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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.

Influence the next edition of the ICC International Codes

  • 1.  Influence the next edition of the ICC International Codes

    Posted 05-23-2017 12:49

    Below is a critical advocacy opportunity for architects to help shape the direction of our nation's model construction codes with a response deadline of June 1, 2017

    The International Code Council (ICC) is accepting applications to sit on its 2018/2019 Code Committees during the next code cycle to develop the 2021 editions of the ICC International Codes. These committees will have a significant influence on the content of these codes. 

    • Application forms are available here in either Microsoft Word or PDF format (use the links under "Codes and Standards Committees")
    • Applications for the ICC Code Committees are due June 1, 2017. This includes applications for both 2018 Group A and 2019 Group B committees.
    • Those selected to one or more of these ICC Code Committees are authorized to travel at ICC's expense when participating at the Committee Action Hearings in April 2018 and/or April 2019.
    • We particularly encourage any AIA members who are employed by a government entity involved in construction regulation (e.g. code officials, plans examiners, etc.) to submit applications General Interest (G) category.
    • For complete information, including the list of ICC codes that will be considered in either Group A or Group B, visit the ICC Call for Committees webpage and click on the expandable tab marked "2018/2019 Code Committees".
    • If you do decide to apply for one or more ICC code committee, please send us a note at with a copy of your application.
    • Applications will be reviewed by the ICC Codes and Standards Council who is responsible for making recommendations to the ICC Board of Directors who make the final appointment decision. 

    There are currently 17 Code Committees, responsible for the review and evaluation of code change proposals submitted to the 2018 ICC International Codes (which will be published in fall 2017). The codes will be grouped into two cycles: 

    1. 2018 Group A Code Committees considering code change proposals (submitted before January 2018) at the 2018 Committee Action Hearing during the period of April 15 – 25, 2018 in Columbus, OH.
    2. 2019 Group B Code Committees considering code change proposals (submitted before January 2019) at the 2019 Committee Action Hearing during the period of April 28 – May 8, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM. 

    Each cycle will start with a public code change submittal period, with code change proposals due in early January of the applicable calendar year. Code Committee members review the applicable code change proposals under their committee's purview, then meet together in April at the Committee Action Hearing to discuss and hear public testimony on each item before voting to recommend its approval or disapproval.


    Please email or call Paul Karrer (Manager, AIA Building Codes Policy) at (202) 626-2562 with any questions.

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