Codes Advocacy Program
Architects are primarily responsible for incorporating building code requirements into the design process. In response, we developed the Codes Advocacy Program to represent the profession and help architects influence code development and adoption.
The AIA Codes Network
Our Codes Network gives members a voice and a role in code development, adoption and interpretation. Our work includes updating and streamlining codes to ensure they protect public health, safety and welfare and encourage sustainable, high-performance buildings in our communities. The network addresses pertinent issues as they arise, disseminating important information and engaging members to advocate for their practice and the profession.
Join the Codes Network to stay up to date on the latest in codes, including webinars, model code development processes, curated content covering legislative changes, and more.
We helped establish a single set of contemporary codes, create sustainability benchmarks and continue to fight for standards that protect the health, safety and welfare of all.
We champion the development and adoption of model building codes that:
- Include architects and the public in a consensus process
- Arise from informed education and research
- Are without favoritism or bias towards special interests
- Include provisions for prompt appeals procedures
- Are cost-effective and benefit the public
- Privilege performance criteria
Get involved: Influence code development
Contact us to ask questions, propose changes and address your code challenges.
Top issue: Building codes
We develop building codes that make the built environment and communities safer and more resilient.
AIA Codes Task Force: Findings and recommendations
The AIA Board unanimously endorsed the recommendations of its Codes Task Force to make changes to place AIA at the forefront of the code development process.
An introduction to codes and standards
An introductory guide to help architects better understand and participate in the processes to develop our national model codes and standards.
AIA issue brief: International Green Construction Code
Guidance on the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), talking points supporting adoption and enforcement in states and local jurisdictions.
Strategies to drive adoption of disaster-resistant codes
Read about detailed recommendations to encourage and aid communities in the nationwide adoption of disaster-resistant codes and standards.