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ICC News Release
For Immediate Release
August 30, 2016
Contact: Alberto Herrera
1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 3226

Global Connections Day Addresses Building Codes, Standards and Climate Change: Sustainable Practices for a Changing World

A Featured Event at 2016 ICC Annual Conference

Global Connections Day, sponsored by the International Code Council (ICC) Family of Companies, will convene on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in Kansas City, MO in conjunction with the 2016 Annual Conference and Building Safety & Design Expo. The theme for the day is “Building Codes, Standards and Regulations and Climate Change:  Sustainable Practices for a Changing World.”

Global Connections Day will include presentations on the challenges presented by the evolutionary process toward sustainability by assessing its impact on the role of building codes, standards, and regulations in the global marketplace. Speakers will address the effect of regulatory change on institutions and governments throughout the world and the need for codes and standards to keep pace with the impact of real or perceived climate change.  Rebecca Laberenne, Associate Director, Service Implementation, 100 Resilient Cities Program, will provide a special presentation about the 100 Resilient Cities program, an initiative to help more cities build resilience to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

Scheduled to speak, as of August 29, are:

  • Kateri Callahan, CEO of the Alliance to Save Energy
  • James “Tim” T. Ryan, Code Administrator for the City of Overland Park, Kansas, and Presidential appointee to the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors
  • Ommid Saberi, Senior Industry Specialist-Green Buildings of the IFC Climate Business Department at the World Bank
  • Wayne Trusty, a specialist in Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) from Canada.
  • Ishii Akira, Assistant Director, Building and Environment Coordination Division, Housing and Architecture Bureau, City of Yokohama, Japan
  • Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance
  • Rebecca Laberenne, Associate Director, Service Implementation, 100 Resilient Cities Program—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation
Kateri Callahan James “Tim” T. Ryan Ommid Saberi Wayne Trusty Ishii
Rebecca Laberenne

The final schedule of speakers and topics presented at Global Connections Day are subject to change.

Global Connections Day is free and open to the public. The luncheon is also open to the public, but is a paid event and requires pre-registration. For the latest information, visit the Global Connections Day webpage.

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.