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DuPont has announced that Amy Schmidt, building codes advocacy manager for DuPont Performance Building Solutions, has been appointed by the International Code Council (ICC) Board of Directors to the newly formed Residential International Energy Conservation Code Committee. This committee is responsible for the development of the 2024 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). She will serve a three-year term, effective immediately.
For over three decades, ICC has developed an energy code that has reduced the impact of energy use on the planet and has led to billions of dollars saved on energy bills and significant reductions in carbon emissions.
The vision and mission of the ICC is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the planet, people, and communities by providing the highest quality codes and standards in the built environment. This aligns with the vision and commitment that DuPont has made in its own 2030 Sustainability Goals. DuPont focuses research investment and scientific talent on developing technologies and materials to improve energy efficiency for homes and buildings and works closely with organizations like the ICC to provide input and industry leadership in code development because building codes play a huge role in shaping sustainable building practices.
The ICC Board of Directors has decided to change its development process for the IECC to one that is committee based and in continuous maintenance. This new process will begin immediately for the development of the 2024 IECC. In addition, they have expanded the scope of the code to address climate change by not only driving toward efficient building operations but also lower carbon energy sources.
It will take the input of talented, dedicated, and experienced individuals to pave the way to a future where communities and individuals can experience safe, comfortable, and affordable building infrastructure.
Schmidt's appointment is a tribute to the national respect she has in the building infrastructure and energy sector. She was one of nearly 350 applicants and one of 48 individuals appointed to the Residential Energy Committee. There were only four manufacturers appointed to this committee and she is the only insulation/air barrier manufacturer representative. There were 45 individuals appointed to the Commercial Energy Committee.
"I am excited to be a part of this new committee. I have the utmost respect for my fellow committee members," Schmidt said. "I look forward to building upon the progress of the IECC to create a code that will result in even greater energy and carbon savings and more resilient buildings as we face increasing climate events."