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ICC News Release
For Immediate Release
February 13, 2017
Contact: Kraig Stevenson
1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 7603

New Publication Combines Model Building Code with Statewide Amendments for Washington

The Evergreen State and the International Code Council (ICC) will soon release a helpful resource that combines the 2015 International Building Code with customized amendments adopted statewide in Washington last July. The integrated 2015 International Building Code with Washington State Amendments will increase ease of use for building officials, local government, and industry and design professionals.

The up-to-date requirements for commercial construction will help designers and contractors create safer, more resilient communities. The 2015 International Building Code with Washington State Amendments is co-published by ICC and the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) with the cooperation of the Washington State Building Code Council.

“Since 2003, for each edition of the IBC adopted by Washington State, code users had to insert additional pages into the code wherever the state made an amendment,” said Tim Nogler, Washington State Building Code Council Managing Director. “This new collaboration with ICC integrates the state amendments, provides unique margin markings to help the user identify state amendments, and saves the trouble of inserting separate pages. All of this makes the code much more user friendly.”

“Members of WABO are excited by the new publication from ICC incorporating Washington State amendments into the IBC,” said WABO Technical Code Committee Chair Lee Kranz, CBO, ACO. “This is another example of WABO’s commitment to leveraging technology to better serve the end users of the codes.”

Print copies of the 2015 International Building Code with Washington State Amendments will be available in early March and can be pre-ordered from the Code Council. A PDF download can be purchased beginning late March.

“Updating construction safety codes is an effective method of helping to ensure the public’s safety in buildings while supporting innovation in the building construction industry,” said Mark Johnson, ICC Executive Vice President and Director of Business Development. “The Code Council is ready to assist Washington designers, policy makers and the construction community to ensure a smooth transition to the updated codes.”


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.