2018 International Energy Conservation Code Advocacy Campaign



Benefits of Participation

Be recognized as a leading region on building energy codes.

Be involved early in code development to assure fewer changes during adoption.

Local building departments gain valuable knowledge of code changes which will help improve compliance when the code is adopted.

Access to first-class resources and analysis on building energy codes and energy code compliance.



2016 ICC Government Membership Application (PDF Download)

Webinar: America’s Model Energy Code (Recording)

Webinar: Will the Nation’s Model Energy Code Save Energy in 2018? (Recording)

Webinar: How to Vote on the 2018 IECC Floor Motions with cdpAccess (Recording)



For more information on how to sign up, contact Anna Rosenbaum.

What Are Building Energy Codes?

Building energy codes are an effective tool that regions and local governments can use to reduce energy consumption, electricity bills, and carbon emissions. These codes set the minimum energy efficiency requirements for building construction and renovation. Building energy codes improve efficiency by creating construction guidelines and selecting building components, including wall and ceiling insulation, window and door specifications, heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment and system efficiency, and lighting density and controls.

Buildings are one of the largest users of energy in the United States, amounting to 41% of all energy consumption, 72% of electricity usage, and over 1/3 of greenhouse gas emissions.

Want to Influence National Energy Policy?

Today’s building codes are 30% more efficient than they were ten years ago, but there is still room for improvement/ growth. The following is what you need to know to get involved:

  • The codes are developed through a democratic process in which any jurisdiction has the right to participate.
  • Local governments and city agencies must be members of the International Code Council (ICC) to participate.
  • Each registered entity can designate four, eight, or twelve people as Government Member Voting Representatives. The number of representatives is based on population size.
  • Once registered, government officials can vote on code change proposal using cdpACCESS, a new electronic voting process. Voting is November 7-18, 2016.

Be an Informed Voter!

Over the next year, NARC will provide opportunities for regional councils and their member jurisdictions to learn more about building energy codes and how to make your vote count. NARC will offer webinars, tailored technical assistance, workshops, and resources to help your region participate in the national campaign.

About the Project

NARC is partnering with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Urban Sustainability Directors Network, Institute for Market Transformation, and the Building Codes Assistance Project to create regional and local government awareness of the code update opportunity, educate regional and local government staff on the building energy code key issues, and assist regional and local governments in participating in the voting process for the 2018 IECC.

Visit http://energyefficientcodes.com/power/ to learn more about energy efficient codes and our campaign.




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