IECC stands for the International Energy Conservation Code. This code pertains to a building code that covers various states and municipalities in the US. This building code was created back in 2000 by the International Code Council to basically promote using technologies and materials that help preserve the environment and make use of energy resources more efficiently. The ICC is the main organization that creates new building codes to protect people’s interest in the form of safer building procedures and technologies, fire prevention advances, and more efficient use of energy. Through the IECC, construction of buildings across the US must follow certain standards and guidelines that eventually benefit the people and the environment as well.
IECC covers both residential buildings and commercial establishments. The basic aim of this particular building code is to promote energy efficiency along with overall reduction of costs and use of energy. All these will eventually impact the environment in terms of conservation and efficient use. In the case of residential properties, IECC imposes guidelines to improve electrical and thermal systems of buildings that reach at least 3 storeys. Through IECC, HVAC systems that involve heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems must also adhere to certain standards in order to lower energy consumption and cost. Even on the residential front, improvements in various building technologies will have a positive impact on the natural environment. In the commercial front, similar guidelines are to be followed in all buildings and establishments. Along with the standards in HVAC and electrical systems, commercial buildings are also required to be built with technologies that help improve less energy consumption through modernization in doors, windows, and the use of skylights. Thermal systems must also comply with the International Energy Conservation Code in order to maximize the efficiency of cooling and heating technologies to benefit not only people of the present generation but also to preserve energy resources for the future.