Toward a Better Code Process

 

The Energy Efficient Codes Coalition wants to streamline the ICC code process and make it fairer.

The Energy Efficient Codes Coalition (EECC) submitted recommendations to the ICC Board of Directors regarding potential improvements to the ICC Code Development Process (CDP), particularly designed to keep any one entity from wielding too much influence in the CDP. Here they are in a nutshell:

  • Reduce the percentage of builder-designated seats and include no more than one builder-designated rep on any code development committee.
  • Require representatives designated by a specific entity (such as NAHB) for seats on code development committees to recuse themselves when a proposal from the entity that designated them is before the committee.
  • Revise assembly actions to be more meaningful in the CDP; if approved, the assembly action should carry more weight than the committee decision on the same proposal and should replace the committee decision as the standing motion at the public comment hearing and for cdpAccess.
  • Change the process to encourage public participation in the ICC process, particularly regarding the rules that apply to setting the hearing order.
  • Provide proposed modifications to code change proposals to the public in advance of being heard by the committee, ideally submitted electronically one week before the hearing. Publish the decision on whether a proposed modification is germane in advance of the hearing.
  • Require code action committees to focus on clarifying or improving code language and organization for enhanced usability and avoid controversial issues likely to be addressed by the stakeholders in the CPD process.

If you are interested in reading the full EECC recommendations, contact Bill Fay.