The IRCC (Inter-Jurisdictional Regulatory Collaboration Committee) groups the main leaders of technical building codes worldwide. The focus of the IRCC is to advance, at an international level, framework, guidance, and support documents on construction-related regulatory environment issues; pursuing common understanding of the international regulatory environment towards sustainability; promoting the exchange of information between its members.
The Committee has developed interesting documents and guides that can be downloaded at www.ircc.info where the latest advances, tendencies, principles and practice related to building control and regulation are gathered, as agreed by the IRCC members. Spain belongs to the IRCC since 1999 through the Ministry of Infrastructure, department of the Spanish Government in charge of basic building regulations. This participation coincided with the development in Spain of the Technical Building Code (Código Técnico de la Edificación) approved in 2006. In its ordinary meetings, the IRCC – as well as receiving detailed information on the evolution of building codes in each of its country members – usually debates current affairs in each moment, with sustainability as one of the hottest topics.
The IRCC meets once or twice a year, on a rotating basis among the member states, and, on this occasion, is invited by GBCe to Barcelona to hold the Autumn 2014 meeting coinciding with the important World Sustainable Building 2014 Conference. The Committee has agreed to celebrate a double special session on the 29th October, within the Conference, on the role that building codes have in advancing towards sustainability, sponsored by Ferrovial. GBCe will become the host of this meeting in Barcelona, with the invaluable help of the UPC, World SB14 Barcelona and Ferrovial.
The IRCC is formed by the following nations: