The International Code Council (ICC) has completed the first round of code development hearings for the Group B cycle. In early 2018, ICC began updating their entire family of national model building codes, which often serve as the basis for state and local building codes. ICC is now considering numerous proposed codes changes of particular interest to apartments relating to building energy performance, sustainability and existing building requirements.
NMHC and NAA are actively involved in the code development process to ensure that the unique needs of the multifamily industry are considered and that proposed changes do not unnecessarily undermine the affordability and availability of housing. Numerous proposals were defeated that would have increased construction costs and required the use of materials, new technologies and building systems without proven benefits in multifamily housing. However, the apartment industry continues to push back against proposals that would raise energy efficiency requirements without consideration of cost-effectiveness or technical feasibility.
The ICC is now soliciting additional feedback on proposals through the Public Comment Process that runs through July 24th. Information about apartment industry priorities during the first development phase is available at: https://www.nmhc.org/research-insight/analysis-and-guidance/2021-icc-recommendations/ and information about the remainder of the 2021 ICC code cycle is available at: https://www.iccsafe.org/codes-tech-support/codes/code-development/current-code-development-cycle/.