Many states and municipalities across the United States are now safeguarding homes, schools, buildings and recreational facilities within their communities by implementing the 2012 International Codes or I-Codes developed by the International Code Council. Adopting the latest versions of I-Codes makes people safer and reduces costs by using consistent, coordinated building regulations that allow for new products and innovative technologies and sustainable design and construction.
“When jurisdictions adopt the International Codes the public benefits from the critical work of code officials who protect lives in the built environment,” said William D. Dupler, President of the Code Council Board of Directors. “The I-Codes reflect technological and scientific advancements in building safety, and provide safe, sustainable and cost-effective guidelines that benefit local governments, the construction industry and consumers. It’s a winning formula for all facets of our nation’s communities.”
Amarillo, Texas, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, and the state of South Carolina are the first jurisdictions to adopt the new 2012 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC), the only comprehensive code to upgrade pool and spa safety and meet the requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Act. The ISPSC uses prescriptive and performance-related provisions to establish minimum safety requirements for public and residential pools, spas and hot tubs.
“It only makes sense to utilize the most current industry standards,” said Scott McDonald, Amarillo Building Official. “The ISPSC provides a single resource for persons involved in every aspect of the construction, maintenance and operation of pools, spas and hot tubs, to ensure they provide for the welfare and safety of the users.”
Every state, most federal agencies and a growing number of nations around the world use the I-Codes. Statewide adoptions of the 2012 versions have recently occurred in Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
Maryland adopted statewide the 2012 International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), International Mechanical Code (IMC), International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) and the International Existing Building Code (IEBC). Maryland also adopted the 2012 version of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the first model code to include sustainability measures for the entire construction project and its site—from design through construction, certificate of occupancy and beyond. Several Maryland jurisdictions have adopted the International Plumbing Code (IPC).
Wyoming put into effect several codes statewide including the 2012 IBC, International Fire Code (IFC), IMC and International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC). The state of Missouri updated its codes regulating the construction of state owned and rented buildings to include the 2012 IBC, IMC, IPC and IECC. Other statewide adoptions of the 2012 I-Codes include: Delaware, IPC; Illinois, IECC; and South Dakota, IBC.
In addition to being among the first jurisdictions to adopt the ISPSC, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, also adopted the 2012 versions of the IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC, IPC, IFGC, IECC, IPMC and the IEBC. Mt. Juliet also adopted ICC 300-2012: Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, and Grandstands, which includes comprehensive provisions for new and existing installations of bleacher seating.
Last month, the city of Dallas approved the IgCC as mandatory for all new construction and the code will go into effect in 2013. The approval was made on the recommendation of the Green Building Task Force which is comprised of industry stakeholders and registered city of Dallas third party voters.
Municipalities and local jurisdictions that have adopted one or more of the 2012 I-Codes include:
- Mountain Brook (IBC, IRC, IFC, IPC, IFGC, IMC)
- Peoria (IBC, IRC, IMC, IPC, IFGC, IECC, IPMC, effective May 1, 2013)
- Pima County (IBC, IRC, IMC, IPC, IFGC, IECC, IPMC, IEBC and International Wildland Urban Interface Code [IWUIC])
- Eagar (IBC, IRC, IFC, IPC, IPMC)
- Englewood (IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC, IPC, IFGC, IECC, IPMC)
- Greeley (IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC, IPC, IFGC, IPMC, IEBC, effective Jan. 1, 2013)
- Mesa County (IBC, IRC, IMC, IPC, IFGC, IECC)
- Vail (IBC, IRC, IMC, IPC, IFGC, IECC, ICCPC, effective January 1, 2013)
- Flossmoor (IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC, IECC)
- Freeport (IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC)
- Gurnee (IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC, IFGC, IWUIC)
- Lake Bluff (IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC, IFGC, IECC, IEBC)
- Macomb (IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC, IPMC)
- Peoria County (IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC, IFGC, IPMC, IEBC)
- Cedar Rapids (IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC)
- Dubuque (IBC, IRC, IMC, IPC, IFGC, IECC, IPMC)
- Marion (IBC, IRC, IMC, IPC, IFGC, IECC, IPMC)
- Mt. Pleasant (IBC, IRC, IMC, IPC, IPMC)
- Sioux Center (IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC, IPC, IFGC, IECC, IPMC)
- Overland Park (IBC, IRC, IFC, IECC, IPC, IFGC, IMC, IPMC, and International Private Sewage Disposal Code, effective Oct. 1, 2012)
- Independence (IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC, IPC, IFGC, IEBC)
- Richmond Heights (IBC, IRC, IFC)
- Starkville (IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC, IPC, IFGC, IPMC)
- State Public Works Board (IBC, IRC, IFC, IECC)
- Bristol (IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC, IFGC, IECC, IPMC, IEBC, ICCPC)
- Mt. Juliet (IBC, IFGC, IRC, IFC, IMC, IPC, IEBC, IPMC, IECC, ISPSC, ICC 300)
- Amarillo (2012 IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC, IPC, IFGC, IECC, IEBCC and ISPSC, effective Oct. 1, 2012)
- Cedar Park (2012 IFC, IBC, IRC, IMC, IPC, IFGC, IECC, IEBC, effective Oct. 1, 2012)
- College Station (2012 IBC, IRC, IMC, IPC, IFGC, IECC, IFC, IPMC, effective Jan. 1, 2013)
- Dallas (IgCC)
- El Paso (2009 IECC mandated; 2012 IECC voluntary)
- San Antonio (IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC, IPC, IFGC, IEBC)
- Casper (IBC, IRC, IMC, IPC, IFGC)
- Worland (IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC, IPC, IFGC, IEBC, IPMC, IECC)
The International Code Council is a member-focused association dedicated to helping the building safety community and construction industry provide safe and sustainable construction through the development of codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.