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The goal of the Building Performance Knowledge Community (BPKC) is to promote architects as leaders in the application of technical design for building performance; in the use of high-performance design criteria, codes, and standards; and in programming, designing and managing building performance. To advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the architecture profession, AIA members, building owners, the construction industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that create buildings that are healthy, energy efficient, and durable.

Calling for AIA Code Review Team Volunteers - 2018 IECC

  • 1.  Calling for AIA Code Review Team Volunteers - 2018 IECC

    Posted 03-04-2016 13:01

    TDBP members,

    As promised, I am forwarding an awesome opportunity for those of you keen to get involved in energy codes policy work (via code development). I'm pasting below a message targeted at member groups like yours. Check it out and get in touch with me if you want to join the team! And feel free to forward to your colleagues!

    Email or call (202) 626-2562.

    Paul Karrer



    Thank you for your interest in being a part of the AIA Code Review Team for the International Code Council (ICC) Group B Code Development Cycle. This effort is vital to the AIA’s impact on the consensus process that will determine the technical content and scope of our nation’s model building codes, which will influence the state and local codes adopted in your community that affect your practice daily. Through the leadership of the AIA Codes and Standards Committee (C&S), we aim to proactively engage with AIA members openly and in pertinent issues as they arise to achieve the Institute’s vision to build and protect communities that promote health, safety and welfare. Your participation here supports the AIA’s position promoting regulations that assure the design and construction of safe, sustainable buildings and resilient communities.

    Among the national model codes that will be debated and voted during Group B in the 2016 calendar year are the 2018 editions of the:

    • International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
    • International Fire Code (IFC)
    • International Building Code (IBC) – structural provisions only
    • International Existing Building Code (IEBC) – structural provisions only
    • International Residential Code (IRC)
    • Administrative provisions of all 2018 ICC codes

    In September 2015, the C&S Committee held a webinar for advocates interested in participating in the ICC Group B Code Development Cycle. This provides a great overview and introduction for those new to the process. We encourage you to check it out! You can even get AIA continuing education credit:Home | Flyer | PDF | Recording | AIA LUs

    The proposals to change these codes will be debated over 11 days (April 17-27) at the ICC Group B Committee Action Hearings (CAH) in Louisville, KY. AIA staff and members of the C&S Committee will attend these hearings to support the AIA’s positions on these code change proposals.

    Significant work and collaboration lies ahead. The number of proposals is expected to be very large. Any and all assistance from volunteers from our different membership groups is much needed and appreciated. The realities of the schedule dictate a very short timeframe in which we can conduct this review. ICC will release the entire set of code change proposals (known as a monograph) to the public on March 8, leaving just five weeks until the hearings begin. Our staff has targeted a three-week period (March 21 to April 8) for volunteers to review and submit their feedback on the proposals assigned to them.

    We will likely schedule on onboarding call the week of March 14 to go over the process of reviewing individual proposals and making assignments.


    If you have any questions about this process, please contact Paul Karrer, AIA Manager of Building Codes Policy, at or (202) 626-2562.

    Paul Karrer
    Manager, Building Codes Policy
    The American Institute of Architects
    Washington DC