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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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.

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

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.

COVID Relief Bill provides support for the building industry

Washington, D.C. – Over the past week, Congress passed and President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic. The Act created Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) to provide $350 billion to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments “to provide government services to the extent necessary because revenues have declined due to the pandemic” and to “respond to public health emergency or its economic consequences.” The Code Council worked with a large coalition of organizations and associations in encouraging Congress and the Administration to support additional assistance for state and local governments. 

As a result of this new package jurisdictions facing revenue downturns can use FRF resources to pay code department staff salaries and sustain operations, which could serve as a lifeline to the roughly 4 in 10 code departments that, per a Code Council survey, experienced or expected future budget cuts. Code departments are also expected to be able use this FRF funding to make hardware and software investments that facilitate department functions during the pandemic, which is critically important given about half of departments did not have the capability to remotely carry out important aspects of their work. But state and local governments will ultimately determine how the Act’s resources are allocated. 

“The American Rescue Plan is a lifeline for communities and code officials across the U.S. facing pandemic-driven budget shortfalls,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “Construction professionals need to engage now, at all levels of government to make sure Act’s resources sustain the work of code departments critical to construction activity and building safety, and ensure those departments have the tools they need to operate effectively during the pandemic.”

Deemed as essential by Homeland Security early in the pandemic, the building industry and code officials, continue to play a vital role in communities’ pandemic response, resilience, economic recovery and long-term success. Additional information on how the American Rescue Plan can support code departments and building safety professionals is available through the Code Council’s Coronavirus Response Center, 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.

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. 

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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.

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