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ICC and ASHRAE Announce Collaborative Effort

August 16, 2006

The International Code Council (ICC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will seek ways to optimize development of codes and standards to improve public safety. The organizations will work together on industry advocacy and public policy and explore joint business opportunities.

The ICC model code system impacts the lives of millions of people every day in a positive way. The centerpiece of this system is an objective, scientifically based code development process, designed to achieve consensus on important health and safety issues.

A key element of this process is the use of consensus-based referenced standards like those produced by ASHRAE, developed through a fair and balanced process. Whether addressing structural performance or energy conservation, referenced standards serve to complement code text by providing the details and test methods necessary for effective code enforcement.

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