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2014 AIA Codes and Standards Committee

To get involved with the Codes Network or learn more about the AIA Codes Advocacy program, please feel free to contact a volunteer member of the AIA Codes and Standards Committee or its staff


Chair: Henry Kosarzycki, AIA | Wisconsin | @HenryKaia

David S. Collins, FAIA | Ohio | @DCollinsFAIA

Brad Gaskins, AIA | Oklahoma

Keith Gilbert, Assoc. AIA | Florida

Erin Rae Hoffer, AIA | Massachusetts | @erhoffer

Bill Seider, AIA | Oregon

Thomas Hirsch, FAIA | Wisconsin

Steven R. Winkel, FAIA | California | @srwinkelFAIA

AIA National Staff

Paul Karrer, LEED Green Associate | Manager, Building Codes Policy | @PaulKarrer

Rachel Minnery, AIA, LEED AP | Director, Built Environment Policy | @MinneryRachel

2014 Activities

Browse the sections below for monthly updates for AIA activities pertaining to codes and standards policy across the United States.

December 2014

    • Member Engagement: On December 3, Committee members and staff hosted a monthly AIA Twitter Chat on Codes & Standards. Read the Storify summary of the chat and keep the conversation going using the hashtag #AIAcodes.

November 2014

    Code Development: The International Code Council (ICC) released the results of the first-ever Online Governmental Consensus Vote (OGCV) for the Public Comment Hearings on code change proposals for the 2015 edition of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).

    Outreach: Building Codes Policy Manager Paul Karrer and Nate Huyler, AIA of Colorado represented AIA at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Partnership (SWEEP) Energy Codes Conference in Denver. Their presentations and panel discussion focused on the role of the architect in commercial building energy code compliance. View Nate’s presentation and Paul’s presentation.

October 2014

    Code Development: In Fort Lauderdale, Codes & Standards Committee members and staff represented AIA at the International Code Council (ICC) Public Comment Hearings on code change proposals for the 2015 edition of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) – the first model code to include sustainability measures for the entire building project and its site from design. Read about the Committee’s priority code change proposals.

    Strategic Planning: The AIA Codes & Standards Committee met in Washington, D.C. on October 20 to begin developing a long-term strategy for the AIA’s work on important codes and standards issues including future code development goals, member engagement, outreach, education, and emerging professionals.

September 2014

    Standards Development: Building Codes Policy Manager Paul Karrer was selected by the Green Building Initiative (GBI) to serve on behalf of the AIA in a 32-member Consensus Body (CB) to revise and update ANSI/GBI Standard 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings over the next 12 to 18 months. The public may participate as visitors or observers during CB or subcommittee meetings and conference calls or through submitting written proposals during the public comment periods. Become a stakeholder to be notified of the latest developments.

August 2014

    Green Building Organizations Team Up: The AIA was one of five major green building program development partners to announce a memorandum to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), and the LEED rating systems to streamline implementation of local green building regulations and incentive programs. The AIA, ASHRAE, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the International Code Council (ICC), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have agreed to create a steering committee to develop the new three-part system:

    1. ASHRAE Standard 189.1 will maintain its own ANSI consensus process to establish baseline metrics and other technical requirements that align with LEED prerequisites and the IgCC.

    2. The IgCC will become an adoptable, code-enforceable version of Standard 189.1.

    3. LEED will remain a voluntary rating system but will interact with the other two. USGBC will use IgCC as an alternative system of prerequisites for LEED, further establishing the green code as a baseline from which project teams may choose to advance toward LEED certification as a stretch goal. Also, as new versions of each are developed, certain LEED requirements will likely be cycled back into Standard 189.1. LEED credits will still be developed independently.

July 2014

    Education: The Codes & Standards Committee is closely involved in the development of continuing education sessions for the 2015 AIA Convention in Atlanta. Committee members submitted several proposals across eight subject matter tracks to increase and enhance the event’s codes and standards offerings. Four committee members are also peer reviewers evaluating submissions within one of the eight tracks. A draft version of the 2015 Convention program is expected in mid-October. To learn more about the CE evaluation process, visit the AIA Convention CE webpage.

June 2014

    Member Engagement: June 23 Webinar – Connecting Member Architects Engaged in Regulatory and Standards Development Processes (PDF and WMV recording)

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