Energy Conservation Code Development Begins in 2019


green puzzle houseThe International Code Council (ICC) model codes are always evolving as new technologies emerge, important research findings come to light, and the world around us changes. Code development runs on a three-year cycle, meaning that work on the 2021 edition of the ICC started in 2018 with the Group A sections of the code, including mechanical, fire safety, and plumbing sections of the ICC.

Group B sections of the code will begin development in 2019. Group B is headlined by the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), a model code adopted by states and municipal governments nationwide to establish minimum energy efficiency requirements. Throughout the IECC development process, NAHB is working tirelessly to ensure these codes promote reasonable building practices that support sustainability but do not add unnecessarily to housing costs.

NAHB is submitting proposed changes to the IECC and other Group B sections by the Jan. 7, 2019 deadline. We are preparing to send in our changes based on critical member feedback.

At the Committee Action Hearings, starting April 28 in Albuquerque, N.M., ICC committees will hear testimony on each code change and decide whether to approve the change. They will then give their recommendation to voting members.

The Public Comment Hearings run Oct. 23-30 in Clark County, Nev. During these hearings, stakeholders decide whether to approve, disapprove or amend any code change proposals that received public comments.

The Online Governmental Consensus Vote will then begin in mid November. This will be the final action during which governmental voting members cast ballots on each individual code change for the 2021 ICC I-Codes.

NAHB’s One & Done campaign can help with IECC advocacy in the year ahead. This campaign encourages members nationwide to engage with at least one code official and educate him or her on the proposals that are important to building.

To help with this outreach, NAHB identifies code proposals with a significant impact and places them on a high-priority list. NAHB members can distribute this list to their local voting members before they vote. We will work on a high-priority list specifically for the IECC.

For more information about energy conservation building codes, please contact Joel Martell.

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