This article was originally published in the September/October 1998 issue of Home Energy Magazine. Some formatting inconsistencies may be evident in older archive content.


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Home Energy Magazine Online September/October 1998


Energy Code Goes International

The Model Energy Code (MEC) is a national standard. When local code jurisdictions are updating a building code, they can use MEC as a starting point for their energy efficiency requirements, saving them time and trouble.

Until this year, MEC was maintained by the Council of American Building Officials (CABO). In November 1997, CABO merged with the International Code Council (ICC), so ICC is now responsible for MEC. According to the ICC press release announcing the merger, the ICC and CABO were already very similar organizations, and the merger was friendly. The merger has meant one little change for the energy-efficient building community: The code that was to be known as the 1998 MEC is now in fact known as the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

The 1998 IECC is completely separate from the International Residential Code (IRC) that the ICC aims to put out in 2000. Other international codes from the ICC include the International Plumbing Code and the International Mechanical Code, replacements for the Uniform Plumbing Code and the Uniform Mechanical Code.

The '98 IECC, like the earlier MEC versions, can be ordered from the three major American code organizations:

  • Building Officials and Code Administrators International Incorporated, 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795. Tel:(708) 799-2300; Fax:(708)799-4981.
  • International Conference of Building Officials, 5360 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA 90601-2298. Tel:(562)699-0541.
  • Southern Building Code Congress International Incorporated, 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213-1206. Tel:(205)591-1853.
The International Code Council (ICC) is at 5203 Leesburg Pike #708, Falls Church, VA 22041-3401. Tel:(703)931-4533; Web site:

-Steven Bodzin

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