Let’s have a look at the ideas running through the first draft of the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code, shall we? The International Code Council released the Complete Monograph of proposed revisions a few days ago. These documents are the template for the hearings that will take place in Albuquerque starting late April. The monographs are linked below:
While our focus tends to be on the commercial facility docket, we keep an eye on the residential docket because, a) many colleges and universities own and operate square-footage on the periphery of their campuses that is classified as residential, b) many student rental houses are obviously classified as residential and we want property owners to be able to afford reasonable energy conservation measures for the houses they rent to students.*
That much said, a short list of the ideas we have been tracking in proposals for the next revision:
- Education facilities as storm shelters
- Laboratory ventilation
- Classroom lighting
- Expansion of lighting controls
- Expansion of receptacle controls
There are others. The ICC Group public hearings were completed earlier this month. The unofficial results have been released and we are waiting for the official results — with the complete monograph — to be released in early June. Ahead of the release, we will sort through which proposals were accepted and which were accepted; which we agree and disagree with. We will have until mid-July to respond with written comments. See our CALENDAR for the next Energy Conservation standards or I-Codes for Education Facilities online teleconference open to everyone.
Finally, note the ICC Group B Hearings will be hosted in mid-October in Las Vegas. We encourage our colleagues in the region to attend. CLICK HERE for more information.
Category: Architectural, Facility Asset Management, Space Planning
Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey, Jack Janveja, Richard Robben, Larry Spielvogel
* We generally try to steer clear of town-gown property issues. These issues can and should be managed by local safety and sustainability professionals.
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