STEP into the future: Solar training for design professionals is shaping the future of the solar industry

ICC-SRCC continues bringing valuable training in renewable technologies

As the solar industry matures and diversifies with more than one million solar installations now on homes and businesses throughout the United States, there is an increasing need for professionals outside the solar industry to learn more about solar technologies, both for safety and quality assurance. More code professionals are coming in contact with solar technologies in their day-to-day jobs, including electrical and building inspectors, local code officials, and fire fighters. They all have an important role in the rapidly changing clean energy economy.

If the solar sector is to continue growing in a safe and sustainable way, quality workforce training for industries that come in contact with solar technologies is imperative in order to enhance their expertise and add to their professional development toolkits. Recognizing this need, the ICC Solar Rating Certification Corporation (ICC-SRCC) — a member of the ICC Family of Companies — partnered with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI), the International Association of Fire Fighters and the National Association of State Fire Marshals to promote a solar resources and training program that integrates solar training into existing professional development platforms and provides training to code officials about solar installations.

The Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program — funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative — addresses gaps in solar training and energy education, both within the solar workforce and in professions that play a crucial role in solar deployment. The two-year project aims to reach 100,000 industry professionals in the code official, inspection and firefighting sectors, with a goal of delivering direct training to 10,000 individuals at the end of two years. The grant for the STEP program is almost halfway complete. To date, the ICC-SRCC has issued Continuing Education Units to more than 900 ICC members in 22 metropolitan areas across the United States through the STEP training. With the ICC-SRCC being an ICC Preferred Provider, the Code Council has been able to offer meaningful and valuable training to its members free of charge.

The Solar Permitting Plan Review Course — developed by ICC-SRCC, IREC, IAEI and other partners — is an interactive, in-person course designed to provide a practical process for consistent plan review, with an emphasis on how to catch the most frequent installation errors. Taught by a national expert in solar plan review, the six-hour course walks attendees through the review of a complete permit plan application. The training is specially designed to educate those who conduct building plan reviews and building and electrical inspections, as well as professionals who design, assemble or submit solar plans. Those who complete the training will be able to evaluate a complete solar permit package to ensure it is compliant with building, fire and electrical codes relevant to a jurisdiction.

A majority of the training content comes from the 2015 International Solar Energy Provisions (ISEP). The ICC-SRCC donated more than 500 free downloads of the ISEP to students who completed the course as part of its contribution to the project.

The program’s goal is to increase the understanding and working knowledge of solar technology and practices in order to to ensure both safety and quality assurance. To date, the training appears to be successfully contributing to the deployment of high-quality solar training to electrical inspectors, installers and designers.

After completing the Solar Permitting Plan Review Course, ICC members completed an evaluation. Here’s what they said:

83% feel more prepared to work around solar electric systems after having taken the course.
85% can apply what they learned in the course immediately to their jobs.
78% feel empowered to make decisions in their jobs regarding solar system permit plans.
88% would recommend the course to their friends and colleagues.

The impact of the STEP training is designed to go well beyond the two-year award period. Since the resources and training will be integrated into existing professional training programs, the valuable training in renewable technologies won’t end with this collaboration. The ICC-SRCC will continue to work on bringing valuable training in renewable technologies either in person or online in the future.

For more information on the STEP training, contact ICC-SRCC Executive Director Eileen Prado.

 


Solar Permitting Plan Review Course to be offered at ICC’s Annual Conference

Join national solar plan review expert Jerry Henderson at the interactive, in-person Solar Permitting Plan Review Course being offered Sept. 13 at ICC’s Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Learn how to successfully evaluate a complete solar permit package to ensure it is compliant with building, fire and electrical codes relevant to your jurisdiction, with an emphasis on how to catch the most frequent installation errors, while earning 0.6 Continuing Education Units. Don’t wait to register. This class is limited to 100 people and registration is required.

Last chance to update your GMVRs

All Primary Member Representatives need to designate their Governmental Member Voting Representatives online by August 11 to be eligible to vote at the Annual Business Meeting during the 2017 ICC Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Read more.

Garriss receives NASFM President’s Award

The National Association of State Fire Marshals selected International Code Council Board of Directors President and Georgia State Fire Marshal M. Dwayne Garriss as the recipient of its 2017 President’s Award, which recognizes outstanding efforts and leadership during the past year. Read more.

ICC and PEC sign agreement to help modernize Pakistan’s building codes

The International Code Council signed an agreement with the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) to support their efforts to update the Building Code of Pakistan. This agreement grants PEC the ability to use ICC’s 2015 International Building Code, International Zoning Code and Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities to modernize Pakistan’s building code. Read more

ICC and PEC sign agreement to help modernize Pakistan’s building codes

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ICC and PEC sign agreement to help modernize Pakistan’s building codes

PEC plans to use the International Codes to promote building safety,
innovation and efficiency in Pakistan

     WASHINGTON, D.C., USA and ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – The International Code Council (ICC) signed an agreement with the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) to support their efforts to update the Building Code of Pakistan.

This agreement grants PEC the ability to use ICC’s 2015 International Building Code, International Zoning Code and Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities to modernize Pakistan’s building code. The Code Council’s set of model codes and standards, called the International Codes, reflect the most advanced building science construction methods and practices available and support the creation of safe, innovative, efficient and resilient structures.

    The Code Council and S. K. Ghosh Associates, the latest addition to the ICC Family of Companies, are familiar with Pakistan’s past efforts to update its building codes, having worked with the National Engineering Services Pakistan Limited to assist in these efforts in 2006. The ICC-PEC agreement builds on the Code Council’s long and successful relationship in working with the government of Pakistan on its building code efforts.

“We’re proud to announce this important partnership, another sign of our commitment to strong building codes and standards worldwide,” said President of ICC’s Board of Directors M. Dwayne Garriss. “Pakistan joins many other countries and entities in using ICC’s model codes as a basis for strengthening their own.”

“The Code Council is an active proponent of updated, modern codes that contribute to safe buildings and resilient communities. We’re excited to announce this new agreement with PEC, a part of our expanding global footprint,” said ICC Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO.

PEC Chairman Engr. Jawed Salim Qureshi stated, “The world’s premier organization, ICC, played a vital role in the development of the Building Code of Pakistan in 2006. Recently, ICC honored PEC’s request and granted a license to use the aforementioned International Codes to modernize the building code of Pakistan.” He added, “The revision of our building codes will provide life safety to around 200 million people in Pakistan who are living at the junction of three of the world’s major tectonic plates.”

The Code Council has similar partnerships with Colombia, Haiti, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, the United Arab Emirates and others to help communities worldwide establish the safest and most resilient buildings and communities. For more information about ICC Global Services, click here.

About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

About the Pakistan Engineering Council
The Pakistan Engineering Council is a regulatory statutory body enacted by the Parliament to regulate the engineering profession in Pakistan. The Council sets, maintains and upholds realistic and internationally-relevant standards of professional competence and ethics for engineers, license engineers and engineering institutions. www.pec.org.pk

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High School Technical Training Program concludes its sixth year

Students from schools operating the International Code Council’s High School Technical Training Program were among those competing in the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (SkillsUSA) in Louisville, Ky. SkillsUSA is a showcase of career and technical education students. More than 16,000 people, including students, teachers and business partners, participated in the week-long event. Read more.

ICC and BPI partner to advance building professionals’ training in Texas

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ICC and BPI partner to advance building professionals’ training in Texas

New agreement facilitates a greater focus on the training curriculum

Arlington, Texas – The International Code Council (ICC) and the Building Professional Institute (BPI) announced a new partnership that will advance training for building professionals in Texas. Under the new agreement, the Code Council will manage the registration, administration and outreach for trainings while BPI will focus on the curriculum to better serve the needs of building professionals in Texas.

Originally established at the University of Texas at Arlington in 1992, BPI conducts four annual regional events that offer quality education and training for building professionals, including building officials, municipal inspectors, real estate inspectors, architects, engineers, builders, plumbers, fire protection personnel, code enforcement, permit technicians, contractors, electricians, and environmental health and safety personnel. BPI is an ICC Preferred Provider and coursework done through these training events earn valuable Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to help attendees maintain necessary professional certifications.

“BPI is excited about the opportunity to partner with ICC on one of the key elements of our educational program,” said BPI Officer Charles Clawson. “This partnership will reduce our administrative responsibility and allow BPI to concentrate on our long-standing tradition of quality education.”

The new agreement allows BPI to leverage the Code Council’s expertise and resources to elevate its own exceptional training services. “I am pleased that our longstanding ICC-BPI partnership is expanding to better serve the training needs of the building community,” said ICC Executive Vice President and Director of Business Development Mark Johnson. “Strengthening our partnership will benefit all building professionals in Texas and lead to building safer, more resilient communities.”

The Code Council will begin supplying registration and outreach services for BPI’s October 2017 Central Texas event in August. Other BPI events occur each year in Arlington, Houston and Brownsville. Learn more about upcoming BPI training events at www.bpi-tx.com.

About the International Code Council
The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

About the Building Professional Institute
The Building Professional Institute was originally established at the University of Texas at Arlington in 1992 by the Building Officials Association of Texas and the Construction Research Center at the University of Texas at Arlington. The Institute is typically an annual week-long program of quality education and training for building professionals.

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ICC and BPI partner to advance building professionals’ training in Texas

The International Code Council and the Building Professional Institute announced a new partnership that will advance training for building professionals in Texas. Under the new agreement, the Code Council will manage the registration, administration and outreach for training while BPI will focus on the curriculum to better serve the needs of building professionals in Texas. Read more.

ICC Foam Plastic Insulation Standard Committee

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Public Comment Draft for ICC 1100-20xx available for public comment

The ICC Foam Plastic Insulation Standard Committee has held 3 public meeting to develop the Public Comment Draft of the ICC 1100-20xx Standard for Spray-applied Polyurethane Foam Plastic Insulation. Public comments are requested on this public comments draft. The public comment deadline is June 11, 2018.

ICC IS-FPI Foam Plastic Insulation Standard Committee

The ICC board approved the development of the IS-FPI standards committee to create an American National Standard to establish the minimum physical and performance properties as well as application requirements for spray applied foam plastic insulations. The objective will be the submission of a code change proposal in the 2018 Group A Cycle in January/2018 to include the standard for reference in the 2021 I-codes.

If you would like to be added to the email distribution list for information concerning the Committee and/or Work Groups, please email Steven Thorsell, AIA, CSI at sthorsell@icc-es.org.

Committee Documents