Code Council violating its own rules, putting building decarbonization measures at risk
(ACEEE blog, 5 Feb 2024) he International Code Council is violating its own policies in service of special interests that want to remove key energy efficiency and decarbonization measures from a pending model energy code. ACEEE and allies are calling for an urgent remedy.
Thanks to local governments’ strong support for energy efficiency and decarbonization, the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) finally made significant strides to advance energy efficiency in new buildings in what had become a largely stagnant process run by the International Code Council (ICC). But the 2021 IECC could have gone even further if not for an ICC appeals process that stripped electrification-ready measures from the code.
After the upheaval caused by overturning the local governments’ votes for the 2021 IECC, the ICC established a new consensus standard development processfor the 2024 IECC that it claimed would lead the way on confronting climate change, but that limited the role of sustainability- and civic-minded state and local officials and shifted the balance toward business interests, such as trade groups for gas utilities, heating and cooling equipment manufacturers, and developers of homes and apartment buildings.
Despite our reservations about the new process, ACEEE participated as a voting member of the 2024 IECC Residential and Commercial Consensus Committees; we worked with longstanding allies and through new partnerships to advance commonsense energy performance requirements for new homes and buildings.