This dual edition will make it easier to ensure that new and renovated buildings are built in compliance with the latest references available, in compliance with local requirements, and with the goal of ARRA to achieve 90% compliance with these target codes in all 50 states by 2017.
This publication consists of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code and ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 - Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings in one book.
These two documents are recognized in the ARRA as the benchmarks for the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings, respectively. Because they address the same issues and because both may overlap in their coverage of building systems and designs, it makes sense to publish these two documents together - for the benefit of building designers, engineers, and building code compliance personnel.
In some cases, having both documents in one place will make it easier to choose between different design options. In all cases, this dual edition will make it easier to ensure that new and renovated buildings are built in compliance with the latest references available, in compliance with local requirements, and with the goal of ARRA to achieve 90% compliance with these target codes in all 50 states by 2017.
It's a handy and valuable reference you don't want to be without.
This publication constitutes a positive step forward in the efforts of the International Code Council (ICC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to increase the awareness about and application of energy-efficient buildings. And it's a giant step in usability for you.
This publication came about as a direct result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), passed in February 2009 as one of the first priorities of the new U.S. Presidential Administration and the U.S. Congress. ARRA was designed to both stimulate economic recovery, by providing stimulus funding to various sectors of the economy and to accomplish policy goals on which there was broad consensus, such as increasing energy efficiency.
Both ICC and ASHRAE are proud of the processes they administer to produce the International Energy Conservation Code and ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1. They bring together experts, government officials from all levels, and industry representatives who manufacture, service and maintain the systems and products that go into energy-efficient buildings. These open and transparent processes produce documents that are respected and usable by all communities.
About the 2009 International Energy Code:
Conserve energy in all communities, both large and small, by using the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
The IECC addresses the design of energy-efficient building envelopes and the installation of energy-efficient mechanical, lighting, and power systems through requirements emphasizing performance.
The 2009 International Energy Conservation Code includes provisions that apply to both residential and commercial buildings. It establishes provisions that adequately conserve energy and do not necessarily increase construction costs, while not restricting the use of new materials.
The 2009 International Energy Conservation Code encourages energy conservation through efficiency in envelope design, mechanical systems, lighting systems and the use of new materials and techniques.
The 2009 International Energy Conservation Code is designed to provide up-to-date energy conservation provisions for both residential and commercial construction. The code addresses building envelope requirements for thermal performance and air leakage, as well as the installation of energy efficient mechanical, lighting, and power systems. It provides regulations that will help result in the optimal utilization of fossil fuels and nondepletable resources.
Please note that this code is not available in a looseleaf edition.
New to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code:
More stringency throughout the Energy Code.
Emphasis on energy savings requirements, higher R values in different regions.
More restrictive window and door U-Factor and SHGC values in warm climate zones.
The 2009 International Energy Conservation Code will produce approximately 15% in energy efficiency gains compared to the 2006 edition, according to Department of Energy. As a result, homes and commercial buildings, including schools and hospitals built in jurisdictions that adopt the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code, will consume less energy and help the environment by reducing emissions associated with building operation.
A U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) ruling published in the Federal register clears the way for establishing the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as a safe harbor equivalent to the ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1 Standard. The ruling says the Standard, or equivalents like the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code, would achieve greater energy efficiency in commercial buildings compared to previous editions.
New energy efficient provisions in the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code include:
Improved window and skylight efficiencies for homes constructed in "warm humid" and "hot humid" climates which lower energy costs during cooling periods.
An increase in insulation R-values for walls, floors and basements in cold climates to achieve greater heating and cooling savings.
High-efficiency light bulbs as a requirement in at least 50% of permanent lighting fixtures in new homes.
New separate requirements for high-rise condominiums and apartments regarding commercial insulation and window tables.
Radiant heating requirements for unenclosed public spaces.
Clear depiction of mechanical provisions regarding when and where a Demand Control Ventilation strategy is required.
The International Energy Conservation Code published by the International Code Council is tied to federal law determined by Congress and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through the Energy Policy Act of 1992.
It is the only energy code that serves as the basis for federal tax credits for energy-efficient homes, energy efficiency standards for federal residential buildings and manufactured housing, and state energy code determinations.
Author: International Code Council Format: Softcover Copyright: 2009 ISBN: 9781580017992
These apply to all but low-rise residential buildings.
Who is the ICC? It's the International Code Council. The ICC says it's "a member-focused association dedicated to helping the building safety community and construction industry provide safe, sustainable and affordable construction through the development of codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process."
Why should you care? These codes form the basis for how construction must be done.
Many jurisdictions in the USA have adopted International Codes--sometimes in addition to other codes, sometimes in place of them. All fifty states (and U.S. possessions and many jurisdictions outside the USA) have adopted one or more of the International Codes, either with amendments or exactly as is.
Many owners (construction customers) are bound by International Codes, due to corporate policies--especially if the parent company is based outside the USA.
Code convergence is increasing. Other codes are becoming more like the International Codes with each code cycle.
Conforming to these codes, even if not specifically required to do by the local authority having jurisdiction, can make a huge difference in a liability suit.
The International Codes, if not required in your jurisdiction, can fill some "holes" in other applicable codes for engineering or design quality purposes. Thus, they make it easier for you to "sell" to the customer the right way to do the job. You have an authoritative basis for the "price hike" you are proposing over a less suitable design.
If you are not using International Codes now, you will be. Get in the habit of working with these codes.
Bonus! Now, here's a bonus for you. Suppose the state doesn't list a specific code. You do the work, something happens, and you are in court defending yourself against claims that your work resulted in an unsafe installation. There's no inspection report, because there was no standard required by your state. But wait. You did the work per the applicable ICC codes. Now, assuming good workmanship and good materials, the other party has a frivolous case.
Safety first. The International Codes, or I-Codes, published by ICC, provide minimum safeguards for people at home, at school, and in the workplace. The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety and fire prevention codes. Building codes benefit public safety and support the industry’s need for one set of codes without regional limitations.
Federal applications. Many federal agencies (such as the Architect of the Capitol, General Services Administration, National Park Service, Department of State, U.S. Forest Service and the Veterans Administration) require work to be done per the the I-Codes. The Department of Defense references the International Building Code for constructing military facilities, including those that house U.S. troops, domestically and deployed.
Where ICC came from. The founders of the ICC are Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI). At one time, they each published their own codes. But in 1994, they established the International Code Council (ICC) as a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a single set of construction codes. The International Code Series subsequently replaced the codes previously published by these organizations.
Code Compliance Tips
Obviously, you need to know what the regulations and requirements are. That's why you should buy this standard.
As you apply a requirement, look at the principle behind it. If you satisfy the principle, you won't be subject to "interpretation revisions" being forced on you later.
To understand a particular provision, understand its context. So rather than look up a sentence and try to parse out its meaning, look at the entire code and how it's arranged. Where does the provision fit within this framework, and what is that chapter or section trying to accomplish?
Remember that members of all code-making bodies write the codes in respect to the laws of physics, and to the body of knowledge in the respective trade or skill area addressed by the code. If you also understand these things, then you will be able to more properly apply a given code requirement.
Codes are nearly always written as minimum requirements. You may need to go beyond the code requirements for optimum operational efficiency or to satisfy engineering requirements based on best practices. The codes almost never limit you from going beyond the requirements.