The International Code Council’s Innovation Group is working to help the building industry stay ahead of new technology, trends, and building risks.
The group is paying particular attention to housing resiliency in light of the growing threat of climate change. Codes can address the intersection of resilience and sustainability, such as enabling people to stay in their homes longer in the event of power outages during extreme hot or cold weather.
“Passive survivability” can be enhanced via insulation requirements that can maintain comfortable temperatures for longer, as well as improve energy efficiency. The growing risk of damaging storms and wildfires make this concept more important.
Better energy efficiency also supports social resilience and community health by reducing emissions that aggravate asthma and other health impacts. Lower energy costs also reduce financial stress.