Resistance to 2012 I-Codes Possibly Reduced?

March 27, 2012

In her Code Arena column from the March/April issue of Window & Door, Julie Ruth, code consultant for the American Architectural Manufacturers Assocation reported that states were slow to adopt some of the 2012 International Codes, in part due to resistance by the National Association of Home Builders.  She now suggests there have been some recent developments that may improve the relationship between NAHB and the International Code Council.

In late February, Ruth reports, the ICC board of directors voted to include reference to ICC 700, a residential green standard developed jointly by NAHB and ICC several years ago in the ICC's International Green Construction Code currently under development. The vote makes ICC 700 the default code for low rise (less than four stories) residential construction in jurisdictions that have not adopted another green code for residences.  The change also makes ICC 700 an optional compliance path for mid- to high- rise (four or more stories) residential construction, including multifamily projects.

This expands the scope of the reference to ICC 700 well beyond anything that was approved by the ICC membership, Ruth states. She speculates that  it may be an attempt on the part of the ICC to appease NAHB and perhaps remove, or at least reduce, NAHB's opposition to the 2012 International Codes, which could potentially speed adoption in various states around the country.