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APGA, through the Codes and Standards Committee, has
been discussing the importance of becoming involved in
the ICC code development process. We would now like to
expand that conversation and encourage members to become
involved in their state and local code development process.
The key to the ICC codes is that they are updated every three
years and APGA members have the ability to vote on them at
final adoption.
The ASHRAE process is considerably different and several
magnitudes more complex than the ICC process. As mentioned
before, ASHRAE codes form the backbone of the commercial
building construction codes. ASHRAE is set up where there
are large committees that make final recommendations to
the ASHRAE Board. However, these committees make their
recommendations based on work done at the more than 100
subcommittees and working groups.
Recently, APGA has been focused on several standards.
These key standards influence if and how natural gas can be
used in commercial buildings. The first standard is ASHRAE
Standard 90.1. This is the energy code standard for commercial
buildings in the United States. Like 90.1, ASHRAE Standard
189.1 provides the standards for green buildings construction
codes. This is important because it incorporates all of 90.1 plus
many other standards that dictate everything from envelope
standards to landscaping.
Like the above mentioned 189.1 standards, ASHRAE
standard 100 lays out the criteria for retrofitting a building.
Finally, Standard 214p "Standard for Determining and
Expressing Building Energy Performance in a Rating Program" is
important because it outlines the criteria for ratings programs.
The ultimate goal of energy codes is to promote
technologically feasible and economically justified
energy efficiency measures. The current process has seen
organizations advocate for ideologically-driven and harmful
measures that unnecessarily increase costs and eliminated
options for homeowners and businesses.
As we discuss energy codes, fuel gas codes or construction
standards, the key to remember is that these standards are
only model codes. With a few minor exceptions, nothing here

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prevents either state or local jurisdictions from either not
adopting, or modifying a model standard. As an example, the
ICC published their 2015 IECC model code last year however
very few states have actually adopted it. Only a handful of
states have actually adopted anything more recent than the
2009 IECC code. The only reason the 2009 code has such a
high adoption rate is because it was a condition of receiving
federal energy stimulus funding.
The pressure the direct use of natural gas faces is not just
limited to energy codes. We also see efforts in the fire safety
codes. Recently, the ICC received a proposal that would
require a fire board over natural gas appliances installed in
crawl spaces. The intent was to add cost to the installation
of natural gas equipment when compared to electrical
equipment.
Because we serve and are accountable to the local
community, our members understand that our customers
want reliable, low cost energy that will be around day and
night. Unfortunately we have seen efforts to curtail and
eliminate the direct use of natural gas intensify at the national
level and more recently at the state and local level. From an
environmental perspective, the irony of the whole debate
is that by promoting and removing the many barriers the
natural gas industry faces, there will be reduced global
impacting emissions, and more importantly reduced known
carcinogenic pollutants like mercury and lead, and known
asthmatic air pollutants associated with smog.
Over the last two years, APGA, through the Codes and
Standards Committee, has been discussing the importance of
becoming involved in the ICC code development process. We
would now like to expand that conversation and encourage
members to become involved in their state and local code
development process.
We are seeing different advocacy groups begin to rally
their supporters. Recently, ACEEE has begun to encourage
state affiliates and like-minded code officials to get involved.
In the recent 2017 ICC energy code cycle, the direct use of
natural gas faced multiple proposals that try to eliminate or
severely limit the use of natural gas in homes. For example,
there was a proposal to ban the use of vent-free fireplaces.
We also saw attempts to limit home refueling stations for
compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.
Now more than ever, APGA members need to participate
in the development of the building codes. Participation by
APGA members would have an immediate impact on which
codes are allowed to proceed to final adoption. In the end, it's
the building codes that will help shape the future of how our
energy will be used in homes and businesses.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of THE SOURCE - Summer 2018

APGA Events
First Person
2018 Starts off with Gas Records
Energy Regulatory Update
The Result of Not Addressing Increasing Cybersecurity Risk
Conversation with an APGA Member
APGA Leads Charge to Lower Pipeline Rates to Match Lower Tax Rates
Legislative Outlook
Enhancing Resilience of Critical Infrastructure with Combined Heat and Power
The Pipeline
The Importance of Getting Involved with State and Local Building Code Developments
At Last
Advertisers’ Index/Advertiser.com
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THE SOURCE - Summer 2018 - APGA Events
THE SOURCE - Summer 2018 - First Person
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THE SOURCE - Summer 2018 - 2018 Starts off with Gas Records
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THE SOURCE - Summer 2018 - Energy Regulatory Update
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THE SOURCE - Summer 2018 - The Result of Not Addressing Increasing Cybersecurity Risk
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THE SOURCE - Summer 2018 - Conversation with an APGA Member
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THE SOURCE - Summer 2018 - APGA Leads Charge to Lower Pipeline Rates to Match Lower Tax Rates
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THE SOURCE - Summer 2018 - Legislative Outlook
THE SOURCE - Summer 2018 - Enhancing Resilience of Critical Infrastructure with Combined Heat and Power
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THE SOURCE - Summer 2018 - The Pipeline
THE SOURCE - Summer 2018 - The Importance of Getting Involved with State and Local Building Code Developments
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