The Decoder: Special Edition for the 2014 ICC Annual Conference
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In less than a week, we’ll meet in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the 2014 ICC Annual Conference, Expo and Group C Public Comment Hearings to develop the 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC). Here are a few reasons why code officials, builders, and energy efficiency advocates should pay extra attention to this year’s conference and hearings.


The cdpACCESS system will be live at the Public Comment Hearings. Participants who cannot be at the hearings in person will be able to participate in the code development process from anywhere through remote voting (All ICC Governmental Member Voting Representatives must have been validated by the Governmental Member’s Primary Voter by September 1, 2014, in order to vote remotely at this hearings). This is significant because in concept, cdpACCESS gives every code official the opportunity to vote regardless of his/her ability to travel to the hearings. According to an article by Todd Sims of IMT, cdpACCESS is “the biggest change in the U.S. building codes since the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911.” But we’ll only see the benefits if we have smart people with progressive ideas participate in the process. You can help make that happen—if you are registered as a voting representative, please review the posted code changes, collaborate with your colleagues, and vote! To learn more about cdpACCESS, visit the cdpACCESS Welcome page.

New Partnership to Harmonize IgCC, ASHRAE 189.1, and LEED

Five major U.S. standard developers—ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the International Code Council (ICC), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)—have agreed to simplify implementation of IgCC, ASHRAE 189.1, and LEED this August and created the new three-part system that integrates codes, standards, and rating systems as parts of one system.The IgCC will become an adoptable, enforceable version of ASHRAE 189.1—it will provide baseline metrics and other technical requirements that align with LEED prerequisites and the IgCC. LEED will allow the IgCC to serve as an alternative system of prerequisites for LEED certification, and selected LEED requirements will be part of ASHRAE 189.1. The new partnership is a major milestone in the history of energy codes not only for finally allowing these tools to work in unison for each other, but also for creating an opportunity for the five leading organizations to develop a strategy with a coherent message that underlies the IgCC, ASHRAE 189.1, and LEED. The new three-part system will also make it easier for jurisdictions to adopt green building codes and streamline the building documentation process. The outcomes of the upcoming October hearings will influence future editions of the IgCC and will be crucial for ensuring the code is on track for the transition.

IMT Booth at the ICC Conference

The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) will have an exhibition booth with resources on energy code compliance. The IMT Booth (#237) will be right across from the Concession area towards Door 4. Find Booth #237 and other exhibitors on this floor map and make sure to stop by!

Standard Bearers Award

Now in its third year, the Standard Bearers Award, is jointly presented for the first time by the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the International Codes Council (ICC), recognizing state and local jurisdictions and individuals who have raised compliance with energy codes and achieved energy reduction in buildings using smart, cost-effective strategies. The 2014 winners will be announced at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, September 30th from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

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