The IECC: A Code or a Standard?
In December 2020, the International Code Council (ICC) Board of Directors began reviewing a proposal to transfer the development of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) from a governmental process to a standards process. If passed, the proposal would remove the vote of states and municipal governments during the IECC development process. Instead, the code would be approved by a committee of experts selected by the ICC.
The ICC Board of Directors met on Thursday, January 21, 2021 to hear testimony on the proposed change, with more than 100 members and stakeholders joining the call. Opponents of the change stated that governmental members are fundamental to the code's development and removing them from the voting process would leave the code to be shaped by special interest groups.
The Board of Directors will reconvene sometime in February to make their final decision on the proposal. To view the written comments and learn more, visit the ICC's website.