The International Code Council (ICC) is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets use the I-Codes including the International Building Code (IBC) for new commercial construction.
Any interested individual or group may submit a code change proposal and participate in the proceedings in which proposals are considered. This open debate and participation before a committee of representatives from across the construction industry, including code regulators and construction industry representatives, ensures a consensus of the construction community in the decision-making process. A major advantage of ICC’s consensus-based private-sector code development process is that it allows both the ICC code development committees and eligible voting members at the code change hearings to participate in establishing the results of each proposal. Voting members may either ratify the committee’s recommendation or make their own recommendation. The results of all votes are published in the report of the ICC code development hearings.
Portland Cement Association participates heavily in the ICC code development process and focuses on requirements for passive fire containment and separation. In addition, PCA provides an enhanced resiliency option for those jurisdictions wishing to adopt stronger codes.
PCA encourages the active participation of individuals or groups interested in code development. Contact Jay Hall or Marc Nard for more information on how to participate.
Three groups incorporate all the ICC codes (A, B and C). Each group holds two types of hearings - the Spring hearings, also called Committee hearings, and the Fall hearings, or Public Comment Hearings. The schedule follows:
ICC Group Hearings
(Click on the event for PCA evaluation of changes proposed at each event)
Spring Hearings, April 19-28, 2015, Memphis, Tennessee
Public Comment Hearings, September 30 – October 7, 2015, Long Beach, California
Spring Hearings, April 11-27, 2016, Louisville, Kentucky
Public Comment Hearings, October 16-18, 2016, Kansas City, Missouri
Spring Hearings, April 23-30, 2017, Louisville, Kentucky
Public Comment Hearings, October 25-31, 2017, Columbus, Ohio
ICC Annual Conferences
September 27-29, 2015, Long Beach, California
October 16-18, 2016, Kansas City, Missouri
October 22-24, 2017, Columbus, Ohio
In 2010, the National Association of Home Builders and the International Code Council partnered on the revision of a national green building standard for single and multi-family construction. The resulting ICC-700 National Green Building Standard®, published in 2012, became the first residential code document conducted through an accredited ANSI full consensus process. As of December, 2014, the Home Innovation Research Lab has certified over 40,000 condominiums, apartments, and single family homes through the National Green Building Standard.
This 2012 version incorporated many significant changes to the Standard including:
- Referencing the 2009 International Energy Code, which is approximately 15 percent more stringent than the 2006 version.
- A new chapter on remodeling and renovation which re-prioritizes the credits to include energy and water efficiency.
- A new chapter on Development and Lot Design to incentivize green strategies in layout, transportation proximity, site impacts, and how the property is interfaces with the surrounding community.
Read more on ICC-700 National Green Building Standard, National Association of Home Builders, 2012.
ICC Committee 122 on Thermal Properties and Performance of Concrete Masonry Systems
ICC Archives ICC Annual Conference
September 28-30, 2014, Fort Lauderdale, Florida ICC Group C Public Comment Hearing
October 1-5, 2014 Fort Lauderdale, Florida