Two of the National Association of Home Builders’ appeals to the 2021 building code were accepted by the International Code Council Board of Directors last week. NAHB wished to make two edits to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The two changes NAHB pushed for were removing the requirement of 40A, 220V receptacles to be installed in all new homes for electric vehicle charging stations and for gas appliances for future electric retrofit. In NAHB’s opinion, these mandates went beyond the scope and intent of the IECC.
NAHB also appealed the approval of 20 changes to the IECC that were defeated in two separate steps of the code development process only to be brought back to life during the final online consensus vote as a result of new governmental voters suddenly being approved.
There was a concerted effort on the part of efficiency and environmental groups to engage like-minded governmental members who work in environmental, sustainability and resilience departments. These new voters appear to have worked off the same voting guide and simply voted their party line.