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In which type of IECC climate region is the institution located?
Metric Type
Value Type
Very Hot
Very Cold
Research Policy
Report Type
Corporate Social Responsibility Report
Operational characteristics, like the type of IECC climate region, are variables that provide information about the context in which the institution operates. Institutions should report the most recent data available within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.


This metric is looking for the type of IECC climate region in which the institution is located:

For WikiRate researchers:

Institutions who report to the STARS program are listed on theSTARS Participants & Reports website.

  • Use the institution Index, CTRL F, or Command F to search for the institution you want to research

  • By clicking on the hyperlinked name of the institution, you will be redirected to the page where all their STARS reports are listed. You can select either the most recent report, or one of the older reports to start tracking their performance over time.

    NB: While the values in the reports might apply to different points in time (performance year, baseline year, most recent, etc.), the submission date of the report should be listed as the “year” on WikiRate. This is to ensure that reports of the same submission year can be compared. Any time specific information for the individual values should be included in the comment to that specific metric value.

  • To narrow down your search, navigate the reports’ index using the Reporting Category - Institutional Characteristics - and Credit Category - Institutional Characteristics - to finally select the Credit Title: Operational Characteristics.

  • You should now be on the report page that discloses the type of IECC climate region in which the institution is located. To locate the exact value you can search the page using CTRL F or Command F with keywords like IECC, and climate.

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STARS compliance guidance for institutions:

Climate zones are consistent with the climate designations used by the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
The zones correspond to these generalized climate categories:
1 - Very Hot
2 - Hot
3 - Warm
4 - Mixed
5 - Cool
6 - Cold
7 - Very Cold
8 - Subarctic

For further guidance, see IECC/ASHRAE Climate Zones (U.S) and ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007