Building Code Developer Unveils EV Charging Framework

Oct. 29, 2021
The free document can be downloaded from the organization's website.

The International Code Council, which develops model building codes and standards, recently published “Electric Vehicles and Building Codes: A Strategy for Greenhouse Gas Reductions.” The Washington, D.C.-based organization contends the framework will help communities set policies for electric vehicle (EV) charging requirements.

The free document, which can be downloaded from the Code Council’s website, includes model language meant to help communities with approaches that reflect local needs and enable them to set policies and guidelines that can be directly integrated into the International Codes (I-Codes) building safety codes and standards, the organization noted.

“The Code Council recognizes the strides many communities are making to achieve reductions in greenhouse gases and applaud their efforts to examine how building-related policies can help them meet these goals,” remarked Dominic Sims, CEO of the Code Council. “As the largest international organization of building safety professionals, the Code Council is uniquely qualified to provide both insight and recommendations that can assist these communities in customizing and implementing impactful policies and hep to set a level playing field for manufacturers and suppliers.”

In July of this year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) – with input from the Code Council – released a technical brief on EV charging for residential and commercial energy codes. The Code Council pointed out that its newly issued framework is largely consistent with the DOE and PNNL document but offers flexibility on the number and type of EV spaces and includes additional stakeholder feedback.

“We look forward to working with communities, supplying additional resources to address their needs including providing language that supports consistency across jurisdictions,” said Sims.

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