Building Codes Activity
The Iowa Building Code Advisory Committee (BCAC) is holding meetings to discuss the potential adoption of the 2015 International Code Council (ICC) model building codes, however, the council wants to review possible amendments to the 2015 IECC before they vote to move forward with the adoption process. Several amendments have been proposed by the Energy Code Working Group, so the BCAC will review the 2015 IECC and proposed amendments, and vote to determine if the adoption process will continue at the next meeting on Tuesday, May 3.
The Ohio Board of Building Standards (BBS) is currently reviewing the 2012 and 2015 IECC commercial and residential provisions as a first step to the consideration of state adoption. The BBS staff is still reviewing the IECC/ASHRAE 90.1 provisions so there has been limited discussion about the commercial code at the BBS meetings. The Residential Code Advisory Committee (RCAC) met on Wednesday, March 30 where MEEA presented findings from the DOE Residential Energy Code Compliance Studies in eight states. According to the BBS Calendar, the next RCAC meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 27.
On Tuesday, March 2 the Commercial Building Code Council convened to review the differences between their current Commercial Energy Code (2009 IECC amended), and the 2012 and 2015 IECC. The Council went line by line and discussed the implications that each change would have on building practices in the state. In addition to learning about the changes in the codes, the Council also motioned and approved moving the effective date of Commercial Code updates to Spring 2017. The council also met on April 5, but there was limited discussion about the energy code. Minutes from the March 2 meeting can be found on their website. The next meeting, where they will likely continue to review the commercial energy code, will be Tuesday, May 3.