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BCAP & IMT’s Quarterly Bulletin for Code Officials - Q3 2015
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HOT TOPICS IN CODE COMPLIANCE
ICC 2015 Annual Conference and Group A Public Comment Hearings
The International Code Council’s (ICC) Annual Conference and Code Hearings is the MUST attend building safety conference of the year! Join your colleagues from across the county who are looking forward to learning, eager to reconnect, and like you, are passionate about building and fire safety. Click here for more info.
Coming Soon: The 2015 IECC in COMcheck
In October, COMcheck will include the 2015 IECC as a code compliance option.  In the meantime, users can still show compliance using ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013 (which is referenced as a compliance option in the 2015 IECC). To download the most recent version of COMcheck, click here.
HIGHLIGHTING LOCAL LEADERSHIP
IMT and ICC to Present Standard Bearers Award at ICC Annual Conference
Now in its fourth year, the Standard Bearers Award is presented by the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the International Code Council (ICC), recognizing state and local jurisdictions and individuals that have raised code compliance and achieved energy reductions in buildings using smart, innovative, and cost-effective strategies. 

Winners of this year’s award will be receive a travel stipend to attend the 2015 ICC Annual Conference and Public Comment Hearings in Long Beach, Calif. later this month, where they will be honored at the ICC Awards Luncheon. Winners will be photographed, featured in a press release sent to national, trade, and local media, and highlighted on IMT and ICC’s respective websites, newsletters, and promotional materials.

Since the award’s inception, Standard Bearers winners have ranged from individual leaders who are making a state-wide impact to state governments and local building departments that are developing strong energy code programs and exemplary compliance infrastructures. They’ve demonstrated that leadership at all levels is crucial to achieving better energy code compliance and better buildings.

“The International Code Council is committed to developing codes and standards that result in safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures,” said ICC Board President Guy Tomberlin, CBO. “ICC is collaborating with several associations to align green buildings codes and standards to benefit the environment, code compliance, builders and designers. Partnering with IMT on the Standard Bearers Award is an opportunity to identify and share best practices.”

All local and state government energy code compliance programs are eligible, including but not limited to: energy code training programs; programs that depend on third-party compliance companies; and programs supported by utilities. Three awards are given in the following categories: State Level Program, Jurisdictional Level Program, and Energy Code Leader for individual efforts.

“Building energy codes are an incredibly important policy tool in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s buildings. However, even the strongest code won’t save energy on its own—implementation and compliance are key,” said IMT's Cliff Majersik. “The Standard Bearers Award recognizes the unsung heroes who are addressing this issue in innovative ways while facing countless challenges.”

For more information on the award, including applications and past winners, please visit the Standard Bearers webpage.
 
IN THE NEWS
Meeting Commercial Continuous Air Barrier Requirements
ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010 (90.1-2010) and the commercial provisions of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (2012 IECC) require that the building envelope be carefully designed to limit uncontrolled air leakage into and out of the building. Uncontrolled air leakage will lead to increased energy usage in the building as it introduces hot air into the building during the cooling months and cold air into the building during the heating months. Uncontrolled air leakage in humid regions of the country can also increase the latent load inside the building requiring the additional use of the building's cooling system to reduce the level of humidity to within acceptable levels. Read the full article here.
 
Results from Florida Circuit Rider Program Now Available
Energy code circuit riders are in-field experts that meet with specific individuals to address code compliance and enforcement needs. Circuit riders travel to individual jurisdictions to provide tailored technical assistance and resources to support energy code compliance. The Florida program aimed to develop a snapshot of code enforcement in the field, and identify needs for future targeted technical assistance to strengthen enforcement of Florida’s commercial code. The full report is available here
ICC and ASHRAE Merge IgCC and 189.1
In a deal nearly two years in the making, the ICC and ASHRAE have signed the final agreement that outlines each organization’s role in the development and maintenance of the new version of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). Read more here.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
ACEEE 2015 National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource
September 20 - 22, 2015
Little Rock, AR
 
2015 ICC Annual Conference and Group A Public Comment Hearings
September 27 - October 7, 2015
Long Beach, CA
 
Construct and the CSI Annual Convention
September 30 - October 4, 2015
St. Louis, MO
 
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership 2015 Residential Lighting Workshop
October 1, 2015
Danvers, MA

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership Air Source Heat Pump Workshop
October 6 - 7, 2015
Eastern, MA

EEBA Excellence in Building Conference & Expo
October 6 - 8, 2015
Denver, CO
International Facility Management Association (IFMA) World Workplace
October 7 - 9
Denver, CO

2015 ACI Mid-Atlantic Regional Home Performance Conference
October 20 - 21
Cherry Hill, NJ
 
Building Code Action Committee and Fire Code Action Committee Meeting
November 4 - 5
Schiller Park, IL
 
2015 ACI California Regional Home Performance Conference
November 9 - 10
Sacramento, CA
 
International Builders Show 2016
January 19 - 22, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
 
ASHRAE Winter Conference
January 23 - 27, 2016
Orlando, FL
 
Other events | ICC list of events
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