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AIA Considering ICC Group B Code Change Proposals for Co-Sponsorship

  • 1.  AIA Considering ICC Group B Code Change Proposals for Co-Sponsorship

    Posted 08-21-2018 12:59
    What: AIA Codes Network members can propose code changes for the next ICC code development cycle (Group B in 2019)
    Why: To encourage AIA members to get involved in the ICC code development process
    Who: Any AIA member interested in improving the I-Codes
    When: Submit your code change proposal(s) to the AIA Code Advocacy Program by September 27, 2018 at the latest (earlier is always better!)
    How: Online via cdpACCESS and via email to
    Questions?: Contact Paul Karrer at or (202) 626-2562

    "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, December 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 (the 2021 I-Codes) will greatly influence the building codes adopted in the states and municipalities across the United States where you practice.


    Just like a year ago for the Group A code cycle, the AIA is developing code change proposals for Group B in calendar year 2019. If you have improvements to the code you would like the AIA to consider co-sponsoring, send your code change proposal(s) to us at by Thursday, September 27, 2018. We will review these submissions and respond by Thursday, November 15, 2018. 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 ICC via cdpACCESS (details below) – on the behalf of yourself, your firm, and/or your state or local AIA component.


    Before you submit your code proposal(s) to us for consideration, please review the available information on the 2018/2019 ICC Code Development Cycle (scroll to the bottom), including the full cycle schedule. Please note that Monday, January 7, 2019 is the deadline for submitting code change proposals for the Group B code groups to ICC via cdpACCESS. Those code groups are listed below. Those not listed were included in Group A in early 2018 and will not be up for consideration in calendar year 2019).


    2019 Group B code groups (7):

    ADMIN (all I-Codes)

    • ADMIN: Chapter 1 of all the I-Codes except the IECC, IgCC and IRC [Also includes the update of currently referenced standards in all of the 2018 I-Codes, except the IgCC]

    International Building Code (IBC)

    • IBC-S: IBC Structural provisions. IBC Chapters 15 – 25 and IEBC structural provisions.

    International Existing Building Code (IEBC)

    • IEBC non-structural provisions

    International Green Construction Code (IgCC)

    • IgCC: Chapter 1 provisions only [Remainder of the code is based on the provisions of ASHRAE Standard 189.1 – The 2018 IgCC is scheduled to be published this year]

    International Residential Code (IRC)

    • IRC-B: IRC Building provisions

    International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)

    • IECC-C: IECC Commercial provisions
    • IECC-R/IRC-E: IECC Residential provisions and IRC Energy provisions in Chapter 11



    •  Homepage/Login | Register an account | Create a new proposal
    • cdpACCESS allows you to create code change proposals and public comments and store them in the cloud for easy access and submission. You can also invite colleagues to view, comment and collaborate on your proposals/comments. Once you log in, click on "Proposals," then "Create New Proposal" to begin.
    • Support: Email or call (855) 422-2371


    AIA Codes Advocacy Program Timeline

    • Thursday, September 27, 2018: Deadline for sending your code change proposal(s) for possible co-sponsorship to the AIA Codes Advocacy Program – Email us at
    • Thursday, November 15, 2018: AIA Codes Advocacy Program staff will notify AIA members whether or not their proposal(s) were selected for co-sponsorship.
    • Monday, January 7, 2019: Deadline to submit all code change proposals to ICC online via cdpACCESS.


    If you have any questions about this process, please don't hesitate to contact Paul Karrer at or (202) 626-2562.

    Maggie Brown
    Specialist, Knowledge Communities
    The American Institute of Architects
    Washington DC