One of the major issues for building codes in Pennsylvania is the fact that due to 2011's Act 1, the review and adoption process does not allow for an easy transition to newer codes presented by the ICC . Pennsylvania homeowners and businesses deserve a code review and adoption process that works, is uniform, and is up-to-date.
Join the ReEnergize Pittsburgh Coalition in urging the state to utilize the most up-to-date building codes.
Call to Action
Here is an example of non compliance and its effect. On top of not adopting new buildning codes, the old codes from 2009 IECC are not being enforced.
According to a recent study, eighty-two percent of homeowners felt they have a right to a home that meets minimum energy efficiency standards.
Here are some documents that explain the current situation with PA's building codes
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The Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Pennsylvania's current building codes, are based off of 2009 International Code Council (ICC) codes. These regulations well for a few years, but the state has now fallen two, soon to be three, code cycles behind. This means we are currently using 2009 ICC codes, not the 2015 version from the tri-annual cycle. Why?
In 2011, Act 1 amended the adoption process with unfortunate consequences. Because Act 1 required a 2/3 majority vote by the Review and Advisory Council to adopt each provision of the ICC, it effectively made it impossible to update the state’s building code. Since the passage of this amendment, two ICC updates (2012 and 2015) have failed to be adopted in Pennsylvania, meaning our code is more than six years out of date, and that our residents are missing out on the latest health, safety, and efficiency standards.
Some of ReEnergize Pittsburgh Coalition's members, Green Building Alliance and Pennsylvania Environmental Council, do a great job at explaining the current situation and why it is an issue. Click on one of the buttons below to learn more about this dilemma and how it’s killing energy efficiency progress.
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Make the Choice
Add your organization to the list of supporters who want to see a healthy, safe, and efficient Pennsylvania.
Filling out this form means you support ReEnergize Pittsburgh Coalition's goal and Pennsylvania's right to:
1. Adopt ICC codes automatically within one year of publication.
2. Allow the RAC (Review and Advisory Council), by a simple majority vote, to decide not to adopt codes deemed detrimental to the health, safety, and economic growth of Pennsylvania.
3. Enable municipalities to be innovators and leaders in building design and construction by treating the Uniform Construction Code as the minimum code, allowing municipalities to adopt more stringent code.
The Current Situation
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