2018 IECC Code

Codes And Policy, New Construction

nbi_fs_mf_code_-ce272-16_201609_image1Voting members, be sure to vote! The CDP voting period is November 8 through November 22. All votes are important, but be sure to review NBI’s Voting Recommendations and the following General Energy Efficiency Voting Recommendations before you vote.

NBI continues its leading edge code work in the 2018 IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) cycle. Proposals for the IECC by NBI include a unified chapter for multifamily housing codes and a lighting measure to begin to tackle indoor agricultural energy usage before the industry expands further.

Multifamily: CE272nbi_fs_mf_code_-ce272-16_201609_image2
Recommended vote: AMPC
Multifamily poses a conundrum for energy codes. Generally, these buildings are constructed and renovated like commercial buildings but used like residential buildings. As a result, regulation of multifamily buildings has been split between the residential and commercial sections of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Multifamily buildings fall under four stories and higher (hi-rise) fall under the commercial section and multifamily buildings three stories or lower (low-rise) by the residential section.
In order to address this issue and substantially improve the regulation of energy in multifamily buildings, New Buildings Institute submitted proposal CE272 and a related public comment to revise how energy codes address multifamily housing.
Download the factsheet to learn more about how CE272 will improve the code for multifamily buildings.

Indoor Agriculture: CE 200
Recommended vote: AMPC
Indoor agriculture has largely been in the realm of science fiction until recently. But today, startup companies across the country are using artificial lighting to grow food, medical and recreational crops in indoor facilities. Energy use in the burgeoning expansion of indoor agriculture is entirely unregulated. Practices between growers span a wide continuum between garage-scale operations and automated industrial facilities.

Voting for the Modification to CE-200 is the code officials’ only opportunity to provide this critically important model code language to jurisdictions across the nation.
Download the factsheet

IECC Proposal Webinar
Find out more about NBI’s 2018 IECC Proposals and the 5 Key Votes from our recent October webinar. The NBI team was joined by multifamily housing and energy efficiency expert and advocate Nehemiah Stone. Watch the webinar now.