Building Codes

The National Research Council of Canada is in its final stages of developing model building codes for 2020, which are updated every five years.

The International Code Council’s 2021 building codes cycle was moving along as expected, but a last-minute wave of newly-registered voters appears to have derailed the online vote in what appears to be a concerted effort to impact the code development process.

Late last year, local and state officials voted in droves to boost building efficiency in the 2021 update to America’s Model Energy Code – the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) – by 12-17%.

Brief summaries of legislative actions being taken that could impact building codes in Florida, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Washington.

Over the past two years, the International Code Council’s (ICC) family of I-Codes have been undergoing development for the 2021 editions of the International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), and International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), among others.  Documentation and results of 2018 Group A and 2019 Group B code development processes are found at here

The code development process for the 2021 editions of the International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), and International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) are coming to a close.

The Florida Building Commission considers updates to the statewide building code every three years.

The State of New York has launched the NYStretch Energy Code 2020, a statewide model building code that communities can voluntarily adopt to reduce energy consumption, operating costs, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Contractors and builders continue to find themselves at odds with environmental activists when it comes to changing local building codes.

On October 1, the 2019 Oregon Zero Energy Ready Commercial Code became effective.