The International Code Council (ICC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) have collaborated to provide the following resources featuring the latest in building energy code products and services to assist code officials. This page includes information on training, certification, resources and publications related to energy code compliance.
Internationally, code officials recognize the need for a modern, up-to-date energy conservation code addressing the design of energy-efficient building envelopes and installation of energy efficient mechanical, lighting and power systems through requirements emphasizing performance. Introduced in 1998 and continuing the leadership role in energy codes that the ICC legacy organizations started over 20 years before that, the International Energy Conservation Code®(IECC) addresses energy efficiency on several fronts including cost savings, reduced energy usage, conservation of natural resources and the impact of energy usage on the environment. As an alternative for one- and two-family dwellings, the International Residential Code® (IRC) provides prescriptive energy provisions that can be easily implemented and are consistent with IECC provisions.
The code council performs periodic revisions of its model codes through a defined process that allows outside participation from stakeholders, including public and governmental entities. Once the revision process is completed, a new edition of the model code is published. States and local jurisdictions can then reference these codes, to legislate increased energy efficiency in buildings through their adoption processes. Both the IECC and ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 are developed, revised, and adopted in open public forums, through a voluntary consensus process.