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.
"As industry leaders and stakeholders, architects must participate in the development and application of appropriate regulations and standards intended to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public." – AIA Directory of Public Policies and Position Statements, April 2017
One of the core functions of the AIA Codes Advocacy Program is to participate in the development of construction codes that make the built environment and our communities safe, resilient, and sustainable. Given the widespread use of the I-Codes across the United States, the AIA actively participates in the International Code Council (ICC) model code development process. The results of this triennial effort will greatly influence the building codes adopted in the states and municipalities across the United States where you practice.
The AIA is developing code change proposals now. If you have improvements to the code you would like the AIA to consider co-sponsoring, send your code change proposal to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 22, 2017. We will review it and respond by November 10, 2017. AIA members whose proposals are not selected for co-sponsorship by the AIA Codes Advocacy Program are certainly welcome to submit their proposals directly to the ICC (details below) – on the behalf of yourself, your firm, and/or your state or local AIA component.
Before you submit your code proposal to us for consideration, please review the available information on the 2018/2019 ICC Code Development Cycle, including the full cycle schedule. Please note that January 8, 2018 is the deadline for submitting code change proposals for the Group A code groups to ICC. They are listed below (those not listed will be included in Group B, which will follow a similar schedule to Group A but in 2019).
2018 Group A code groups:
International Building Code (IBC)
International Residential Code (IRC)
International Fire Code (IFC)
International Urban-Wildland Interface Code (IUWIC)
International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
International Mechanical Code (IMC)
International Plumbing Code (IPC)
International Private Sewer Disposal Code (IPSDC)
International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC)
International Zoning Code (IZC)
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)
AIA Codes Advocacy Program Timeline:
If you have any questions about this process, please don't hesitate to contact Paul Karrer at email@example.com or (202) 626-2562.