Inter-jurisdictional Regulatory Collaboration Committee

Tokyo City Skyline during the day, with skyscrapersThe IRCC was established to promote effective international collaboration concerning performance-based building regulatory systems. The IRCC has specific goals, which include:

  • Providing a forum for promoting a common understanding of, and a framework for, performance-based building regulatory system development;
  • Fostering the exchange of ideas and the development of “Best Current Practice” documents and approaches;
  • Providing guidance and support for members who develop, implement, and support performance-based building regulatory systems;
  • Promoting the pooling of resources, on an international scale, to aid research and development of commonly-needed components of a performance-based building regulatory system;
  • Providing benefit to countries embarking on performance-based building regulation development, by providing guidance and support materials, thus minimizing potential duplication; and,
  • Encouraging investment in construction-related technology and innovation.[1]

The IRCC Committee is a collaborative of countries engaged in discussions, work and exchange on building regulatory policy issues with focus on the use of the performance concept.[2]

Since the Guidelines for the Introduction of Performance-Based Building Regulations were released the Committee has grown to consist of 14 countries:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Scotland
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United States of America
  • England
  • Netherlands[3]

[1] Inter-jurisdictional Regulatory Collaboration Committee, http://www.ircc.info/, viewed 28 September 2015

[2] Bergeron, D 2008, Codes for Existing Buildings: Different Approaches for Different Countries, National Research Council Canada, p. 1

[3] Inter-jurisdictional Regulatory Collaboration Committee, About Us, http://www.ircc.info/AboutUs2.html, viewed 28 September 2015

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