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2020 Building Safety Month Virtual Events Series

Due to COVID-19, the International Code Council canceled all scheduled in-person Building Safety Month events for 2020. In lieu of celebrating together in person, we’ve developed a set of free, virtual events to be held throughout the month of May. Join us and our partners to discuss topics related to building safety, building codes and code compliance.

Building Safety Month Twitter Chat
On Tuesday, May 12, at 3pm ET join our Building Safety Month Twitter Chat featuring Code Council Vice President of Innovation and Executive Director of the Alliance for National & Community Resilience (ANCR) Ryan Colker (@rmcolker) and ICC Government Relations Regional Manager Susan Dowty (@sdowtyICC) discussing seismic functional recovery and resiliency. Join the discussion using the hashtag #CODEversation.

Campaign Foundation Sponsor: American Gas Association


Disaster Preparedness, Building Codes and America’s Response to COVID-19
Speakers: Brock Long and Cristine McCombs
Code Council Host: Karl Fippinger
Length: 90 minutes; CEUs: 0.15
Date: May 7, 1:00–2:30 pm ET

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Partnering Organization: RESNET

A New Standard for Rating Whole-House Water Efficiency
Speaker: Ryan Meres
Code Council Host: Dave Walls
Length: 60 minutes; CEUs: 0.1
Date: May 14, 1:00–2:00 pm ET

After five years of development and testing, the new whole-house water efficiency rating system developed by the International Code Council and RESNET has been finalized. BSR/RESNET/ICC Standard 850-2020 provides a Water Rating Index score that accounts for both indoor and outdoor water efficiency for one- and two-family dwellings. This webinar will provide an overview of the standard, the development process, and a new program based on the standard called HERS H2O.

Attendees will learn about:

  • The components of indoor and outdoor water use included in the standard
  • The process for conducting a water efficiency rating
  • Ways that state and local governments and water utilities can use the standard to improve residential water use.

Sponsor: NAHB

Panel Discussion about the Effects of COVID-19 on the Building Safety Industry
Speakers: TBA
Code Council Host: Sara Yerkes
Length: 60 minutes; CEUs: 0.1
Date: May 20, 1:00–2:00 pm ET

Panelists will discuss how COVID-19 has affected each of their segments of the building safety industry in the short-term and what long-term effects they expect. Speakers will discuss how the industry is already going virtual and what’s left to do. How has COVID-19 helped us to prepare for the next crisis?

Partnering Organization: North American Deck and Railing Association

Deck Safety and the Codes
Speaker: Glenn Mathewson
Code Council Host: Learning Center
Length: 90 minutes; CEUs: 0.15
Date: May 29, 1:00–2:30 pm ET

The second edition of the International Code Council’s Deck Code and Education book will be available this summer with ten chapters that provide every 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) provision related to decks. Author and codes expert Glenn Mathewson will lead this 90-minute webinar explaining one overlooked or misunderstood provision from each chapter of the book. Learn about code administration, existing structures, materials, ledgers, the floor, posts and foundations, lateral loads, stairways, guards and handrails, and amenities.