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2021 International Energy Conservation Code

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2021 International Energy Conservation Code

January 14, 2019
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By meeting online every Friday at 11 AM Eastern time, we are now putting the hammer down developing 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 Council Group B Code Development Schedule proposals are due January 7, 2019 however there is an announcement on a separate page indicating that the deadline has been extended to January 14, 2019

Other ICC documents on the Group B code development schedule that affect #TotalCostofOwnership of the education facilities are the International Existing Building Code and the International Green Construction Code.  Some office campus and/or outlying student residence facilities may also be affected by development in International Residential Construction Code.

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.

University of New Mexico

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 Friday, December 7th 11:00 AM Eastern time.  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.

Finally, note the ICC Group B Hearings will be hosted April 28 – May 8, 2019,  at the Albuquerque Convention Center.  We encourage our colleagues in the region to attend.   CLICK HERE for more information

Issue: [Various]

Category: Architectural, Facility Asset Management, Space Planning

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey, Jack Janveja, Richard Robben, Larry Spielvogel

Standards New Mexico


Link to Legacy University of Michigan Advocacy Project Workspace

ICC Group A Public Comment Monograph

US Department of Energy Building Energy Codes Program

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