April 23, 2014 | Chemical Safety Board Investigation Says Codes Would Protect Communities at Risk from Ammonium Nitrate Storage Facilities; Finds Lack of Regulation at All Levels of Government. CSB’s preliminary findings into last year’s fertilizer explosion and fire in West, Texas, which resulted in at least 14 fatalities, 226 injuries, and widespread community damage, says it was preventable. Click to read more.
April 23, 2014 | ICC Issues Call for Awards. Nominations are encouraged and now being accepted for several 2014 ICC Awards to recognize individuals, organizations and ICC Chapters. Nominations close on July 1. Click here for ICC Awards. Click here for Chapter Awards.
April 22, 2014 | FEMA National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Report Touts Importance of Codes. The report states: There is no more important factor in reducing a community’s risk from an earthquake than the adoption and enforcement of up-to-date building codes. Click to read the report.
April 21, 2014 | First-Ever cdpACCESS Online Voting Open May 19-30. cdpACCESS, ICC’s new code development tool, will set another milestone when online voting begins on assembly floor motions from the Group C Committee Action Hearings. In the past, assembly motions were in-person voting only at the hearing. If you are a Member, please take a moment to log into cdpACCESS and make certain you know your username, password and voting PIN. If you need to reset your password or PIN, please visit iccsafe.org/forgotcdp.
April 18, 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.
April 17, 2014 | Cupertino (Calif.) Students Learn Importance of Building Safety from ICC Chapter. Referring to themselves as "silent heroes,” members of the ICC Peninsula Chapter told students about the importance of identifying hazards in the home and provided a glimpse into careers as building officials. Read more here.
April 17, 2014 | Membership Council Meetings Slated for April 26–27 in Memphis. The Code Council's Building Official, Fire Service, PMG Official and Sustainability Membership Councils will hold meetings prior to the start of the Group C Committee Action Hearings in Memphis. ICC's Membership Councils were formed after Members asked to have a greater role influencing how ICC serves to enhance their work performance, careers and professions. Click here for more information.
April 9, 2014 | Group C Code Committee Action Hearings Begin this Month. The hearings take place April 27– May 3 at the Cook Convention Center, Memphis, Tenn., and 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. Click here to view the hearings schedule. cdpACCESS — the new, online component of the code development process — will be used for the first time at a hearing.
April 7, 2014 | America’s First PrepareAthon! National Day of Action is scheduled for April 30. PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and more. Click for more information and register to participate.
April 7, 2014 | Code Officials Explain Need for Permitting in Wake of Fatal Boston Fire. As Boston Officials discovered a permit was not pulled for welding on a building that caught fire and killed two firefighters, ICC Members Dan Walsh, Building Commissioner, Lincoln, Mass., and Eladio Gore, Building Commissioner, Falmouth, Mass., were interviewed on TV about the safety reasons for permitting and Building Safety Month. Click to see the interview.
April 3, 2014 | Chile Earthquake: Strict Building Rules May Keep Death Toll Low. According to a U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist, Chile does a very good job of building code compliance. Click to read more.
April 3, 2014 | FEMA Building Science Branch Releases 2013 Report. The Branch promotes disaster-resilient communities through its support of national building codes and standards organizations such as the ICC, the report states. The Branch has the lead role in the development, production and promotion of resources that incorporate the most up-to-date building codes for new construction and the repair of existing buildings. Click to download the report.
April 1, 2014 | Proposed IgCC Code Changes Available for Review. ICC has released a monograph of International Green Construction Code proposed code changes that will be considered during the Group C Committee Action Hearings April 27–May 3 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn. For the first time ever, proposed code changes were submitted using the new cdpACCESS system. Click here for more information and to review the monograph.
April 1, 2014 | IMT and ICC Present 2014 Standard Bearers Award. Now in its third year, the Standard Bearers Award will be presented for the first time by the Institute for Market Transformation and the International Codes Council. The award recognizes state and local jurisdictions and individuals for energy codes compliance and energy use reduction. For details and to apply, click here.
March 31, 2014 | NIST Issues Final Joplin Tornado Report, Begins Effort to Improve Standards and Codes. The National Institute of Standards and Technology will work with code development organizations to use the study's recommendations to improve model building codes and lay the foundation for nationally accepted standards. The final report is strengthened by clarifications and supplemental text suggested by organizations and individuals from across the nation. For more info, including the report, click here.
March 27, 2014 | ASHRAE Joins NAHB and ICC to Develop New National Green Building Standard. The National Association of Home Builders, ASHRAE and the International Code Council have agreed to jointly develop the 2015 edition of the ICC/ASHRAE 700 National Green Building Standard. It will be the third edition of the standard, currently named the National Green Building Standard (ICC 700), and the first time that ASHRAE has partnered on its development. Click to read more.
March 27, 2014 | District of Columbia to Publish New Construction Codes. The DC Construction Codes, based on the I-Codes, reflect some of the most modern, sustainable, and energy- and water-efficient building practices, according to Mayor Vincent C. Gray. Click here to read more.
March 27, 2014 | Building Safety Month is Around the Corner. 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 include proclamation and news release templates, activities and stickers for youngsters, posters, brochures and more. Printed campaign materials are available for purchase at the ICC Store and many items are free. Click here for details.
March 26, 2014 | ICC-ES Earns Prestigious WSSPC Award in Excellence. The award bestowed by the Western States Seismic Policy Council recognizes ICC-ES Evaluation Reports for identifying safe, effective materials and designs that provide public safety to combat seismic activity, as well as the dedication of ICC-ES staff to maintain the highest level of integrity and service to clients. Click here for more information.
March 20, 2014 | Mississippi Enacts its First Statewide Building Code Law. The new legislation requires Mississippi cities and counties to adopt as a minimum standard any of the last three editions of the International Building Code and any additional codes as adopted by the Mississippi Building Code Council. The law takes effect on Aug. 1. Click here to read more.
March 14, 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.
March 13, 2014 | ICC Recommends Jurisdictions Update 2009, 2012 IPC, IRC to Comply with New Federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act. Jurisdictions can make changes immediately for public health reasons and update to 2015 codes later this year. The Act that went into effect on January 4, 2014. Click here to read more.
March 12, 2014 | Improving Relations Between Building Inspectors and Pro Contractors. Know the code, modifications and alternative methods; ask questions; schedule inspections; and join a trade association or the ICC are among the tips offered in this article.
March 12, 2014 | ICC AHC working to ensure the highest level of safety for healthcare facilities. Federal officials are proposing sweeping new requirements for American health care facilities intended to improve their readiness to care for patients during disasters. The ICC Ad Hoc Committee on Healthcare (AHC) was formed in cooperation with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering to develop code change proposals to the International Codes which will result in the most contemporary, safe and efficient provisions for hospital and ambulatory care facilities. The AHC’s next meeting is scheduled for April 15-16 in Schiller Park, Ill. Read more.