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August 29, 2014 | Attend the ICC Global Forum at Conference. The ICC Global Forum will provide important presentations and discussion about the role of building codes in disaster risk reduction. Make plans to attend the Global Forum from 1:30-3:30 on September 29, at the ICC Annual Conference.
August 28, 2014 | Survey of Code Professionals Predicts Substantial Retirement Exodus. Over 80 percent of respondents expect to retire within the next 15 years, and more than 30 percent plan to do so within five years. Click to read more.
August 28, 2014 | FEMA Invites You to Share Your Knowledge of Disaster Resilience. FEMA’s 2014-2018 Strategic Plan calls to draw from and work with the whole community to identify leading, community-level resilience indicators that can provide a recurring, overall picture of the resilience of the nation in preparing for, responding to and mitigating against disasters. Continue reading.
August 27, 2014 | Teams of Inspectors Start Assessment of Napa, Calif., Quake Damage. A small platoon of building inspectors are scouring Napa visiting commercial and residential properties door to door in what is likely to become an arduous task of assessing the full extent of Sunday’s earthquake. Continue reading.
August 27, 2014 | Home Innovation Call for Consensus Committee Applications. Home Innovation Research Labs, in its capacity as an ANSI-approved standard developer, has initiated the development of a professional qualifications standard for plumbing fixture replacement technicians. Click here for a Consensus Committee application. The deadline to apply is September 15.
August 26, 2014 | California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Coordinating to Support Local Jurisdictions Impacted by Earthquake. The Office of Emergency Services activated its operations centers to dispatch state resources and provide assistance to Napa county. Volunteers have been told to standby for details and not deploy. Support also is available from the ICC Disaster Response Network. Jurisdictions can access a database of volunteers to assist with building damage assessment, inspections and other code-related functions. More information is available on this page of the ICC website. Click on the "Disaster Network" tab in the "ICC Important Information" section or call the Disaster Support Hotline at 888-ICC-SAFE (888-422-7233), ext. 5238.
August 25, 2014 | New Partnership Makes 2015 IgCC Florida Comment Hearings Even More Important. The Public Comment Hearings to develop the 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) beginning Oct. 1, in Fort Lauderdale, take on even more importance with the announcement of a new partnership to develop the 2018 IgCC. The outcomes of the October hearings will influence future editions of the IgCC and ensure the code is on track for the transition to include ASHRAE Standard 189.1 and the LEED green building program in the 2018 edition. The 2018 IgCC will continue to be an important member of the I-Code family. It will be an easier to adopt and smarter code for commercial and mid/hi-rise residential buildings, meeting the needs of jurisdictions, green building professionals and everyone in between.
August 21, 2014 | Leading Building Industry Groups Agree to Streamline Green Building Tool Coordination and Development. ICC, ASHRAE, AIA, IES and USGBC have announced the signing of a memorandum to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and the LEED green building program. The move will coordinate Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code and LEED to offer comprehensive system of regulatory and voluntary leadership tools for jurisdictions. Click for more.
August 18, 2014 | Be Sure You Know the ICC Code Development Process Deadlines. ICC requires that Primary Representatives must complete an online questionnaire by Sept. 1 for Governmental Member Voting Representatives (GMVR) to be to be eligible to vote at this year’s Annual Business Meeting, Public Comment Hearing and Online Governmental Consensus Vote. If a GMVR was properly validated for the 2014 Online Assembly Floor Motion, the Primary Representative does not need to re-validate the GMVR for this Annual Business Meeting, Public Comment Hearing and Online Governmental Consensus Vote, unless there are updates or changes to be made. Click for FAQs, including a link to check GMVR status.
August 15, 2014 | ICC Board of Directors Candidates Web Page. In accordance with CP20-03, the ICC is providing a candidate Web page where candidates may pre-file information to be made available to the membership and the Nominating Committee. The Committee report will be posted after nominees are determined.
August 14, 2014 | 2014 Call for Membership Councils Governing Committees. ICC is accepting applications until Sept. 15, for openings on the Governing Committees of each Membership Council. The Membership Council Governing Committees act as liaisons between the Councils and the ICC Board, providing feedback and recommendations regarding ICC services, helping build and improve relationships with stakeholders, and acting as advocates for areas of professional or technical interest import to the Council Members. Click here for an application.
August 14, 2014 | Adoption of Most Recent Codes to Mitigate Earthquake Damage Encouraged During Congressional Subcommittee on Research and Technology Hearing. Several expert panelists at the hearing advocated for the use of building codes to save lives and reduce property damage from earthquakes. The first significant lesson is that mitigation efforts, through such measures as improved building codes, make a significant difference in life safety, according to Dr. John R. Hayes, Jr., Director of NIST’s National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. Click to read hearing testimony.
August 14, 2014 | 2014 Group C Public Comment Hearings Schedule Announced. The Public Comment Hearings will start at 8 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, October 1. The hearing schedule will follow the chapter designations in the International Green Construction Code. Click here for the schedule.
August 13, 2014 | New Code Helps Pool Builders and Code Officials Speak The Same Language To Keep Bathers Safe. The 2015 International Swimming Pool & Spa Code, produced jointly between the ICC and Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, features key changes and is the industry’s only comprehensive model code covering both residential and commercial swimming pools and spas. Click for more.
August 12, 2014 | Industry Outlines Steps to Better Codes. An infographic developed by the National Association of Home Builders supports ICC’s new code development tool cdpACCESS. NAHB suggests its members build relationships with code officials and urges code officials to actively use cdpACCESS to participate in developing codes. Click to view the graphic.
August 11, 2014 | ICC to Host Code Adoption Cycle Roundtable. A recent trend in some states and jurisdictions to extend the cycle for updating building safety codes, including an examination of the causes and effects of extending the adoption cycle, will be the topic at a roundtable meeting from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern on Aug. 20. National Institute of Building Sciences President Henry Green will be the moderator. To dial-into the conversation, call 800-832-0736; conference room number is 259 41 10#. The result of the discussions will assist the ICC Board of Directors in policy, dialog with other codes and standards organizations, and strategic planning.
August 11, 2014 | Exclusive Free Benefit for ICC Governmental Members. Through a special agreement with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), ICC Governmental Members may qualify for free access to ACCA's online membership benefits. As a contractor-focused organization, ACCA provides technical and business management products and services to help contractors meet or exceed business requirements. Now, ICC Members can have access to the same information contractors have.
August 8, 2014 | Plan Now to Attend 2014 ICC Annual Conference. Registration is open for ICC’s 2014 Annual Conference, Group C Public Comment Hearings and Expo, Sept. 28–Oct. 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Advance your career by attending top-notch seminars, network with colleagues and peers, and help finalize changes to the 2015 International Green Construction Code by participating in the code hearings. Register now and save.
August 7, 2014 | 2015 Editions of the International Codes Now Available. The 2015 I-Codes help achieve resiliency, safety, innovation and affordability in the built environment. Code users can begin today to prepare for adoption and use of the newest codes. Code purchases include a free subscription to ICC’s new Code Alert service that provides critical code updates and free access to videos, excerpts from support documents and training resources.
July 31, 2014 | Professional Development Council Named. The new Professional Development Council (PDC) was recently established to better coordinate career path resources for ICC Members and other stakeholders by utilizing shared knowledge between ICC Education and Certification programs. The ICC Board of Directors approved the new Council Policy #45 in April 2014 to create the PDC and by which it will be governed. This critical new Council, chaired by Cindy Davis, CBO, replaces both BIPS and the Education Committee. A major purpose of the PDC is to align the ICC Education and Certification Programs to ensure quality training is available to meet the needs of ICC Members, all ICC educational customers and ICC Certification holders while maintaining the credibility and validity of the ICC Certification Program.
July 31, 2014 | Deadline Approaching for Get Everyone Certified Challenge. Demonstrate your department’s commitment to building safety and quality by entering the Get Everyone Certified Challenge. Complete this form by August 15 to compete for $1,100 credits for ICC educational offerings, courtesy of Target. All departments with newly 100% certified staff will be entered into a drawing for three $1,100 credits, awarded by population size. Additionally, departments with staff who are already 100% ICC certified as well as departments with newly 100% certified staff will be given recognition. Click here for details.
July 25, 2014 | The Americans with Disabilities Act Celebrates Nearly a Quarter Century of Accessibility. The International Code Council is proud of the role it has played in the landmark legislation. Click to read more including comments from the U.S. Access Board, BOMA, the ICC A117.1 Committee Chair, the ICC Board President and the ICC CEO.
July 23, 2014 | AHPBC Supports ICC Transparent Code Development. The American High-Performance Buildings Coalition, an organization of leading associations representing a wide range of interests in the building and construction industry, sees the commitment to an open public hearing process for developing the 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) as highly valuable in achieving more balanced green building objectives. Click for more.
July 18, 2014 | Benefits of Special Inspection are the Focus of New ICC Manual. The most common contributing factor to significant structural damage and building failure after extreme natural events such as earthquakes and hurricanes is construction that fails to comply with codes, standards and design documents. A new Code Council publication, Special Inspection Manual: 2012 Edition, discusses mitigating these issues. Click to read.
July 15, 2014 | 2013 ICC Fire Code Development Committee Chair Named Fire and Life Safety Advocate of the Year. The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association has selected Sean DeCrane, Battalion Chief and Chief of Training for the Cleveland Fire Training Academy, for its Fire and Life Safety Advocate of the Year award. Read more.
July 14, 2014 | Upcoming CALGreen Training Opportunity. Sign up for a free CALGreen webinar on July 24 that will provide brief overviews of non-residential provisions and commissioning (CALGreen and CA Energy Code). For more in-depth information on the fundamentals of the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) and its commissioning requirements in CALGreen and the 2013 California Building Code, register for the Overview of 2013 Cal Green & Commissioning Requirements seminar on Aug. 4 in Mission Viejo.
July 9, 2014 | ICC to Relocate West Coast Operations to a New, State-of-the-Art Facility. ICC will relocate its Western Regional Office into a new, state-of-the-art facility in Brea, Calif. later this month. The new location will continue to provide a global gateway for accreditation and product certification for its subsidiaries ICC Evaluation Service, LLC (ICC-ES) and the International Accreditation Service (IAS). Click to read more.
July 8, 2014 | California Fire Marshal Tonya L. Hoover Earns ICC, IAFC 2014 Excellence in Fire and Life Safety Award. She will be honored with the 2014 Excellence in Fire and Life Safety Award for her history of courage, determination, and dedication to fire and life safety. The award honors individuals who have dedicated themselves to saving lives and property through their work on building codes, fire-prevention practices, legislative efforts and strong leadership. Click for more.
July 1, 2014 | Louisiana Adopts IPC Statewide for All New Construction. The International Plumbing Code will replace the Louisiana State Plumbing Code on Jan. 1, 2016. “We thank the Governor, the Legislature and all who supported this public safety legislation in the state of Louisiana,” said ICC CEO Dominic Sims, CBO. Read more.