Tips for Voters In the 2021 IECC Update

The 2021 International Energy Conservation Code voting dates are set! Voting begins on Tuesday, Nov. 19 and ends on Friday, Dec. 6. If you are a Governmental Member Voting Representative (GMVR), please read through these tips to help ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.

New Buildings Institute (NBI) in partnership with the Energy Efficient Code Coalition (EECC) collaborated to create a 2021 IECC Voters Guide, which highlights the most important energy efficiency and climate proposals in the 2021 IECC update. These proposals were selected among hundreds of other proposals included in the update because they have the greatest potential to reduce energy use and carbon emissions in residential and commercial buildings by at least 10%.

Voting resources

Read the 2021 IECC Voters Guide from EECC, NBI and other partners

For more information, see the EECC Complete Commercial Proposals List, EECC Complete Residential Proposals List and the NBI Top Proposals Explained Factsheet

Watch an on demand webinar: The IECC Process Explained: A Guide for Voters

View NBI’s 2021 IECC webpages with links to the actual proposals

Steps to successful voting

Before voting begins, ensure you have created a password and PIN. When you registered to vote with the ICC, you should have received a confirmation email that contained your username (email address) and temporary password. In order to complete your online account you must do three more things:

  1. Log in and change your temporary password.
  2. Once you have changed your password, you will be prompted to enter your date of birth.
  3. Then you will be prompted to create a unique PIN.

The ICC website is not easy to navigate. View a step-by-step guide to changing your password and PIN. Both your PIN and date of birth are required security questions in order to vote, so keep your password and PIN handy.

Reach out to your colleagues. Once you have completed your online account and you’re all set to vote, offer to help your colleagues. Share the Top Proposals Explained Factsheet with them. You might even consider organizing a voting party to get your colleagues in the room at the same time to vote together.

Carve out time in your schedule to vote. Voting takes place between Nov. 18 and Dec. 5. We estimate it will take about two hours to vote on all of the proposals. If you don’t have that much time, please allow about one hour to vote for the priority proposals highlighted int he 2021 IECC Voting Guide. This subset of proposals have the greatest potential to reduce energy use and carbon emissions in residential and commercial buildings by at least 10%.

Want more? Check out a new blog by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on the vote:

Contact us if you need help. If you have questions about the voting process or any of the proposals, do not hesitate to reach out to Amy Cortese, NBI Director of Programs, at [email protected].