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BCAP & IMT’s Quarterly Bulletin for Code Officials - Q2 2017
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THE DECODER

IMPROVING COMPLIANCE WITH THE ENERGY CODE 

FEATURED NEWS

District of Columbia’s Building Department Achieves First-of-its-Kind Milestone

The District of Columbia’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) recently achieved a milestone no other building department has. In 2016, the department completed the second of two assessments evaluating its effectiveness at enforcing the District’s Energy Conservation Code. The findings presented a significant accomplishment: DCRA improved its compliance rate with the energy code from 74 percent to 99 percent in just two years.

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HOT TOPICS IN CODE COMPLIANCE

ICC Call for Committees

With the recent completion of the Group B code cycle to determine the 2018 I-Codes, the International Code Council (ICC) has now posted a call for committees for the 2018-2019 code development cycle. ICC currently has 17 Code Committees that will be split among the two-year development cycle. Once again, the commercial and residential IECC change proposals will be heard during the Group B cycle, which takes place in 2019. The deadline to apply to be on any of the Group A and B code committees is June 1, 2017.

 

ICC Posts Public Feedback on Code Development Process

In the fall of 2016, ICC issued a call for feedback on how to improve the code development process. Feedback submitted to ICC by the February 15 deadline has now been published for public comment. All comments on the feedback are due to ICC by April 10. You may download the Word document with all feedback from ICC’s website.

Stay Informed on Insulation: Air Leakage and Buried Ducts

Controlling air leakage is a key part of the 2015 IECC. When air flow in and out of the building envelope is not adequately controlled, energy is lost. Read more from the Insulation Institute on how to solve air leakage issues using the most efficient, economical methods.

The 2018 IECC addresses a different insulation-related issue: buried ducts in attics. Builders across the country now have three options for HVAC ducts buried within ceiling insulation in vented attics.

IN THE NEWS

The Building Code Profession Is Dying Out, and That's a Problem

Many of the decicated code officials who check construction plans and inspect buildings for everything from fire safety to energy code compliance are part of an aging workforce.

To counter the wave of retirees, programs sponsored by organizations like ICC are introducing students to the idea of pursuing a career in the codes world.

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BECP NEWS

Two states that are part of the U.S. DOE’s Residential Energy Code Field Study now have final reports from their baseline study. These final reports for both Maryland and Alabama have been published on the Building Energy Codes Program website. These reports provide analysis of the data collected from more than 130 homes in each state as well as the energy savings potential.

The 2017 National Energy Codes Conference will include a free tour of brand-new high-performance building: the LEED Platinum 33-story Tower at PNC Plaza.

Nominations for the Jeffrey A. Johnson Award, which recognizes excellence in the advancement of building energy codes, must be submitted by May 5th.
FEATURED RESOURCES
WEBINARS AND MORE

Do Code Controls Requirements Save Energy in Real Buildings?

Next month, the latest webinar in DOE's Energy Code Commentator Series will examine the findings of a study that reviewed energy savings resulting from the implementation of code controls requirements in real buildings.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 1:00pm EST

Learn more and register here!

UPCOMING EVENTS

AZBO Spring 2017 Education Institute
Tucson, AZ
4/2 - 4/7

New York State Building Officials Conference
Syracuse, NY
4/4 - 4/6

Eastern States Building Officials Federation Annual Conference
Newport, RI
4/9 - 4/12

Code Officials Conference of Michigan
Bay City, MI
5/8 - 5/11

ICC’s Training and Certification Summit
Arlington, TX
5/22 - 5/26

Code Officials Association of Alabama Educational Conference
Fairhope, AL
6/19 - 6/22

The Decoder is a quarterly newsletter produced by IMT and BCAP that delivers targeted, technical information on energy code enforcement and compliance to building officials, plans examiners, and inspectors.

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