Around the Nation: Opportunities To Weigh In

Here are opportunities to have your voice heard in Connecticut, North Carolina and Massachusetts, and on NAHB/HIRL and ASHRAE.

1. Connecticut. The State plans to adopt the 2015 suite of I-codes in 2017. The energy sub-code committee will report on March 22 to look at IECC and IRC requirements. Code change proposals are being accepted through March 31. Proposals must be submitted via the Code Change Proposal form (PDF) and must be accompanied by sufficient supporting material to allow the committee to properly consider the merits of the proposal. Requests for in-person presentations are being accepted. Proposals should be submitted (email preferred) to: Department of Administrative Services Office of the State Building Inspector 450 Columbus Blvd. Suite 1303 Hartford, CT 06103 Fax: 860-713-7410 Email: DAS.CodesStandards@ct.gov.

2. North Carolina. North Carolina continues to review the 2015 IECC for both residential and commercial. There will be another meeting of the NC Building Code Council on March 14 at the NCSU McKimmon Center in Raleigh. A public comment period is open until April 17. Written comments may be sent to: Barry Gupton Secretary, NC Building Code Council NC Department of Insurance 1202 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-1202 The anticipated effective date of the 2018 North Carolina State Building Code is January 1, 2019.

3. Massachusetts. Despite updating its energy code just last year to reference the 2015 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2013, the state will hold two public hearings to consider amendments not incorporated in the current (8th) edition of the state building code. In addition to amendments that didn’t pass last year, new code change proposals will also be considered when Massachusetts adopts the entire 2015 I-code package as its 9th edition later this year. The public comment draft includes language on solar ready roofs and EV charger ready wiring, but otherwise does not change the already-adopted energy code. The two hearings will take place at 10am on March 7 in Boston and March 14 in Springfield. Written comments are also being accepted by e-mailing Robert Anderson at Robert.Anderson@state.ma.us.

4. NAHB/HIRL. The 2018 National Green Building Standard (ICC/ASHRAE-700) development process is now underway. Stakeholders and members of the public are eligible to submit proposed changes for committee consideration online. The deadline for proposed changes is March 12.

5. ASHRAE. The public comment period for Standard 214P, Standard for Determining and Expressing Building Energy Performance in a Rating Program (Second Independent Substantive Change Public Review Draft), is open until March 12th . One can submit comments using this link.