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Document type: Proposals
Publication Date: March 2010
Focus: Code Development
The U.S. Department of Energy submitted 56 code change proposals for the International Code Council's (ICC) Code Development Cycle produced the 2012 I-codes. Thirty-two of the proposals were primarily related to commercial buildings, 24 were for residential buildings. The proposals were mainly to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) though most of the residential proposals also applied to Chapter 11 of the International Residential Code.The central theme of the DOE proposals is to improve energy efficiency. Additionally, for commercial buildings DOE attempted to make the IECC more consistent with ASHRAE Standard 90.1. Finally, some proposals were not intended to change requirements but rather improve the usability of the codes, fix wording, correct errors, etc.DOE invited discussion on these proposals and on preparations for the ICC code hearings that took place from October 24 through November 11, 2009, in Baltimore, Maryland.The proposals are available for download in...
Document type: Proposals
Publication Date: March 2010
Focus: Code Development
The New Buildings Institute (NBI) and American Institute of Architects believe that the 20% to 30% reductions in commercial and high-rise residential building energy use based on this proposal are practical, feasible, and necessary. This proposal employs improvements to design practices and use of widely available products to improve energy efficiency. Many of the elements have been previously published in NBI’s Core Performance Guide and implemented in programs or codes at the local and state levels. Incorporating these enhancements in a model code will help move building practices and markets more quickly, addressing national concerns for energy and the environment in a pragmatic and cost-effective way.