Industry Appeals to 2010 IECC Disapproved
April 19, 2011

An International Code Council appeals board at a public hearing unanimously disapproved three appeals related to the 2010 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) Final Action Hearings held October 28–30, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The appeals, brought forth by Pilkington North America, AGC Flat Glass North America, the Building Owners and Manager’s Association, the National Multi Housing Council/National Apartment Association, the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) and the International Window Film Association, alleged irregularities at the hearings unfairly influenced code changes to the IECC. The appeals board's decision will go to the ICC board of directors for a final decision.

According to an ICC announcement, appeals board members said they found no substantive evidence of fundraising irregularities or that any council policies were violated and that ICC's commitment to providing a fair and open code development process was demonstrated. The committee noted that policies and procedures put into effect after the 2008 Final Action Hearings did what they were intended to do. The Committee also said that participation by the federal government, which has the authority to preempt anything ICC does, is a significant validation of the ICC Code Development Process.

"The appeal is not an appeal of technical merits or any value judgment on any of the code provisions that relate to the appeal," said board appeals committee chair and ICC board vice president Bill Dupler, who is a nonvoting member of the appeals board. "I think the appellants did a very good job of properly noting that the appeal is about the application and conformity to our established procedures and policies, and that there should [be] no request or attempt by any of us to make value judgments regarding the merits of the code provisions."

 

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