As previously reported, APGA and the American Gas Association (AGA) jointly filed an appeal of four International Code Council (ICC) actions related to provisions in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). APGA, through the appeal, contended that these provisions should have been prevented from moving forward by ICC staff during the code development process because they either raised potential federal preemption concerns or were outside of IECC's defined intent and, consequently, should not be included in the next edition of the IECC. APGA members would be directly and materially affected by state or local adoption of the requirements of these proposals, as the proposals would disadvantage the competitiveness of natural gas direct use applications.
Since then, we have been informed that an ICC Appeals Panel will hear the APGA/AGA appeal in late July or August. Furthermore, the appeal may be combined with other appeals from organizations who have objected to the same provisions. Both the Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) filed appeals on at least one of the provisions addressed in the APGA/AGA appeal. All appeals filed for the ICC’s 2019 Group B cycle can be found here.
APGA staff will provide additional details regarding the appeals process as they become available. For questions on this article, please contact Renée Lani of APGA staff by phone at 202-464-0836 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.