At its Final Action Hearings in Minneapolis, the International Code Council and its members debated and voted on code change proposals that will shape the future of building safety and fire prevention. The hundreds of approved code changes will be included in the 2009 version of the International Codes.
Among the major changes approved:
- A requirement to install programmable thermostats in new homes and buildings with forced air furnaces.
- High-efficiency light bulbs required in at least 50 percent of permanent lighting fixtures in new homes.
- Maximum fenestration u-factors are lowered in warmer climates to reduce the amount of heat loss or gain through windows and doors to lower energy costs during cooling periods.
- An increase in insulation R-values for walls, floors and basements in cold climates to achieve heating and cooling savings.