Code Change Proposals

Updating building codes is an important step to improving the environmental impact of energy-efficient and fire safe buildings.

The Safer Insulation Solution proposes changes that would allow for optional, below-grade use of foam plastic insulation without added flame retardants.

The proposed change would not:

  • require changes in current building practice
  • preclude the use of foam plastic insulation with added flame retardants
  • cause confusion on the jobsite

The proposed change would:

  • maintain fire safety
  • enable production and safe use of foam plastic insulation without added flame retardants
  • increase product selection for builders and designers

For more information or to get involved, please contact SaferInsulation@gmail.com.

2018 IRC Code Change Proposal RB152-16
Our proposal was disapproved at the April 2016 Committee Action Hearings, but the committee encouraged us to continue to develop this proposed change. We have submitted a Public Comment that addresses the committee’s feedback. The committee decision was upheld at the Public Comment Hearings in Kansas City, MO in October 2016. Learn how you can help support this proposal and see below for the complete text, fact sheets, and other supporting information.

TIMELINE (See ICC website for more information)

  • January 11, 2016: Submittal deadline for code change proposals
  • March 8, 2016: “Proposed changes to the Group B I-Codes” published online
  • April 17-27, 2016: Committee Action Hearings (CAH) – Louisville, KY. Register (free) or watch live online
  • Mid-May 2016: CAH Assembly Floor voting period
  • June 1, 2016: “Report of the Committee Action Hearing” published online
  • July 22, 2016: Submittal deadline for Public Comments
  • October 19-25, 2016: Public Comment Hearings (PCH) – Kansas City, MO or watch live online
  • November 2, 2016: PCH Results posted online
  • Mid-November 2016: Governmental Consensus Voting period
  • December 6, 2016: “Summary of Final Action Group B Code Changes” published online

Supporters of the proposed code change include:


[PREVIOUS] 2018 IBC – Code Change Proposals FS-170 and FS-171

Following the 2015 Group A Committee Action Hearings in Memphis, TN, we updated proposed changes for the 2018 IBC based on Fire Safety Code Committee and stakeholder feedback. These were considered at the 2015 Group A Public Comment Hearings on October 2 -3, 2015 in Long Beach, CA. See below for the modified proposals, fact sheets, and other supporting information.

TIMELINE (See ICC website for more information)

  • January 12, 2015: Submission deadline for code change proposals
  • March 13, 2015:“Proposed Changes to the Group A I-Codes” published online
  • April 20 – 23, 2015: Fire Safety hearings within Committee Action Hearings (CAH) – Memphis, TN. Register (free) or watch live online 
  • Mid-May 2015: CAH Assembly Floor voting period
  • June 5, 2015: “Report of the Committee Action Hearing” published online
  • July 17, 2015: Submission deadline for Public Comments
  • August 28, 2015: “Public Comment Agenda” published online
  • October 2-3, 2015: Fire Safety Hearings within Public Comment Hearing (PCH) – Long Beach, CA. Register (free) or watch live online
  • Mid-October 2015: Governmental Consensus Voting period
  • TBD: “Summary of Final Action Group A Code Changes” published online

View sample letters of support from:

Other supporters of the proposed code changes include: