The ICC family of solutions joins 2021 Design and Construction Week at all-virtual event

Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council, ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), and ICC NTA are excited to join residential construction and design professionals virtually at the 2021 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show virtual experience (IBS) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) virtual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) during the eighth annual Design and Construction Week (DCW). The all-virtual DCW will take place February 9-12, 2021.

At the largest annual gathering of the residential construction and design industry, IBS and KBIS will provide a virtual platform experience for attendees to interact online with other professionals in the residential construction industry. The new virtual format will allow participants to see the latest product launches and cutting-edge housing and design as well as kitchen and bath innovations, hear from the top leaders in the industry, and take part in online education courses, from wherever they are in the world.

“The pandemic has marked a shift in the residential design and construction community; connecting with our industry peers at this event is more important now than ever,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “While Design and Construction Week will take place virtually this year, IBS and KBIS continue to offer a space for industry innovation and collaboration as we work to adapt and transform during times of change.”

The Code Council, ICC NTA and ICC-ES are sponsoring a virtual exhibitor booth where participants can interact live with staff. Code Council staff will also host live presentations.

Visit kbis.com to register for KBIS and buildersshow.com to register for IBS.

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About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.

About ICC Evaluation Service

The ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), a member of the Code Council family of solutions, is a nonprofit, limited liability company that does technical evaluations of building products, components, methods and materials. ICC-ES evaluation reportsbuilding product listings and plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas and solar thermal product listings provide evidence that products and systems meet requirements of codes and technical standards.

About ICC NTA

ICC NTA is a third-party agency that provides code evaluation, product certification, inspection, engineering, plan review, and testing services, as well as independent quality and standards compliance verification for many building products. Our professional services have value to residential and commercial builders, code officials, and manufacturers and suppliers throughout the building industry.

Leading the Way to Energy Efficiency

The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce contacted the Code Council to request information about its code development process and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). On February 2, we released information to the Committee that explains our role in helping communities around the world become more energy efficient.

Global Resiliency Dialogue Releases Report Detailing Consideration of Climate Risk in Building Codes

Washington, D.C. – The Global Resiliency Dialogue published findings of its first international survey in the report, The Use of Climate Data and Assessment of Extreme Weather Event Risks in Building Codes around the World.

The Global Resiliency Dialogue was established in 2019 by The International Code Council, the Australian Building Codes Board, the National Research Council of Canada, and the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, to foster global collaboration in addressing evolving climate risks in codes and standards. The aim is to create an international resiliency guideline and enable collaborative research efforts that will aid jurisdictions across the globe to better prepare the building stock to withstand the more extreme weather events, including high wind, flooding, and wildfire, that the evidence and science tells us have been and will continue to increase in frequency and duration.

The report is the first deliverable of the Global Resiliency Dialogue and provides valuable context about the current level of integration of climate science in the provisions of advanced building codes around the world. The report shows that, while many countries are actively considering the integration of models and methodologies that would more accurately predict the risk to buildings during their anticipated life cycle, the vast majority of advanced building codes implemented globally still rely on historical data to assess the risk to buildings from extreme weather events.  

“There is great value in building code development and research organizations around the world collectively considering how building safety codes and standards can best adapt to address existential challenges like climate change,” said International Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. , “There is a demand in many jurisdictions in the United States and around the world that have already experienced devastating impacts of more frequent and intense weather-related hazards for buildings that are safe and durable even in these changing conditions. The International Code Council is committed to playing a leading role in working with stakeholders in the government and standards community, as well as with our global partners, to develop tools and solutions that effectively address these concerns.” 

The Global Resiliency Dialogue report, The Use of Climate Data and Assessment of Extreme Weather Event Risks in Building Codes, is available as a free download at www.globalresiliency.org.

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About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.

Building Safety Month 2021: “Prevent, Prepare, Protect. Building Codes Save”

Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council announced today the theme for its 41st annual Building Safety Month. Held each year in May, the 2021 event will emphasize “Prevent, Prepare, Protect. Building Codes Save.” With attendees’ safety top of mind, all Building Safety Month events will be held virtually this year. The educational and interactive campaign is meant to raise awareness about the importance of building codes in ensuring safety in the spaces in which we live, work and learn.

Each year, the Code Council, its 64,000 members, and professionals across the building safety landscape highlight the importance of building safety though proclamations, informational events, legislative briefings, and more.

The weekly themes for Building Safety Month are:

  • Week One (May 1-9): Energy & Innovation
  • Week Two (May 10-16): Training the Next Generation
  • Week Three (May 17-23): Water Safety
  • Week Four (May 24-31): Disaster Preparedness

With society placing greater emphasis on safety within both public and private buildings, Building Safety Month is more relevant than ever in educating the public about the increasingly important role modern building codes play in keeping our homes and communities strong and resilient,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO.

More information about Building Safety Month, including details regarding virtual events, can be found at: www.buildingsafetymonth.org.

To view and download this year’s campaign poster, click here, and follow along on social media using the hashtag #BuildingSafety365. To download resized posters for your website and social media platforms, click here.

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About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is a nonprofit association that provides a wide range of building safety solutions including product evaluation, accreditation, certification, codification and training. It develops model codes and standards used worldwide to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.

Next Steps for the IECC

The Code Council’s Board of Directors heard verbal testimony from members & stakeholders about potentially transitioning the IECC from a code development to a standards development process. We have more information about ICC’s role in supporting energy efficiency through codes & standards.

Two new International Code Council online code tools now available

Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council launched two online building code tools for building safety professionals and the public to access free information about building code usage in their communities.

Created in partnership with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) and the Insurance Services Office (ISO), the U.S. code adoption database is an interactive map that shares code adoption information at the state and local level. A one-of-a-kind U.S. code adoption tool, the database displays which codes are adopted within each state/jurisdiction and provides context and links to access further code information.

The database also contains a color-coded map for each of the fifteen International Codes (I-Codes) – the most widely used model building codes in the world – showing statewide code adoptions around the U.S.  The most current adoption information is maintained across the site through a collaboration effort between the Code Council, FLASH and ISO.

The Global Building Codes Tool provides information about the building codes and standards used in countries around the world. Users may select a country from the world map to view information about the respective building safety regulation agencies, and the building codes and standards referenced and enforced within that country. The tool is designed to help manufacturers and designers who are interested in exporting their products and services to markets outside the United States, as well as to government officials around the world who are monitoring these regulations which impact market entry. It also represents a key component of the Code Council’s Strategic Partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration.

“Building codes represent a highly cost-effective strategy to help protect communities from the risks posed by natural and man-made events,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “We are very excited to launch these two databases that provide important code information that is useful to all community stakeholders.”

A recent study published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) affirmed the significant benefits up-to-date building codes provide communities. The Building Codes Save: A Nationwide Study features an in-depth look at the quantified benefits—avoided losses to buildings and building contents—from adopting modern building codes and standards. To access the full FEMA report, click here. For more Information on how building codes help communities mitigate hazard risks, click here.

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About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.

Written Comments on IECC Now Posted

Registration has closed to testify or provide written comments to the International Code Council Board of Directors related to the International Energy Conservation Code.