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News from Codes for Climate
After launching the Codes for Climate initiative in June 2021, the NBI and RMI team convened state and local government stakeholders to help identify the key principles of climate-aligned codes, and provide feedback on draft amendments for the 2024 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Using this feedback, the NBI team developed and submitted more than 50 code change proposals to the 2024 IECC, with proponents from state and local government signing on to support many of these.  

Looking Ahead

In 2022, we will build on our collective efforts to further climate-aligned code adoption and implementation. We will continue to support and contribute to the IECC and ASHRAE development processes while also working with state and local jurisdictions on stretch codes to move further toward zero carbon new construction. We will ensure that our work is additive by partnering with other organizations and working with the federal government and national labs. 

This is our last newsletter of 2021, and we hope you enjoy a restful holiday season in preparation for the work ahead in the new year. To track our work in 2022 please visit the Codes for Climate website. And in the meantime, feel free to email us.
In the News

NBI’s Director of Codes Kim Cheslak was interviewed by Governing Magazine about the relationship between energy codes and state energy efficiency goals.
Codes and Standards Development Updates

On November 15, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act became law, representing a significant investment of over $1.2 trillion in energy, water, internet and physical infrastructure. The law includes $225 million in fiscal years 2022-2026 for the U.S. Department of Energy to distribute as grants in support of energy code development, training, adoption and implementation. 
After an open application process, the International Code Council (ICC) announced the voting member rosters for the Residential and Commercial Subcommittees to support and advise the Consensus Committees on specific topics. Subcommittee and Committee meetings are open to the public. Upcoming meetings:

The ICC released the monograph of all code change proposals submitted for the 2024 IECC. Following this release, they will also outline the consensus committee procedures and process flow chart, as well as provide an overview of the committee process over the coming weeks and months.

The 2022 Group B codes, which include Admin, IBC-S, IEBC, IgCC (Ch. 1) and IRC–B, are open for proposed changes. The deadline for Group B proposal submittal is 11:59pm PT on January 10, 2022. See the Updated 2021/2022 ICC Code Development Schedule here for more information.
New Resources
The 2024 IECC Complete Monograph is now available here.
Upcoming Events
  • Follow the ICC Codes and Standards calendar here.
  • DOE Building Energy Codes training courses webinar schedule is here.
  • 2022 ASHRAE Winter Conference: Jan. 29 - Feb. 2, 2022 (Las Vegas, NV and virtual). Register here.