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International Energy Conservation Code / Electrical Power

"Market-making" by incumbent stakeholders should be regarded as the normal course of business in technical standardization spaces. Admittedly that course is not always a straight line and, structurally; it is not a two-sided market when the USER-INTEREST is not present in leading practice discovery and promulgation processes. A one-sided market is less efficient than a two-sided market but the US standardization system -- built upon the foundation of the National Technology Transfer & Advancement Act -- is far more efficient than a market with only governmental agencies writing energy conservation regulations.


International Energy Conservation Code / Electrical Power

July 23, 2019
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Electrical Building World’s Columbian Exposition | Chicago (1892)

The word “electrical” appears 163 times in the transcript of proposed changes to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC); an accredited consensus document that is widely incorporated by reference into federal, state and local energy conservation legislation.   Today we continue our focus on proposals for the 2021 revision of the IECC that will affect the safety and sustainability agenda of the largest non-residential building construction market in the United States — the $300 billion US education facility industry. For perspective, even the larger college and research universities only have budgets in the $0.5 to $10 billion dollar range.

Since the emergent #SmartCampus is largely an electrotechnical transformation; and because much of the physical space will evolve with International Code Council consensus documents at its foundation, we continue allocating resources to understanding what incumbent stakeholders have proposed for the 2021 revision of the IECC; linked below.


Last month some of the electrical proposals were discussed at the IEEE Industrial & Commercial Department’s annual conference in Calagary, Canada.  Many of the proposals are coordination, harmonization and administrative provisions.  Some are not and will, wherever adopted, will change design, construction, operations, maintenance, training and conformity assessment for power systems in education and healthcare facilities.

The results of the Albuquerque Committee Action Hearings has been released in video format and now as a downloadable document linked below: (Search on the proposal number)


We have until July 24th to respond with written comments.

A first reading of the unofficial results indicates that all of the proposals we marked for priority attention were accepted by the IECC-C  and IECC-R committee.   We will coordinate a user-interest response with the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee which will meet online several times ahead of the July 24th deadline.

The proposals that we marked several weeks ago for priority attention by education facility user interests are listed below:

CE108-19 | Data Centers

CE111-19*, et al | Fault Detection

CE113-19 | HVAC equipment

CE136-19 | Fan Nameplate Electrical Power & Fan Efficiency

CE166-19, et. al* | Occupancy Sensors

CE174-119, et. al*  | Lighting and Controls

CE212-19 | Elevator regenerative power & voltage drop (ON THE AGENDA OF THE MONTHLY ELEVATOR & ESCALATOR MEETING)

CE213-19 | Escalator & moving walk regenerative power (ON THE AGENDA OF THE MONTHLY ELEVATOR & ESCALATOR MEETING)

CE214-19 | Include customer-owned service conductors in the 5 percent voltage drop limit identified in the National Electrical Code

CE215-19*, et al | More electrical power monitoring hardware

CE216-19*. et al | More automatic receptacle control hardware

CE217-19 | Include electric vehicle charging fixtures in new construction

CE219-19 | Expansion of required energy efficiency requirements

CE224-19 | HVAC system electrical power efficiency requirements

CE237-19*. et al | More electrical power monitoring hardware

CE238-19 | Electrical Energy Storage Systems

CE261-19 | Change of occupancy energy use intensity

CE262-19 | Electrical energy storage system-ready area

CE263-19 Part I&II&III* | Required PV systems for all commercial buildings larger than 5000 square feet/community solar facilities

CE265-19 | Energy Storage Systems

Many large research universities have customer-owned power systems that supply average demand upwards of 100 megawatts daily.  We hope for informed, fair discussion.

* There are so many proposals for expansion of electrical control, monitoring and metering hardware that we identify only one of many conceptually related proposals here.   Refer to the standing agenda of the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee for additional technical specifics.

The next meeting of the ICC Group B Codes Committee will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 20-23rd (CLICK HERE for more information).  We encourage our colleagues in the region to attend the conference.

University of Nevada Las Vegas


Issue: [16-169]

Category: Architectural, Facility Asset Management, Space Planning

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Scott Gibbs, Jim Harvey, Jose MeijerJoe Tedesco



ICC Group B Code Development Schedule


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