Implementing the 2012 IECC for Commercial Construction

Examine the building science and physics behind the the changes in the IECC 2012 code for commercial buildings and how they will result in significant energy reductions but pose challenges for compliance.


The 2012 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code has been adopted by AHJs in many parts of the country. The 2012 IECC is a quantum leap forward in building performance and will have a significant impact on how architects and engineers work together to design high energy efficient, high performance buildings.

In this course, speakers illustrate the changes in the code affecting architecture design and give an in depth look into the building science and physics behind the the changes and how they will result in significant energy reductions. They will emphasize that the process to achieve compliance must be a team effort among all members of the project early on and describe how to demonstrate compliance with the code and advantages and disadvantages for each pathway.

This course is presented in collaboration with AIA Middle Tennessee, which produced the course and provided it for delivery on AIAU. 

Learning objectives

  • Identify the architect's role and the impact of early design phase decisions in meeting 2012 IECC requirements and in shaping a buildings overall energy performance.
  • Incorporate the energy codes prescriptive requirements (window to wall ratios, lighting power density, daylighting and sky lighting, and automatic lighting controls).
  • Lead design teams in (the importance of) building performance simulation (energy modeling) and utilize the performance compliance path to meet the energy code requirements.
  • Identify how the 2012 IECC will impact the architecture of buildings and identify the energy codes prescriptive and performance compliance paths, when each is applicable and be able to implement them on projects.

This course is part of a series

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2.00 LUs
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  • Cory Duggin


    Associate and Energy Project Engineer | TLC Engineering for Architecture

    Cory Duggin is a licensed professional mechanical engineer, LEED AP BD+C, ASHRAE Building Energy...
  • Kim Shinn

    Kim E. Shinn

    PE, LEED Fellow, CxA, BEMP

    Principal | TLC Engineering for Architecture

    Kim Shinn is a professional engineer and a Principal with TLC Engineering for Architecture. He is a...