2019 is a critical year for getting to zero. Improving the efficiency stringency in the energy code is the single most impactful action we can take to improve the buildings where people live and work.
Realization of these goals is on the line right now–and in the hands of local governments. This November, governmental agencies that have registered as an International Code Council member by March 29th will vote to update the 2021 IECC. This code update will impact family budgets, power grids, local economies and national energy and climate policy for generations to come. Of the 100,000+ potential voters eligible to vote in the last code update cycle, under 500 cast votes for the last IECC. With just 535 more pro-efficiency votes, it would have been 10% more efficient than it is today, already reducing carbon emissions, saving households and business thousands in reduced energy bills, and setting America on track for reduced reliance on energy. Even jurisdictions that don’t use the IECC should participate by voting because they will benefit from the market development that’s associated with and stimulated by advanced energy codes.
Participating in the IECC is easy. The first step is to register your “Governmental Membership,” identify your Primary Representative, and pay your annual dues by March 29, 2019 to ensure you can participate. This can be done at www.iccsafe.org/membership/join-icc.
Registered eligible voters will define the future of the built environment. Eligible voters in the 2021 IECC process are officially called “Governmental Member Voting Representatives.” GMVRs include local government code officials, building inspectors, fire marshals, sustainability staff, policy staff, public utilities or other state or local government officials that are (according to ICC rules) “engaged either full or part time, in the administration, formulation, implementation or enforcement of laws, ordinances, rules or regulations related to public health, safety and welfare.” GMVRs work for governmental units, departments and agencies engaged in the administration, formulation, implementation or enforcement of laws, ordinances, rules or regulations relating to public health, safety and welfare” (ICC Bylaws and Council Policies Article II – ‘Membership’, Section 2.1).
For more information and to learn more about the 2021 IECC code advancement process:
- 2021 IECC fact sheet
- March 5, 2019 webinar, now available on-demand
- Energy Efficient Codes Coalition
To learn more about the voting process and how you can participate, contact Amy Cortese, NBI director of programs, at [email protected]