Coalition for Fair Energy Codes
The Coalition for Fair Energy Codes (CFEC) is an unincorporated group of wood industry companies and associations established to advance the fair and impartial treatment of all building products in energy codes and standards.
CFEC supports technically credible and cost-effective energy conservation; the use of the best available building science and technical data in support of the code development process; and construction industry options and alternatives that will make the energy code more flexible, enforceable, and effective.
Energy Codes that Work!
CFEC recognizes that the 2012 and 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) versions have met significant resistance as states have considered updating their codes. Many states have delayed updating their energy codes while some have completely bypassed both the 2012 and 2015 IECC.
An energy code that is not adopted or enforced contributes nothing toward our nation's energy independence.
CFEC supports the development of a 2018 IECC that contributes to energy efficiency through widespread code adoption and enforcement. To that end, CFEC supports code change proposals that will restore flexibility and increase options for achieving energy efficient buildings.
The ICC International Energy Conservation Code Committee—Residential, an ICC committee of energy efficiency experts made up of 6 code officials, 3 builders, 1 home energy rater and 1 architect, recommended a variety of residential energy code proposals for approval at the ICC Committee Action Hearings this past April. Of those approvals, there are 12 key proposals that will help restore flexibility, ease enforcement issues for code officials and make the 2018 IECC more effective. CFEC requests that building officials review these proposals and support the ICC Energy Committee's recommendation for APPROVAL.
Support Committee Recommendations for Disapproval of New Mandates
Many of the same organizations behind the proposals that brought mandates for specific products and introduced needless complexity and cost to the 2012 IECC continue to submit and advocate for proposals that seek to mandate how energy efficiency must be achieved. However, the ICC residential energy committee overwhelmingly recommended such proposals not be in the 2018 IECC. We encourage ICC Governmental Voter Representatives to support the committee recommendations for DISAPPROVAL of these proposals.