New York Times Puts NAHB-ICC Pact Under Microscope

New York Times investigation calls out undisclosed agreement between the NAHB and ICC.

According to New York Times columnist Christopher Flavelle in his article “Secret Deal Helped Housing Industry Stop Tougher Rules on Climate Change”

A secret agreement has allowed the nation’s homebuilders to make it much easier to block changes to building codes that would require new houses to better address climate change, according to documents reviewed by The New York Times.

The written arrangement [between ICC and NAHB], in place for years and not previously disclosed, guarantees industry representatives four of the 11 voting seats on two powerful committees that approve building codes that are widely adopted nationwide. The pact has helped enable the trade group that controls the seats, the National Association of Home Builders, to prevent changes that would have made new houses in much of the country more energy-efficient or more resilient to floods, hurricanes and other disasters.

The agreement shows that homebuilders accrued “excessive power over the development of regulations that governed them,” said Bill Fay, head of the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition, which has pushed for more aggressive standards. Homes accounted for nearly one-fifth of all energy-related carbon dioxide emissions nationwide last year.

2 Comments on "New York Times Puts NAHB-ICC Pact Under Microscope"

  1. I have no dog in this fight, who are the other 7? Bernie, Trump, CA’s new governor, Cher, Whoopie? 4 from the people that actually build your house does not seem out of line. Homes are efficient, yes you can do better, at some turning point you cannot afford to keep increasing the efficiency. In my world, efficient means no gas, no electricity, no heat, no cooling, cant build out of wood…..NY Times dreams….!

  2. The much larger problem is that the ICC is influenced by companies making profit off of their goods & services which the council elects to make mandatory. As a result the cost of housing keeps rising.

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