2018 International Energy Conservation Code Advocacy Campaign

ICLEI is partnering with the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, National Association of Regional Councils, Urban Sustainability Directors Network, Institute for Market Transformation, and the Building Codes Assistance Project to provide opportunities to local governments to learn more about building energy codes and how to participate in the voting process for the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code.

Building energy codes are an important policy for achieving local energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions reductions. These codes set the minimum standard of energy efficiency for building structures. Buildings consume about 40% of total U.S. energy use, so ensuring these buildings are as efficient as possible is an essential component of meeting ambitious GHG reduction goals.

In 2016, officials from municipalities and states have the opportunity to cast one of the most critical energy policy votes when the International Code Council updates America’s Model Energy Code (the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Program Benefits

  • Be recognized as a leading municipality on building energy codes.
  • Opportunity to be involved early in code development
  • Opportunity to vote in support of efficiency gains
  • Local building departments gain valuable knowledge of code changes which will help improve compliance when the code is adopted.
  • Codes are an effective means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Help stabilize energy costs for homeowners, businesses, and manufacturers
  • Strengthen the economy

Program Features

  • Development and access to educational materials on building energy codes
  • Opportunity to join advocacy meetings and webinars
  • Training on use of cdpAccess
  • Direct involvement in building code development
  • Vote on code changes that are important to your community

Get Involved!

  • Submit Names of Your Voting Representatives (GMVRs) to the ICC by September 19, 2016
  • Send government voting member representatives to participate in Public Comment Hearings in Kansas City from October 19-25, 2016
  • Make sure all GMVRs vote using cdpAccess to promote efficiency from November 8-21, 2016

Travel Scholarships available

ICLEI USA is providing travel scholarships to local governments for the express intent of enabling qualified local government officials (GMVRs) to attend the ICC Final Comment Hearings in Kansas City, MO, October 19-25, 2016. While the travel scholarship is intended to partially cover expenses of the individual traveler, the expense reimbursement payment will be made only to the local government (i.e. the traveler’s employer.) Please note, your voting representatives must have been registered with the ICC by September 19 in order to vote.

If you are interested in a scholarship, you must fill out an application. Funds will be provided on a first-come basis while available. For more information including application instructions and terms and conditions, please click here.

Additional Resources

Webinar Recording: Improving Efficiency in the 2018 IECC through Online Voting with cdpACCESS

Here is a comprehensive guide of all 180 proposals that impact energy efficiency and a fast-track guide of 119 proposals for which EECC offers voting recommendations.

Here are  27 proposals which are most significant to energy efficiency.

Webinar Recording: The Best Public Policy Choices for Advancing the IECC in Kansas City

Webinar Recording: How to Register to Vote on the 2018 IECC

EECC Campaign Fact Sheet: 2016 Goals

EECC Significant Proposals Fact Sheet

EECC Action Alert: You must register your ICC Governmental Voting Representatives by Sept. 19, 2016

How to Register and Validate Governmental Member Voting Representatives With the International Code Council

EECC Significant Proposals Fact Sheet

2016 USCM Resolution 49

2016 ICC Government Membership Application

International Code Council (ICC)

ICC Voter Validation Process FAQs

America’s Model Energy Code Webinar Presentation

Webinar Recording: Will the Nation’s Model Energy Code save energy in 2018

Webinar Recording: How to vote on-line for “floor motions” with cdpACCESS at the International Code Council

Energy Efficient Codes Coalition Fact Sheet


For More Information, please contact:
Riana Ackley,
Senior Officer, Network Relations