It is not too soon to prepare proposals for the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC); a consensus document widely incorporated by reference into local, state and federal energy conservation laws. According to the International Code Counci Group B Code Development Schedule, proposals are due January 7, 2019.
The original University of Michigan standards advocacy enterprise began advocating in this document in the 2012 revision cycle and managed to secure some modest “code wins” that benefited the University of Michigan but also the education facilities industry as a whole.* As so often happens, proposals that were rejected in the 2012 revision cycle acclimated the IECC technical committees to proposals made by other interests that were eventually accepted into the IECC in later cycles.
One such proposal recommended that the IECC recognize the international energy conservation consensus documents of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) which permitted performance — rather than prescriptive — approaches to education facility energy conservation. We find that some jurisdictions are receptive to performance standards; others are not because it is more costly to ascertain conformity to energy conservation goals even though the results exceed the results produced by prescriptive requirements. At least now the International Code Council recognizes the International Standardization Organization and may be inspired to develop more performance conformity paths. Georgia Tech Energy & Environmental Management Center — with whom we have liaison through the American National Standards Institute — is ANSI’s US Technical Advisory Group administrator.
For the cycle ahead of us, our primary interest lies in energy conservation concepts for university-affiliated medical research and healthcare delivery facilities; particularly in the areas that involve operations and maintenance and Internet-of-Things (i.e. the emergent #SmartCampus covered here extensively). A good place to start is to review the transcript of the 2018 IECC code development and to try to understand why our previous proposals failed. Frequently, solid and well-meaning proposals simply fail because they do not meet a technical substantiation criteria. Sometimes, some ideas are “too early” and, given the gathering pace of electrotechnology integration into educational facility systems — what we refer to as the emergent #SmartCampus — we may find that the industry is now ready for those ideas. As always, our point of view may be different than the point of view of compliance, conformity and enforcement interests who participate in standards development in order to drive revenue to compliance, conformity and enforcement interests.
Our first breakout teleconference is scheduled for September 18th, 11:00 AM. Ahead of this meeting we encourage our colleagues in the education industry — including education industry trade associations — to set up their own (free) ICC cpdACCESS account. As always, once you have an account, we can walk you through the process of getting your idea onto the 2021 IECC agenda. The ICC also provides instructional videos about how to participate in their process.
Category: Architectural, Facility Asset Management, Space Planning
Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey, Jack Janveja, Richard Robben, Larry Spielvogel