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.

Public Comment Period on the IECC

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Public Comment Period on the IECC

On December 16, the International Code Council Board of Directors met to discuss the future of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Following the recommendations from the Appeals Board and the Board Committee on the Long-Term Code Development Process (Blue Ribbon Committee), the Code Council Board decided to put forward a framework for the updating of the IECC and Ch. 11 of the International Residential Code (IRC) using the ICC standards process, subject to stakeholder input and final approval by the ICC Board of Directors.

If approved, the following framework will apply:

  • The title of the document will remain the International Energy Conservation Code and the residential energy provisions in Chapter 11 of the IRC will be a duplication of the residential provisions from the IECC. As such, the change in process will not impact references in existing statutes, laws or policies.
  • The IECC will retain the International Codes publication format with the 2024 IECC and IRC scheduled to be published in the fall of 2023.
  • The 2024 IECC and Chapter 11 of the IRC will be updated using the Code Council’s Consensus Procedures. The Consensus Procedures allow for more timely consideration and an in-depth investigation of energy improvements without the time limits imposed in the code hearings.
  • The energy provisions will undergo continuous maintenance in order to be responsive to advances in technology. This will result in the update process continuing beyond the publication of the 2024 IECC and IRC.
  • The committee will be balanced in accordance with our consensus procedures.
  • The next update will begin with the 2021 IECC and Chapter 11 of the 2021 IRC.
  • The Code Council will conduct a campaign to inform members about participation.

The Code Council Board wants your input. They will be meeting the week of January 18 to hear verbal testimony from interested members and stakeholders. If you are interested in submitting written comments and providing verbal testimony, please contact memberinput@iccsafe.org. All written submissions and commitments to participate must be received by 8:00 PM ET on Monday, January 11, 2021. All comments received will be posted on the Code Council website. There will be a registration process for verbal testimony; additional information will be sent the week of January 4, 2021.

In addition to the IECC process, the Blue Ribbon Committee is considering a number of issues related to the code development process, including federal preemption and voter guides. Click here to read the latest update from the committee. You can also learn more on the Code Council website; contact Mike Pfeiffer, PE to receive email updates related to upcoming committee meetings.

Blue Ribbon Committee Update on Preemption, Voter Guides, and the IECC

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Blue Ribbon Committee Update on Preemption, Voter Guides, and the IECC

The Board Committee on the Long-Term Code Development Process (Blue Ribbon Committee) has met regularly since July to discuss many issues of importance to the code development process. In addition to the committee members, interested parties from across the building, construction and design community have participated in the virtual meetings and work groups. At the latest meeting on November 20, the Blue Ribbon Committee discussed the following items.

Federal Preemption: The Blue Ribbon Committee approved in concept a mechanism to address matters of federal preemption. The mechanism should include:

  • A proposed revision to Council Policy 1 Appeals to specifically exclude matters of federal preemption as an appealable action or inaction.
  • The development of a process in which code changes which potentially address preempted issues will be brought to the attention of the International Code Council Board of Directors in a timely matter for consideration and direction.

Voter Guides/Voter Acknowledgment: The Blue Ribbon Committee is investigating the possibility of a voter statement for cdpACCESS for the online governmental consensus vote. This statement would require voting members to acknowledge that they:

  • Are eligible voting members of the Code Council;
  • Are participating in this process in compliance with the ICC Code of Ethics;
  • Have done their due diligence to become informed on the matters they are voting on;
  • And, are aware that voter guides are the opinions of participants in the process, are not endorsed by the Code Council, and that the voters are under no obligation to vote in accordance with such guides.

International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) Development Process: The Blue Ribbon Committee has approved a recommendation for the Code Council Board to consider updating the commercial and residential energy provisions in the IECC and Chapter 11 of the International Residential Code (IRC) via the Code Council’s Consensus Procedures instead of the governmental consensus process. The Consensus Procedures allow for more timely consideration and an in-depth investigation of energy improvements without the time limits imposed in the code hearings. If approved, the 2024 IECC and Chapter 11 of the IRC will be updated using the Code Council’s standards consensus procedures. The title of the document will remain the International Energy Conservation Code and the residential energy provisions in Chapter 11 of the IRC will be a duplication of the residential provisions from the IECC. The Code Council Board will consider this recommendation at an upcoming meeting.

If you would like to receive email updates related to the committee or join an upcoming Blue Ribbon Committee meeting, please contact Mike Pfeiffer, PE. Click here to learn more about the Blue Ribbon Committee.

Procedural Changes to the Code Development Process

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Procedural Changes to the Code Development Process

Thank you to all our members and stakeholders who have participated in the code development process for the 2021 International Codes (I-Codes). We’re pleased to share that more than 240,000 votes were cast and more than 2,600 voting representatives participated.

To continue to evolve and refine our process, several issues were referred to the Board Committee on the Long-Term Code Development Process (Blue Ribbon Committee) for further review. This committee is a venue for stakeholders to provide feedback on the process and suggest changes.

We are pleased to share two approved outcomes from the Blue Ribbon Committee surrounding cost impact and assembly consideration.

Cost Impact

The Board approved the Committee recommendation to revise the Council Policy 28 requirements on the cost impact of proposed code changes, and requested staff develop a complete methodology and plan for implementation for Board consideration.

Assembly Consideration

The Board approved the Committee recommendation to streamline the code development process by removing assembly consideration at the Committee Action Hearings (Section 5.7 of CP 28). It was found that assembly consideration adds approximately 2-3 weeks to the process with minimal benefit. Anyone can submit a public comment which is the net effect of a successful assembly motion vote.

Our commitment, and goal, is to bring together industries with the shared purpose of creating safe, affordable, and sustainable buildings and communities. The Blue Ribbon Committee was established to help uphold this commitment by continuing to find opportunities to refine and strengthen the Code Council’s code development process.

We look forward to continued participation from our members in the 2024 process. Code changes are due in January 2021 and anyone can submit code change proposals via the Code Council’s cloud-based program, cdpACCESS, at https://www.cdpaccess.com/. The 2021 Committee Action Hearings will be held virtually this year due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. Learn more.

Thank you for your help and support in continuing to make the I-Codes the most widely used model building codes in the world.

Making a Change to Serve You Better

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Making a Change to Serve You Better

COVID-19 has created many challenges. The restrictions on travel, in-person meetings and interactions with others have forced the building safety industry to rethink how we do business.

As a result of the pandemic, earlier this year the International Code Council Board of Directors faced a difficult decision of whether and how to conduct the 2020 Annual Conference and Annual Business Meeting. Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, none of the available options allowed us to plan for a meeting with certainty that it would have complied with the Code Council bylaws and California state law, where the Code Council is currently incorporated. The Board decided to cancel the 2020 meeting, prioritizing the health and well-being of our members, staff and other attendees.

We heard from many of you how important it is that the Code Council be fully prepared to respond in a crisis no matter the circumstances. A thorough research process revealed that the California corporations code does not provide sufficient flexibility for the association to act when needed during an emergency.

After careful consideration, the Board has unanimously determined that it is in the best interests of the Code Council and its members to reincorporate in Delaware. This change in location will not affect any other provisions of the bylaws or current member benefits. It also does not affect our continued plans and commitment to maintaining a significant presence in California including our regional office in Brea.

Today all validated voting members were sent a ballot to vote on this proposal. In order to move forward, at least one hundred voting members must vote, and a majority of the returned ballots must indicate approval. Following approval by the voting members, Code Council staff will take the steps to finalize the change by following necessary statutory requirements.

Please note that only validated voting members are able to vote. If approved, this change will allow us to provide more effective services for all our members, customers and stakeholders. If you have questions or comments, please reach out to memberinput@iccsafe.org.

Thank you for your continued engagement with the Code Council.

Visit our Coronavirus Response Center for information to help you navigate the pandemic.

2019 Group B Code Cycle Appeals Concluded

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2019 Group B Code Cycle Appeals Concluded

The International Code Council Board of Directors has issued a final decision on the second groups of appeals within the 2019 Group B code cycle – surrounding scope and intent, and the impact of online voting (CP 28), cost impact, voting guides, voter eligibility and validation process – completing the appeals process.

Scope and Intent

The American Gas Association, the American Public Gas Association, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Leading Builders of America (LBA) appealed three proposed changes to the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and 2021 International Residential Code (IRC) on the grounds that the proposals in question are outside the scope of the codes. The code changes appealed were RE147-19 (requiring electric readiness) and CE217-19, Parts I and II (requiring electric vehicle supply equipment).

Following the recommendation of the Appeals Board, the Code Council Board determined that the code changes in question are outside the current scope and intent of the energy provisions of the IECC and IRC and sustained the appeals. RE147-19 and CE217-19 will not appear in the 2021 International Codes.

 

Impact of Online Voting (CP 28), Cost Impact, Voting Guides, Voter Eligibility and Validation Process 

NAHB and LBA appealed a group of twenty code changes to the 2021 IECC on the grounds of ineligible voters, cost impact, not meeting the spirit and intent of the process, and improper use of voting guides.

The Appeals Board found no clear violationof process or procedure and recommended denial of the appeals. The Code Council Board of Directors voted to deny the appeals.

In addition, the Code Council Board referred a number of issues to the Board Committee on the Long-Term Code Development Process for further review, including the definitions of governmental members and voting representatives, the procedures for the in-person and online votes, and the issue of cost impact. This committee is a venue for stakeholders to provide feedback on the process and suggest changes.

The Code Council Board also recommended consideration of a Code Council energy standard to replace the IECC and Chapter 11 of the IRC.

This concludes the 2019 Group B code cycle appeals, adding to the decisions on the first two groups of appeals – preemption and committee reconsideration.

The International Code Council’s code development protocols are designed to protect the integrity of the process. These appeals are one part of a longer code development process that is responsive, transparent and open. For more information about this process and how it creates the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the world, click here.

2019 Group B Code Cycle Appeals Concluded

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2019 Group B Code Cycle Appeals Concluded

The International Code Council Board of Directors has issued a final decision on the second groups of appeals within the 2019 Group B code cycle – surrounding scope and intent, and the impact of online voting (CP 28), cost impact, voting guides, voter eligibility and validation process – completing the appeals process.

Scope and Intent

The American Gas Association, the American Public Gas Association, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Leading Builders of America (LBA) appealed three proposed changes to the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and 2021 International Residential Code (IRC) on the grounds that the proposals in question are outside the scope of the codes. The code changes appealed were RE147-19 (requiring electric readiness) and CE217-19, Parts I and II (requiring electric vehicle supply equipment).

Following the recommendation of the Appeals Board, the Code Council Board determined that the code changes in question are outside the current scope and intent of the energy provisions of the IECC and IRC and sustained the appeals. RE147-19 and CE217-19 will not appear in the 2021 International Codes.

 

Impact of Online Voting (CP 28), Cost Impact, Voting Guides, Voter Eligibility and Validation Process 

NAHB and LBA appealed a group of twenty code changes to the 2021 IECC on the grounds of ineligible voters, cost impact, not meeting the spirit and intent of the process, and improper use of voting guides.

The Appeals Board found no clear violation of process or procedure and recommended denial of the appeals. The Code Council Board of Directors voted to deny the appeals.

In addition, the Code Council Board referred a number of issues to the Board Committee on the Long-Term Code Development Process for further review, including the definitions of governmental members and voting representatives, the procedures for the in-person and online votes, and the issue of cost impact. This committee is a venue for stakeholders to provide feedback on the process and suggest changes.

The Code Council Board also recommended consideration of a Code Council energy standard to replace the IECC and Chapter 11 of the IRC.

This concludes the 2019 Group B code cycle appeals, adding to the decisions on the first two groups of appeals – preemption and committee reconsideration.

The International Code Council’s code development protocols are designed to protect the integrity of the process. These appeals are one part of a longer code development process that is responsive, transparent and open. For more information about this process and how it creates the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the world, click here.

Appeals on Committee Reconsideration and Preemption Concluded

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Appeals on Committee Reconsideration and Preemption Concluded

The International Code Council Board of Directors has issued a final decision on the first two groups of appeals – preemption and committee reconsideration – and outlined next steps. The Board will meet again on Monday, October 5, 2020, to consider the remaining appeals related to the 2019 Group B code cycle.

These appeals are one part of a longer code development process that is responsive, transparent and open. For more information about this process and how it creates the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the world, click here.

Preemption

In this case, preemption is the invalidation of a code provision that conflicts with U.S. federal law. It promotes consistency across state lines in the U.S. and allows for manufacturers to create products that will be accepted in all 50 U.S. states.

Four entities – American Gas Association, American Public Gas Association, Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, and National Association of Home Builders – appealed select changes to the 2021 International Codes (I-Codes) on the grounds that the changes are preempted by federal law.

The Appeals Board recommended denial of the appeals, in part due to their limited authority. They also suggested that the Code Council Board initiate an analysis of the preemption issue and determine whether any remedial action should be taken under the Board’s broader authority. The Code Council Board voted to support the denial of the appeals of RE107-19 (dealing with pilot lights on gas appliances) and RE126-19 (dealing with efficiency ratings for gas-fired water heaters) as they found no violation of the Code Council’s processes or procedures.

The Code Council Board also determined that, upon review, including potentially preempted provisions in the I-Codes is inconsistent with the spirit, intent and mission of the Code Council. Indeed, the codes explicitly state that they do not nullify any provisions of local, state or federal law. Accordingly, the Board determined that the approved language from RE107-19 and RE126-19 will not be included in the 2021 International Residential Code (IRC) or International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

In addition, the Code Council Board referred the issue of preemption generally for consideration to the Board Committee on the Long-Term Code Development Process. This committee is a venue for stakeholders to provide feedback on the process and suggest changes to the code development process.

Committee Reconsideration

Appellant Jake Pauls filed appeals on two code changes in the IRC: RB81-19 (related to grab bars in bath and shower) and RB116-19 (related to stairways). The appellant requested that the matters be sent back to the committee for further consideration of evidence.

The Code Council Board voted to uphold the Appeals Board recommendation to deny the appeals on the basis that no violation of the Code Council’s processes or procedures were found. The two code changes will be referred to the Building Code Action Committee for consideration in the code development cycle for the 2024 I-Codes.

Hurricane Laura

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Hurricane Laura

On Thursday, August 27, Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana as a high Category 4 hurricane bringing maximum sustained winds of 150 mph or more. Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected, particularly those building safety professionals in Louisiana and other affected states. With damage assessments from the storm just getting underway, much of what we will learn about impacts will emerge in the days to follow. As more information about the hurricane unfolds, we are here to help provide the support and resources you need to recover as quickly as possible.

The Code Council is keeping a close watch on developments. Ensuring safe and healthy homes and buildings as the foundation of community recovery is one of the most important jobs of building professionals. You play an integral role in preparing communities for natural disasters and in helping your communities get back on their feet after a devastating event. For those in the path of Laura, the Code Council and your fellow members from around the country stand ready to support you and your communities when needed.

Visit our hurricane safety and information webpage for resources that help people prepare for, and deal with, these devastating storms.

Click here to download the PDF of the Code Council's Hurricane Preparedness Guide.

If you are interested in adding your name to the Code Council's Disaster Response Alliance volunteer system to help communities after a major disaster, please register here. You can also find information on the DRA website to request assistance with post-disaster assessments if needed.

The Code Council encourages you to share this information directly with your chapters and local authority having jurisdiction as well as your professional networks.