Building Codes and Standards
Building codes set a minimum acceptable level of safety and performance to protect public health, safety and welfare. Regulated components of building construction and occupancy include requirements for structure, egress and fire safety, accessibility, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and energy conservation. To create this integrity, architects, engineers and builders depend on established building codes—accepted industry standards, practices and methods—to guide them in their work. Beyond the minimum requirements, there are examples of government bodies and design practitioners adopting aspirational guidelines to affect a higher quality of life through the expectations they place on all building projects.
AIA Illinois supports the adoption of model codes to ensure building safety and timely review and revision to account for changing needs, advances in building methods and available technology.
The adoption of the International Energy Conservation Code as the state's standard is a good example. AIA Illinois helped shape the language of the original bill in 2004 for commercial buildings, worked to expand it to new residential construction in 2009, andsought and won the quick adoption of the 2012 Code in 2014, making Illinois the nation’s energy leader.
AIA Illinois believes that our codes and standards should support, encourage and provide leadership in high performance buildings, the efficient use of our energy resources, and sustainable community design. AIA Illinois believes that we need to encourage the expanded accessibility of buildings to provide for people with disabilities and the aging population.
Clarity and Consistency
AIA Illinois advocates for comprehensive, coordinated, contemporary and consistent building codes and standards throughout the State of Iliinois, and therefore, endorses the conclusions of the May 2006 Illinois Task Force on Uniform Building Codes that overwhelmingly recommended that the General Assembly adopt a uniform, comprehensive, statewide code.
Contact Dan Hohl, AIA Illinois Government Relations Director, with questions about Illinois' codes.