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I-Codes with Commentaries: IECC – International Energy Conservation Code with Commentary
|Publication Date:||1 January 2018|
The principal purpose of the Commentary is to provide a basic volume of knowledge and facts relating to building construction as it pertains to the regulations set forth in the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code®. The person who is serious about effectively designing, constructing and regulating buildings and structures will find the Commentary to be a reliable data source and reference to almost all components of the built environment.
The 2018 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code is the result of aggressive efforts to maintain efficiencies provided in the 2015 edition and to provide reasonable increases to commercial and residential energy efficiency requirements. Historically, the 2015 edition provided modest efficiency increases over the 2012 edition, which provided a significant increase in energy efficiency levels over the 2009 edition of the code, which in turn represented a significant increase over 2006 levels. The code change proposals are reflective of a national focus on reduction in energy consumption that stems not only from concerns about our oil reserves, but also from growing concerns over global warming.
As a follow-up to the International Energy Conservation Code, we offer a companion document, the IECC® Code and Commentary. The basic appeal of the Commentary is thus: it provides in a small package and at a reasonable cost thorough coverage of many issues likely to be dealt with when using the International Energy Conservation Code-and then supplements that coverage with historical and technical background. Reference lists, information sources and bibliographies are also included.
Throughout, effort has been made to keep the vast quantity of material accessible and its method of presentation useful. With a comprehensive yet concise summary of each section, the Commentary provides a convenient reference for regulations applicable to the construction of buildings and structures. In the chapters that follow, discussions focus on the full meaning and implications of the code text. Guidelines suggest the most effective method of application and the consequences of not adhering to the code text. Illustrations are provided to aid understanding; they do not necessarily illustrate the only methods of achieving code compliance.
The format of the Commentary includes the full text of each section, table and figure in the code, followed immediately by the commentary applicable to that text. At the time of printing, the Commentary reflects the most up-to-date text of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code. Each section's narrative includes a statement of its objective and intent and usually includes a discussion about why the requirement commands the conditions set forth. Code text and commentary text are easily distinguished from each other. All code text is shown as it appears in the International Energy Conservation Code, and all commentary is indented below the code text and begins with the symbol.
Readers should note that the Commentary is to be used in conjunction with the International Energy Conservation Code and not as a substitute for the code. The Commentary is advisory only. The code official alone possesses the authority and responsibility for interpreting the code.
Comments and recommendations are encouraged, for through your input, we can improve future editions. Please direct your comments to the Codes and Standards Development Department at the Central Regional Office.