WASHINGTON and COCOA, Fla. — The International Code Council (ICC) and the Solar Rating & Certification Corp. (SRCC) have completed a period of due diligence and formalized the consolidation of the two associations. SRCC is now part of the ICC Group that includes the ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) and the International Accreditation Service (IAS).
“SRCC is an industry leading association with big ideas and limited resources,” said Eileen Prado, SRCC executive director, who will serve as executive director of ICC’s SRCC program. “Partnering with ICC provides needed resources to control costs for certification, lab inspections, and dues. SRCC members’ certifications remain valid. SRCC staff experts, including technical director Jim Huggins, will be there for support as will the ICC technical staff.”
ICC said the work of the SRCC complements its work. The International Codes published by ICC are used in all 50 states and Washington, District of Columbia. ICC has been working with SRCC to update its 100 and 300 solar thermal collector and system standards.
“The energy industry has been part of ICC’s codes and standards commitment since the energy crisis in the 1970s,” said Dominic Sims, CBO, ICC’s chief executive officer. “The toolbox for both ICC and SRCC members and all stakeholders will expand to support renewable energy products and systems to ensure they can reach the market fast and have the confidence of building and fire officials throughout the world.”
Renewable energy includes solar heating and cooling (SHC), solar photovoltaic (PV), geothermal, and wind.
“Uniting with SRCC provides opportunities for code officials, architects, designers, engineers, and all ICC members who in their jobs are asked to inspect and integrate energy efficiency and renewable energy into homes and commercial buildings,” said Guy Tomberlin, CBO, ICC’s board president. “This is an important step into the future of the built environment.”
An ICC renewable energy advisory council will be created to support new initiatives and the development of codes and standards. The council will include previous SRCC board members and other renewable energy experts.
The consolidation combines expertise and resources that will allow manufacturers to get renewable energy products into the marketplace quickly with wide acceptance by code officials who recognize the ICC-ES and SRCC marks. ICC-ES has a long-standing relationship with SRCC, offering a product listing program covered by SRCC Standards 100 and 300. Products are evaluated to the requirements of the Uniform Solar Energy Code, the International Plumbing Code, and the International Green Construction Code for solar thermal products and systems that are SRCC certified and rated. As part of the consolidation ICC-ES will continue to support manufacturers’ needs.
For more information about the International Code Council, visit www.iccsafe.org.
For more information about the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation, visit www.solar-rating.org.
Publication date: 12/15/2014