March 6, 2014 | DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program leads to substantial energy cost savings. New research shows that every dollar the U.S. Department of Energy has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings. The Building Energy Codes Program was established in 1992 and requires the DOE to participate in the development of national building energy codes and standards, including those maintained by the Code Council. Read the report.
March 3, 2014 | 2014 Group C Committee Action Hearing Schedule Announced. The hearings to develop the 2015 International Green Construction Code will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 in the Memphis, Tenn., Cook Convention Center. Prior to the hearings the Building Official; Fire Service; Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Officials; and Sustainability Membership Councils will be holding meetings on the mornings of April 26 and 27. Click here to review the schedule.
February 27, 2014 | ICC Supports NIST Disaster Resilience Efforts. The International Code Council is helping the National Institute of Standards and Technology reach out to ICC Members and building safety professionals throughout the industry to attend a series of workshops to develop a comprehensive, community-based disaster resilience framework. The first of six workshops will be held on April 7 focusing on buildings and infrastructure systems, and inform development of private-sector standards and codes. Click here to register for the workshop.
February 26, 2014 | NIBS: Safer Buildings Are the Result of Building Codes Created by Private Sector. A statement from NIBS President Henry Green attributes safe buildings to strong codes, standards and the regulatory system. Green says “the short-sighted calls to make access to codes and standards ‘free’ today will have long-standing—and expensive—consequences to the safety of our buildings and communities tomorrow.” Click here to read the complete statement.
February 25, 2014 | CSA Group, ICC Begin Joint Development of North American Standard for Rainwater Collection Systems. With the appointment of a U.S./Canadian Consensus Committee, the International Code Council and CSA Group announce the start of a project to develop the new CSA/ICC 805 Rainwater Collection System Design and Installation standard. The standard will ensure the safety and performance of rainwater collection systems, and developed in accordance with ANSI and Standards Council of Canada accreditation requirements for use throughout North America. Click here to read more.
February 25, 2014 | Group C Code Committee Action Hearings will be held in Memphis. The hearings offer Code Council Members and others in the construction industry an opportunity to voice opinions and offer expertise to help develop the 2015 International Green Construction Code. cdpACCESS — the new, online component of the code development process — will be used for the first time at a hearing allowing greater participation from code change submittals to discussions and final voting.
February 21, 2014 | Soon-to-be-Released Report Says Oklahoma EF5 Tornado Debris Reveals Construction Flaws, Code Violations. The report from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineering Institute finds violations of the International Building Code, and raises serious questions about building design and construction quality. Click to read more.
February 19, 2014 | The Station Nightclub Fire on Feb. 20, 2003, Killed 100 people. Pyrotechnics by a band playing at the club was blamed for the fire. As a result of the fire, ICC Members voted to reduce the sprinkler threshold for nightclubs. The fire clearly illustrated the need for “trained crowd managers,” an education program endorsed by and available through ICC and the National Association of State Fire Marshals. It is aimed at making public gatherings safer by teaching event staff how to be better crowd managers.
February 14, 2014 | Building Safety Month Materials Available. The annual safety campaign held each May includes educational and informational resources to help ICC Members and others increase public awareness of building safety. Promotional materials included a proclamation, news release, activities and stickers for youngster, posters and brochures. Printed campaign materials are available for purchase at the ICC Store and many items are free. Click here for details.
February 13, 2014 | ICC, ICC-ES Receive Outstanding Support and Recognition at International Builders’ and Kitchen and Bath Shows. ICC and ICC-ES, supporting organizations of the first-ever “Design & Construction Week,” received outstanding support and recognition from code officials and manufacturers for participation in the Design and Construction Week (DCW) Roundtable, working groups, committee meetings, and meetings with code officials. Click here to read more.
February 11, 2014 | ICC Governmental Member Voting Representatives Deadline is Approaching. The Group C Code Committee Action Hearings will be held April 27 - May 4 in Memphis, Tenn. ICC Primary Representatives are encouraged to review and verify the credentials of their Voting Members before the hearings. Validation of voter credentials and voter designation changes for eligible Members to vote at the Public Comment Hearings and the online assembly motions following the hearings must be completed no later than March 28 and can be completed online. Governmental Members need to be in the system 30 days prior to a code action hearing to vote on assembly motions.
February 7, 2014 | CSB Chair Applauds Changes to ICC Codes Addressing Gas Blow Pipe Cleaning Operations and Hot Work. The chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board commended the ICC and its Members for revising the International Fire Code and International Fuel Gas Code to prohibit an unsafe practice that killed six workers in a tragic explosion. Click here to read more.
February 6, 2014 | High School Technical Program Supported by ICC Featured in Video. The technical program, which teaches the importance of building codes and provides graduates with an advantage in the job market, is the subject of a video from the Harford County (Md.) Department of Inspections Licenses and Permits. Click here to view the video.
February 5, 2014 | NAHB Issues ICC 700 National Green Building Standard Call for Committee. NAHB, ICC's partner in the development of ICC 700 National Green Building Standard, is initiating the process to update ICC 700 from the current 2012 edition to the 2015 edition. As part of the process, they have issued a Call for Committee with applications due March 16, 2014. As the promulgator of the standard, NAHB will be responsible for appointing committee members. Proposed changes to the standard are being accepted, which are due March 24th. Click here to view the development schedule and the Call for Committee.
January 31, 2014 | ICC Call for Committees. The International Code Council is seeking volunteers to serve on Code Committees, the Code Correlation Committee and Code Interpretation Committees for the 2015-2017 Code Development Cycle. Both new and veteran committee members must complete an application. Applications for committee service are due by June 2. Click here to apply for a committee.
January 31, 2014 | Have you ever wanted to influence ICC exams and ensure the credibility and validity of ICC Certifications? ICC is accepting applications for an Exam Development Committee to create a new National Certification exam for Firestopping Special Inspectors. Assist in determining the scope and examination material for this new exam. Applications for consideration are due by March 3, 2014 — apply today.
January 28, 2014 | Using Current Codes Demonstrates Commitment to Safety, Savings. The development of current codes and standards by ICC Members supports the building industry in the construction of safe and resilient homes and buildings. In 32 states at least one of the 2012 I-Codes has been adopted at the state or local level. Click to continue reading.
January 10, 2014 | Public/Private Sector Collaboration Improves Building Safety. Federal agencies conclude and agree that code adoption and compliance, training for code officials and updating codes based on lessons learned from natural disasters are major factors in creating more resilient structures and safer communities. Click to continue.