmed or revised in Spring 2021.
ICC 500/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters
Standard ICC 500 — ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters (IS-STM) is published jointly by the International Code Council and the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) and is referenced in the newest building safety codes. The standard provides minimum design and construction requirements for storm shelters that provide a safe refuge from storms that produce high winds, hurricanes and tornados. This standard provides design requirements for the main wind resisting structural system and components and cladding of these shelters and provides basic occupant life safety and health requirements for these shelters, including means of egress, lighting, sanitation, ventilation, fire safety, and minimum required floor space for occupants. The 2014 standard is referenced in the 2015 International Codes.
The 2019 update of the standard was submitted to code development for reference in the 2021 International Codes. The publication deadline for the update is Dec. 1, 2020.
ICC 600 — Standard for Residential Construction in High-Wind Regions
The ICC 600 — Standard for Residential Construction in High-Wind Regions (IS-RHW) is based on content from SSTD 10 (Hurricane Resistant Construction Standard) and material standards’ and is to specify prescriptive methods to provide wind resistant designs and construction details for residential buildings of masonry, concrete, wood-framed or cold-formed steel framed construction sited in high-wind regions where design wind speeds are 120 to 180 mph. The purpose of this standard is to improve building resiliency by providing prescriptive requirements based on the latest engineering knowledge and to provide minimum requirements to improve structural integrity and improve building envelope performance within the limitations in building geometry, materials, and wind climate specified. The 2014 standard is referenced in the 2015 International Codes.
Appointed by the Code Council Board of Directors in July 2019, a committee has been formed and all committee members have accepted. The first public in-person meeting is scheduled for October 7–8, 2019. The 2019 update of the standard was submitted to code development for reference in the 2021 International Codes. The publication deadline for the update is Dec. 1, 2020. After the revision of ICC 600, the committee will continue to develop a 600 series of hazard mitigation Standards to specify enhanced prescriptive methodologies that affected municipalities can adopt. The committee will be designated as the Multi-Hazard Resiliency for Residential Construction Committee (IS-MHRRC). The new Standards to be developed are:
ICC 605: Standard for Residential Construction in Regions with Wildfire Hazard
ICC 610: Standard for Residential Construction in Regions with Seismic Hazard
ICC 615: Standard for Residential Construction in Regions with Tsunami Hazard
A new ICC Standards webpage for the IS-MHRRC committee is being created to aid the committee and the public in keeping up to date with news, meeting notices, committee actions, etc. and will be live shortly. The IS-MHRRC webpage will replace the IS-RHW webpage.
ICC/ASHRAE 700 — National Green Building Standard
The ICC/ASHRAE 700 —National Green Building Standard (NGBS) has been approved by the American National Standards Institute for all types of sustainable residential construction. A collaborative effort of the International Code Council, ASHRAE and the National Association of Home Builders, NGBS outlines a variety of green practices that can be incorporated into new homes and multifamily buildings, as well as hotels, dormitories and land developments. The standard also delivers stand-alone chapters for both home remodeling and additions and renovations of multifamily buildings. The green practices address site and lot design, preparation and development; resource, energy and water efficiency; indoor environmental quality; and operation, maintenance and building owner education.
The ICC/ASHRAE 700 is currently under draft development.
The 2015 edition of ICC 700 is available in the Code Council store.
ASABE/ICC 802 Landscape Irrigation Sprinkler and Emitter Standard
The ASABE/ICC 802 Landscape Irrigation Sprinkler and Emitter Standard (IS-IEDC) establishes design and testing requirements for landscape irrigation sprinklers, bubblers, drip emitters and microsprays. It provides minimum design and performance requirements, specifies uniform test methods for product performance, and sets definitions and product classifications for commonly used sprinklers and emitters. It is the first edition of a new consensus standard developed through the Code Council’s ANSI-accredited standard development process in collaboration with the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The ICC 802 standard was not approved by Code Council membership for reference in the 2015 International Green Construction Code.
The committee chair and vice chair met with Code Council staff in August of 2019.
The 2014 edition of ICC 802 is available in the Code Council store.
ICC 805 — Rainwater Harvesting Systems
This first edition of CSA B805/ICC 805 — Rainwater Harvesting Systems (IS-RCSDI) addresses roof surface rainwater and stormwater (i.e., rainwater that has come in contact with the ground or a green roof) being used as source water. The standard addresses rainwater intended for use in non-potable applications (e.g., irrigation, fire protection, toilet and urinal flushing, clothes washing, hose bibbs, decorative fountains, and vehicle washing) as well potable applications (e.g., human consumption, oral care, food preparation, dishwashing and bathing). The term “rainwater harvesting” is used generically in this standard and can refer to harvesting of either roof runoff or stormwater runoff.
Published in February of 2019, the CSA B805/ICC 805 standard will be referenced in the 2021 International Plumbing Code.
The 2018 edition of ICC 805 is available in the Code Council store.
ICC 900/SRCC 300 — Solar Thermal System Standard
The ICC 900/SRCC 300 — Solar Thermal System Standard (IS-STSC) establishes minimum requirements for the system design, performance evaluation, and installation instructions of solar water heating systems. This standard establishes a methodology for rating the performance of solar water heating systems based on performance projections and solar collector test data. This standard is applicable to residential and commercial solar water heating systems intended for use within swimming pool heating, building space heating, building space cooling, and/or water heating systems. It is applicable to both direct and indirect solar water heating systems. Expanded use of renewable energy systems in modern construction have resulted in the creation of sustainable construction codes and standards and energy incentive programs addressing solar thermal systems. In both cases, minimum criteria and uniform test methods are needed to ensure that solar thermal water heating systems provide suitable performance, durability, safety and comparable performance metrics.
The standard is under revision with committee meetings ongoing. The deadline to receive initial public input was Aug. 31, 2019.
The 2015 edition of ICC 900/SRCC 300 is available in the Code Council store.
ICC 901/SRCC 100 — Solar Thermal Collector Standard
The ICC 901/SRCC 100 — Solar Thermal Collector Standard (IS-STSC) establishes minimum requirements for the design, construction, performance and testing of liquid and air heating solar thermal collectors, including those containing distributed assembly and integral concentrating components and integral storage and non-separable thermosiphon units. This standard is applicable to solar collectors intended for use within swimming pool and spa heating, building space heating and cooling, water heating systems, industrial/commercial process heating, and thermal input to electrical power production systems.
The standard is under revision with committee meetings ongoing. The deadline to receive initial public input was Aug. 31, 2019.
The 2015 edition of ICC 901/SRCC 100 is available in the Code Council store.
ICC 902/APSP 902/SRCC 400 — Solar Pool and Spa Heating System Standard
The ICC 902/APSP 902/SRCC 400 — Solar Pool and Spa Heating System Standard (IS-PHSC) establishes minimum criteria for the design and installation of solar water heating systems for pool and spa applications. It addresses both residential and commercial pools and spas, consistent with the requirements of the Code Council’s International Swimming Pool and Spa Code and other relevant ICC/APSP standards for these applications. ICC 902/APSP 902/SRCC 400 is a new standard that builds upon the well-established ICC 900/SRCC 300 Solar Water Heating Systems Standard that does not include pool and spa applications. This new standard allows pools and spas to benefit from sustainable heating technologies without sacrificing safety or performance.
Approval of the ICC/APSP 902/SRCC 400-2017 Solar Pool and Spa Heating System standard as an ANSI standard was granted in October of 2017. The ICC/APSP 902/SRCC 400-2017 standard will be referenced in the 2021 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code.
The standard is under reaffirmation with ANSI to bring all 900 series standards to a common revision cycle. Deadline to receive public comments is Nov. 4, 2019.
The 2017 edition of ICC 902/APSP 902/SRCC 400 is available in the Code Council store.
BSR/ICC 1100 — Standard for Spray-Applied Polyurethane Foam Plastic Insulation
The new BSR/ICC 1100 — Standard for Spray-Applied Polyurethane Foam Plastic Insulation (IS-FPI) will be based upon existing ICC Evaluation Service Acceptance Criteria and related documents for spray-applied foam plastic insulation for use by industry and possible inclusion in construction codes. The standard will be included for reference in the 2021 International Codes.
The Code Council board approved the development of the IS-FPI standards committee to create an American National Standard to establish the minimum physical and performance properties as well as application requirements for spray applied foam plastic insulations. The third draft was posted for public comment of revisions only, with a deadline of Oct. 16, 2019.
ICC 1200 —Standard for Off-Site Construction: Planning, Design, Fabrication and Assembly
The new ICC 1200 — Standard for Off-Site Construction: Planning, Design, Fabrication and Assembly (IS-OSMC) would address all facets of the off-site construction process, including planning, designing, fabricating, transporting, and assembling commercial and residential building elements. The standard includes componentized, panelized and modularized elements and will not apply to United States Department of Housing and Urban Development manufactured housing or “tiny homes.”
The Off-Site and Modular Construction Standards Committee was appointed by the Code Council Board of Directors in July 2019 and has primary responsibility for the development as American National Standards. All standards development is subject to the Code Council’s Consensus Procedures. Applications to serve on the committee were received on April 15, 2019, for the Code Council Board of Directors consideration in response to a call for committee in March 2019. The first public in-person meeting of the committee is scheduled for Nov. 19–20, 2019. Additional details to be posted soon.
ICC 1205 — Standard for Off-Site Construction: Inspection and Regulatory Compliance
The new ICC 1205 — Standard for Off-Site Construction: Inspection and Regulatory Compliance (IS-OSMC) would address the inspection, approval and regulatory compliance of off-site residential and commercial construction components and their assembly and completion at the final building site. This includes permitting, in-plant and on-site final inspections, third party inspections, and the role of industrialized building departments, state modular programs and the authority having jurisdiction. The standard includes componentized, panelized and modularized elements and will not apply to United States Department of Housing and Urban Development manufactured housing or “tiny homes.” Development of this standard falls under the purview of the IS-OSMC committee.
The Code Council adheres to openness and transparency in our standards development process. All Code Council standards committee meetings are open to the public. Any interested party can participate in committee meetings and can be considered by the committee for membership on any work-group that the committee creates.
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