Wednesday, March 4, 2009

RAM Discusses Codes, Criteria, Cash

Because of budget constraints brought about by a weak economy, the International Code Council (ICC) is moving to a single-cycle process for developing 2012 version of the codes.

Garrett Stone of Brickfield, Burchette, Ritts & Stone, P.C., chair of the Regulatory Affairs and Marketing Committee, also told meeting attendees that:

-- the 2009 version of the IECC is out and the ICC claims that it represents a ten-to-fifteen percent improvement in energy efficiency

-- seven states - Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin - have adopted the 2006 IECC since NFRC last met in November in Jacksonville

Rich Karney of the U.S. Department of Energy provided an update on the development of new ENERGY STAR(R) criteria. Karney said that he intends to release new criteria for comment on March 10 with final criteria to be issued no later than April 3 for implementation on January 1, 2010. He also let attendees know that the tax credit U-factor and SHGC requirements included in the stimulus bill "will influence ENERGY STAR."

Marc Lafrance, also of DOE, told attendees that new funding has become available for fenestration research, development and demonstration projects as a result of the stimulus package. He encouraged interested parties to visit to keep track of solicitations going forward.

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