More than 2,400 proposals for building code changes were debated over the course of 16 grueling days of International Code Committee (ICC) hearings in Baltimore last month.

NAHB’s codes experts were on the job fighting for the best possible outcomes for our members. In all, NAHB took a position on more than 900 of the proposed code changes, including 54 proposals submitted by NAHB. In addition, NAHB was represented on 10 of the 14 ICC Code Committees during the hearings, and thanks to this representation, as well as the hard work of our staff and member volunteers, the association was fairly successful in this round of decisions.

Key issues included energy conservation, structural requirements, carbon monoxide detectors, accessibility and visitability, whole-house ventilation.

Unfortunately NAHB did not prevail on all of our issues. The “Home Builders 30% Solution” for energy efficiency was disapproved for inclusion in the International Energy Conservation Code in this round, along with five similar proposals by other groups. Also disapproved were two NAHB proposals that would have removed the mandatory requirements for sprinkler systems in one- and two-family homes.

NAHB staff is assessing the outcome of the hearings and preparing comments that are due in early February for the next round of codes hearings.