Written Comments on IECC Now Posted

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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.

In total, 55 individuals registered to testify, and 200 written comments were received by the deadline. The Code Council Board is meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at 12:00 PM ET. The total time allotted for verbal testimony is two hours; each individual will have two minutes to provide their comments. The order will be alphabetical by organization or last name for those without a company affiliation.

Written comments are available at www.iccsafe.org/iecc-development-process.

Although registration to speak is now closed, anyone who wants to listen in may do so by registering here.

Please direct additional questions to Mike Pfeiffer, Senior Vice President of Technical Services, at mpfeiffer@iccsafe.org.

Provide your thoughts about the IECC

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Provide your thoughts about the IECC

The International Code Council Board of Directors is considering updating the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and Ch. 11 of the International Residential Code (IRC) using the ICC standards process. For more information on the proposed framework, click here.

Many stakeholders, including code officials, energy policymakers, home builders, the design community and industry representatives, have asked for improvements to the IECC development process. This feedback has made it clear that improvements are needed to keep up with rapid changes and advancements in technology related to energy conservation. The Appeals Board and the Blue Ribbon Committee recommended this course of action as the Code Council’s Consensus Procedures allow for more timely consideration and an in-depth investigation of energy improvements without the time limits imposed in the code hearings. Download notes from the Blue Ribbon Committee work group meeting on November 10, 2020, for more details on the committee discussion.

On January 21, 2021, the Code Council Board will meet virtually to hear testimony from members and stakeholders.

  • TO SUBMIT WRITTEN COMMENTS: Email your submissions to memberinput@iccsafe.org. All written submissions must be received by 8:00 PM ET on Monday, January 11, 2021.
  • TO PROVIDE VERBAL TESTIMONY: Register to participate in the meeting here. Registration for verbal testimony closes at 8:00 PM ET on Monday, January 11, 2021. Please read the protocols for participation before registering.
  • TO LISTEN ONLY: Register to listen to the January 21 virtual meeting here. You will receive the YouTube link for audio participation via email after registration.

All written comments received by the deadline will be posted on the Code Council website. More information is available at www.iccsafe.org/iecc-development-process.

Please direct all questions to Mike Pfeiffer, Senior Vice President of Technical Services, at mpfeiffer@iccsafe.org.

Public Comment Period on the IECC

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Public Comment Period on the IECC

On December 16, the International Code Council Board of Directors met to discuss the future of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Following the recommendations from the Appeals Board and the Board Committee on the Long-Term Code Development Process (Blue Ribbon Committee), the Code Council Board decided to put forward a framework for the updating of the IECC and Ch. 11 of the International Residential Code (IRC) using the ICC standards process, subject to stakeholder input and final approval by the ICC Board of Directors.

If approved, the following framework will apply:

  • The title of the document will remain the International Energy Conservation Code and the residential energy provisions in Chapter 11 of the IRC will be a duplication of the residential provisions from the IECC. As such, the change in process will not impact references in existing statutes, laws or policies.
  • The IECC will retain the International Codes publication format with the 2024 IECC and IRC scheduled to be published in the fall of 2023.
  • The 2024 IECC and Chapter 11 of the IRC will be updated using the Code Council’s Consensus Procedures. The Consensus Procedures allow for more timely consideration and an in-depth investigation of energy improvements without the time limits imposed in the code hearings.
  • The energy provisions will undergo continuous maintenance in order to be responsive to advances in technology. This will result in the update process continuing beyond the publication of the 2024 IECC and IRC.
  • The committee will be balanced in accordance with our consensus procedures.
  • The next update will begin with the 2021 IECC and Chapter 11 of the 2021 IRC.
  • The Code Council will conduct a campaign to inform members about participation.

The Code Council Board wants your input. They will be meeting the week of January 18 to hear verbal testimony from interested members and stakeholders. If you are interested in submitting written comments and providing verbal testimony, please contact memberinput@iccsafe.org. All written submissions and commitments to participate must be received by 8:00 PM ET on Monday, January 11, 2021. All comments received will be posted on the Code Council website. There will be a registration process for verbal testimony; additional information will be sent the week of January 4, 2021.

In addition to the IECC process, the Blue Ribbon Committee is considering a number of issues related to the code development process, including federal preemption and voter guides. Click here to read the latest update from the committee. You can also learn more on the Code Council website; contact Mike Pfeiffer, PE to receive email updates related to upcoming committee meetings.

Blue Ribbon Committee Update on Preemption, Voter Guides, and the IECC

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Blue Ribbon Committee Update on Preemption, Voter Guides, and the IECC

The Board Committee on the Long-Term Code Development Process (Blue Ribbon Committee) has met regularly since July to discuss many issues of importance to the code development process. In addition to the committee members, interested parties from across the building, construction and design community have participated in the virtual meetings and work groups. At the latest meeting on November 20, the Blue Ribbon Committee discussed the following items.

Federal Preemption: The Blue Ribbon Committee approved in concept a mechanism to address matters of federal preemption. The mechanism should include:

  • A proposed revision to Council Policy 1 Appeals to specifically exclude matters of federal preemption as an appealable action or inaction.
  • The development of a process in which code changes which potentially address preempted issues will be brought to the attention of the International Code Council Board of Directors in a timely matter for consideration and direction.

Voter Guides/Voter Acknowledgment: The Blue Ribbon Committee is investigating the possibility of a voter statement for cdpACCESS for the online governmental consensus vote. This statement would require voting members to acknowledge that they:

  • Are eligible voting members of the Code Council;
  • Are participating in this process in compliance with the ICC Code of Ethics;
  • Have done their due diligence to become informed on the matters they are voting on;
  • And, are aware that voter guides are the opinions of participants in the process, are not endorsed by the Code Council, and that the voters are under no obligation to vote in accordance with such guides.

International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) Development Process: The Blue Ribbon Committee has approved a recommendation for the Code Council Board to consider updating the commercial and residential energy provisions in the IECC and Chapter 11 of the International Residential Code (IRC) via the Code Council’s Consensus Procedures instead of the governmental consensus process. The Consensus Procedures allow for more timely consideration and an in-depth investigation of energy improvements without the time limits imposed in the code hearings. If approved, the 2024 IECC and Chapter 11 of the IRC will be updated using the Code Council’s standards consensus procedures. The title of the document will remain the International Energy Conservation Code and the residential energy provisions in Chapter 11 of the IRC will be a duplication of the residential provisions from the IECC. The Code Council Board will consider this recommendation at an upcoming meeting.

If you would like to receive email updates related to the committee or join an upcoming Blue Ribbon Committee meeting, please contact Mike Pfeiffer, PE. Click here to learn more about the Blue Ribbon Committee.

Procedural Changes to the Code Development Process

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Procedural Changes to the Code Development Process

Thank you to all our members and stakeholders who have participated in the code development process for the 2021 International Codes (I-Codes). We’re pleased to share that more than 240,000 votes were cast and more than 2,600 voting representatives participated.

To continue to evolve and refine our process, several issues were referred to the Board Committee on the Long-Term Code Development Process (Blue Ribbon Committee) for further review. This committee is a venue for stakeholders to provide feedback on the process and suggest changes.

We are pleased to share two approved outcomes from the Blue Ribbon Committee surrounding cost impact and assembly consideration.

Cost Impact

The Board approved the Committee recommendation to revise the Council Policy 28 requirements on the cost impact of proposed code changes, and requested staff develop a complete methodology and plan for implementation for Board consideration.

Assembly Consideration

The Board approved the Committee recommendation to streamline the code development process by removing assembly consideration at the Committee Action Hearings (Section 5.7 of CP 28). It was found that assembly consideration adds approximately 2-3 weeks to the process with minimal benefit. Anyone can submit a public comment which is the net effect of a successful assembly motion vote.

Our commitment, and goal, is to bring together industries with the shared purpose of creating safe, affordable, and sustainable buildings and communities. The Blue Ribbon Committee was established to help uphold this commitment by continuing to find opportunities to refine and strengthen the Code Council’s code development process.

We look forward to continued participation from our members in the 2024 process. Code changes are due in January 2021 and anyone can submit code change proposals via the Code Council’s cloud-based program, cdpACCESS, at https://www.cdpaccess.com/. The 2021 Committee Action Hearings will be held virtually this year due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. Learn more.

Thank you for your help and support in continuing to make the I-Codes the most widely used model building codes in the world.

International Code Council honors extraordinary building safety professionals during special virtual awards event

Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council honored outstanding individuals and organizations for their accomplishments and service to their communities, the building safety industry and the Code Council at a special virtual awards event during the inaugural ICC Learn Live. Visit the recently launched 2020 Awards webpage that contains full profiles of the award recipients.

The Robert W. Gain Fire Prevention Leadership Award is presented annually to recognize career achievement by an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and longstanding dedication in support of fire codes and fire prevention. This prestigious award honors the memory of Chief Robert W. Gain. The recipient of the 2020 Robert W. Gain Fire Prevention Leadership Award is Lee Wheeler, Retired Fire Chief from the Renton, Washington, Fire Department.

ICC Excellence in Public Safety Award is awarded to a member of the building industry who consistently demonstrates the qualities of integrity, professionalism and dedication in his or her services to the profession and whose personal standards represent the spirit of public service to the development of codes and standards in the interest of public safety. The award is presented in honor of four individuals who exemplified the qualities cited for granting this award: Ron Burton, John Fies, Wilbur H. Lind and Alton Riddick. The recipient of the 2020 Public Safety Award is Steven Tafoya, Building Official/Director for the Fayette County, Georgia, Department of Building Safety.

ICC Community Service Award recognizes outstanding service that promotes public health, safety and welfare. The 2020 recipient is the Mansfield, Texas, Volunteer Program.

Educator of the Year Award recognizes excellence in promoting professional development. The award is given in memory of Brent Snyder, a renowned Code Council educator and Past Presiding Officer, for his calm and inspiring leadership. The 2020 Educator of the Year is Charles Clawson, Founder of Building Professionals Institute and Development Services Director for the City of Arlington, Texas.

The Chapter of the Year Award recognizes extraordinary performance by a chapter in promoting the goals and mission of the Code Council. The 2020 recipient is the Code Official Association of Alabama for its work to ensure consistent code enforcement throughout all areas of Alabama and its scholarship program to encourage and assist those attending college or trade school.

The Chapter Merit Award recognizes chapters that distinguish themselves through activities demonstrating the Code Council’s goals and objectives. The Oregon Permit Technicians Association is recognized this year for its commitment to member education, service to their respective communities and its efforts to promote Building Safety Month.

Raising the Profile Award recognizes an individual or organization for acts or contributions that raise the public awareness of code personnel that improve public safety in the built environment. The 2020 Raising the Profile Award recipient is Joel A. Dramis for his work as Building Code Administrator for the City of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Building Department.

PMG Leadership Award recognizes an individual or organization for exceptional service to the plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas and swimming pool/spa (PMG) industry. The Code Council’s 2020 PMG Leadership Award recipient is Richard Grace, Code Specialist for Fairfax County, Virginia.

The National Leadership in Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the growth and enhancement of codes or public policy espousing the principles of the Code Council Sustainability Membership Council. The 2020 recipients are Brad Smith and the City of Santa Monica.

Meritorious Service Award is granted to an individual who has given unselfishly of time and talent in furthering the development of ICC codes and standards. The 2020 Meritorious Service Award recipient is posthumously awarded to Jim. W. Sealy, a formerly self-employed architect. He is awarded, respectfully, for his practice of architecture in several prestigious firms where he became actively involved in building codes, life safety, and construction industry standards.

The Code Council congratulates all the 2020 award recipients. To read the full profiles of the award recipients, 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.

International Code Council goes virtual for the 2021 Committee Action Hearings

Washington, D.C. –  The International Code Council has begun its 2024 code development process and confirmed its Committee Action Hearings will leverage a virtual model for participants. Taking place April 11 through May 5, 2021, all interested parties are encouraged to participate as modern and innovative building codes and standards affect the safety and sustainability of all our buildings and communities.

“As we continue to navigate the pandemic and adhere to COVID-19 regulations, the safety of hearing participants is our number one priority,” said Dominic Sims, CBO, Chief Executive Officer of the Code Council. “Following the success of our recent virtual appeals, we’ve incorporated key lessons learned and are well-positioned to leverage a virtual framework for our upcoming Committee Action Hearings.”

Due to the hearings being a highly collaborative process, staff, moderators and committee members will have the option to gather in a central location for the duration of the process, while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Speaking participants and those interested in listening to the proceedings will be able to join virtually. As done in previous years, the hearings will be available to view for free through a livestream.

Committee member selection is underway, and submissions for code change proposals are currently open. The Code Council will be accepting code change proposals through January 11, 2021. Anyone can submit a proposal via the Code Council’s cloud-based program, cdpACCESS, at www.cdpaccess.com.

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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.

New guidelines now available for businesses winterizing outdoor spaces

Washington, D.C. – As the world continues to navigate pandemic restrictions, many businesses have relied on outdoor seating spaces to continue serving their communities throughout the COVID-19 considerations.  As a result of the nuanced and regulated nature of adding outdoor seating, the International Code Council has published considerations and guidelines for business owners and designers leveraging this strategy.

Similar to the structures converted to temporary healthcare facilities at the onset of the pandemic, the new outdoor seating spaces must comply with building codes and safety standards.  The document provides guidelines for business owners and designers when working with local code officials and their Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).  Key takeaways from the document include:

  • Obtain an approved permit: Businesses looking to set up outdoor seating spaces will likely need to receive pre-approval in the form of a permit from either a state or local building department, as well as factor in any lead or wait time to receive approvals.
  • Determine if the space is temporary or permanent: For structures that might remain in place for more than 180 days, owners, agents, and managers may be required to ensure that the structure complies with more in-depth provisions of the codes.
  • Ensure proper location: Although the most obvious location choice for an outdoor seating space is in front of one’s own storefront, this may not always be approved by local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) due to safety reasons. Therefore, owners need to be able to plan for the proper location.
  • Ensure fire safety: When constructing a designated outdoor dining space, the combustibility rating of the materials should always be evaluated and approved for the intended use by both building and fire code regulators.
  • Ensure adequate plumbing systems are available: Keep in mind travel distances to toilet facilities when considering locations for outdoor seating and entertainment areas.
  • Ensure maximum safety when considering heating systems: If heating the outdoor space is a consideration, always verify the appropriate system to serve the intended application as outlined in the guidance document.
  • Maintain accessible routes and provide other required accessible features: These features are extremely important and must be provided to serve visitors, guests and staff at any time.

“Throughout the pandemic, outdoor spaces have played a large role in sustaining our economy, especially as many businesses have had to reduce capacity for their indoor locations, and simply because the weather is turning colder does not mean this should stop,” said Stephen Jones, Senior Regional Manager, Government Relations, International Code Council. “However, structures need to continue to be safe and structurally sound, which is where this guide comes into play.”

For the full guide, “Considerations for Converting Outdoor Spaces into Temporary Seating Spaces,” click here. This guide, along with other relevant tools and resources, can be found in the Code Council’s Coronavirus Response Center. Acting as an aggregate information hub, the Coronavirus Response Center ensures building safety professionals are properly equipped with the necessary tools and resources to safely and smartly navigate the pandemic.

Countdown: Two weeks until ICC Learn Live

Washington, D.C. – In less than two weeks, ICC Learn Live, the International Code Council's inaugural virtual education event, will take place. For more information on the November 9-13, 2020 event, ICC Learn Live sessions and registration, click here.

The virtual event will address the most pressing issues and priorities for building safety professionals, such as training the next generation of talent, the impact of COVID-19 on building safety and the economy, adopting virtual capabilities, and an in-depth overview of the upcoming 2021 International Codes (I-Codes). Educational sessions will offer continuing education units (CEUs) to participants who complete them.

Featuring an all-star line-up of speakers, ICC Learn Live will include executives from the Building Officials Institute of New Zealand, the International Accreditation Service (IAS), Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards, and CROSQ. Working hand-in-hand with the Code Council to equip veterans with the tools they need to become experts in the industry, keynote speaker Eric “Doc” Wright, Founder & CEO of Vets2PM, LLC, will discuss his experience as a veteran entering a new career. Following his keynote, a guided virtual networking session will be available for attendees. Listen to the new ICC Pulse Podcast episode featuring Eric “Doc” Wright and Code Council Chief Knowledge Officer Joan O’Neil, here.

“We’re proud to launch our first-ever comprehensive 5-day virtual education event,” stated Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims. “We look forward to providing a forum for leading building industry voices to come together while also educating the next generation of professionals.”

Sponsors for ICC Learn Live include State Farm, Oracle, Insurance Service Office (ISO), America Gas Association (AGA) and iPlanTables and TylerTech. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities and add your company’s name to the list of supporters. Click here for the full list of sponsors.

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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.

Making a Change to Serve You Better

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Making a Change to Serve You Better

COVID-19 has created many challenges. The restrictions on travel, in-person meetings and interactions with others have forced the building safety industry to rethink how we do business.

As a result of the pandemic, earlier this year the International Code Council Board of Directors faced a difficult decision of whether and how to conduct the 2020 Annual Conference and Annual Business Meeting. Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, none of the available options allowed us to plan for a meeting with certainty that it would have complied with the Code Council bylaws and California state law, where the Code Council is currently incorporated. The Board decided to cancel the 2020 meeting, prioritizing the health and well-being of our members, staff and other attendees.

We heard from many of you how important it is that the Code Council be fully prepared to respond in a crisis no matter the circumstances. A thorough research process revealed that the California corporations code does not provide sufficient flexibility for the association to act when needed during an emergency.

After careful consideration, the Board has unanimously determined that it is in the best interests of the Code Council and its members to reincorporate in Delaware. This change in location will not affect any other provisions of the bylaws or current member benefits. It also does not affect our continued plans and commitment to maintaining a significant presence in California including our regional office in Brea.

Today all validated voting members were sent a ballot to vote on this proposal. In order to move forward, at least one hundred voting members must vote, and a majority of the returned ballots must indicate approval. Following approval by the voting members, Code Council staff will take the steps to finalize the change by following necessary statutory requirements.

Please note that only validated voting members are able to vote. If approved, this change will allow us to provide more effective services for all our members, customers and stakeholders. If you have questions or comments, please reach out to memberinput@iccsafe.org.

Thank you for your continued engagement with the Code Council.

Visit our Coronavirus Response Center for information to help you navigate the pandemic.