The ICC Hearings:
From October 2-9 building officials, industry representatives, and energy efficiency advocates met for the 2013 Public Comment Hearings in Atlantic City, NJ to finalize revisions to the International Code Council’s (ICC) suite of construction codes.
Hundreds of proposals to change one of these so called “I-codes,” the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), were crammed into the last four days of the Public Comment Hearings. With days starting at 8AM sharp and ending as late as 11:30PM, only those with terrific stamina would have been able to take part in the extracurricular amusements offered by the venue.
The IECC is revised every three years, with the new version finalized this month being the 2015 IECC [the “I-codes” are confusingly labeled a different year from when they were written].
Enter Kevin and Don:
As the title suggests, this was my first time attending the Public Comment Hearings—though technically, it was everyone’s first time, since they were formerly known as the Final Action Hearings. I had the good fortune of attending with fellow NEEPer Don Vigneau, a member of the IECC Residential Code Development Committee and a veteran of many previous hearings, who handled my questions about the hearing process and provided a consistent source of banter between trips to the front of the room to testify.