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

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.

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.

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