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ICC eliminates building electrification provisions from 2024 update

Codes and Standards

ICC eliminates building electrification provisions from 2024 update

Unexpected move provokes controversy in codes development process


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | April 12, 2024
Image by Mircea Iancu from Pixabay - ICC eliminates building electrification provisions from 2024 update

Image by Mircea Iancu from Pixabay

The International Code Council stripped out provisions from the 2024 update to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) that would have included beefed up circuitry for hooking up electric appliances and car chargers.

The update would have made it more economical for building owners to install solar panels, induction stoves, and heat pumps. Instead, if a building is constructed to the code’s watered-down standards, the owner faces a costly upgrade to electrify the property.

The ICC’s appeals board had rejected challenges by the natural gas industry to the proposed electrification provisions. But, the ICC’s board of directors, which typically goes along with its appeals board’s recommendations, overruled the decision. Although the building electrification components will be included in the optional appendix section of the codebook, widespread adoption of more robust circuitry is unlikely without a mandate.

The ICC board has received sharp criticism from energy efficiency advocates for its action, with some accusing the board of allowing fossil fuel interests too much sway in the code development process.

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