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Building Owners and Managers Association International

State and Local Code Adoption Resources & Policies

Understanding the International Code Council Code Development Process

BOMA International maintains a significant role in the ICC Code Development areana.  For information on how the code development process works, check out the following links:

An​alysis​ of ASHRAE Standard Changes:

The 2016 edition of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1, Energy Efficiency Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, incorporates more than 120 updates to the 2013 version. During its development, BOMA International’s codes team worked to ensure the interests and concerns of the commercial real estate industry were heard, so that the updates would maximize energy efficiency without excessively increasing cost. The new edition is estimated to provide an 8.3 percent increase in energy savings over the 2013 edition.

The important updates include:

  • A slight increase to the insulation requirements for metal buildings, doors and windows;
  • More stringent efficiency requirements for energy recovery systems;
  • A reduction in exterior and interior lighting allowances to reflect the increased usage of LEDs; and new control requirements for emergency lighting and parking lot occupancy sensors;
  • Appendix G, previously used only to rate LEED buildings, is now able to be used as a stand-alone compliance path, offering more options to designers. ​
  • The standard also will be an alternate compliance path for the 2018 edition of ICC’s International Energy Conservation Code, which is set for publication later this year.​

To help commercial building owners and managers better understand the updates that were made, BOMA International has compiled a list of critical changes and their cost implications​.

State Codes, Code Administration Organizations, and Code Development Authorities:


The International Code Council (ICC) maintains information on current codes being enforced by states, adopting authorities, and state code administration organizations.​ ICC also provides free access to all of the International Building and Fire Codes​ including state specific modifications (where provided).  


2015 and 2018 I-Codes Adoption Tools:

Is your jurisdiction looking to adopt the 2015 or 2018 Editions of the I-Codes? Need to know what changes have been made to the 2015 or 2018 building or existing building code? BOMA’s advocacy team and our partners hav​e developed resources which outline the most significant changes that could both a positive and negative effect on the commercial real estate industry.  

BOMA International Codes/Standards Policy Positions              

Reasons to Actively Engage in Codes Advocacy: Local Codes and Voluntary Standards Committees (CVSC)

  1. The potential cost to the commercial real estate community is huge – so are the potential benefits. Each cycle there are hundreds of code changes submitted that on avoided costs by defeating overly burdensome codes proposals.

  2. Voting protocol at the International Code Council has changed. Voting members are now able to vote remotely. We need BOMA’s grassroots to educate this community on BOMA’s issues.

  3. BOMA is the only association with an active and robust codes advocacy program. If we don’t do it, who will?

  4. State and local adoptions allow for local and regional BOMA input and advocacy.

  5. CVSC at the local level can provide feedback, local issues, and code related activities to the National CVSC so that trends can be monitored and assistance can be provided to ward of negative national issues.

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Setting up a local Code Committee-