International Code Council Supports Historic Federal Investment in Resilient Building Codes

Washington, DC – On October 12, 2023, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released its Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for its Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) pre-disaster mitigation grant program. In a significant departure from earlier BRIC cycles, this upcoming cycle will apportion more than ten percent of available funding specifically for code-related projects, with $137 million dollars of the $1 billion total allocation set aside. For comparison, of the awards made during the first three BRIC cycles (FY20, FY 21, and FY22), only $7.8 million dollars were spread across 40 coderelated awards. Prior BRIC code project awards supported the adoption of the 2021 International Codes® (I-Codes), training, building department accreditation, and digital solutions to improve building department services.

Today’s announcement represents a revolutionary shift in FEMA’s commitment to helping state, local, tribal, and territorial governments adopt, implement, and enforce hazard resistant codes. FEMA’s approach aligns with recommendations in bipartisan legislation that previously cleared the U.S House 383 to 41.

While FEMA has long recognized the importance of building codes, the agency has put added emphasis on their importance given repeated research demonstrating building codes’ outsized role in community resilience as the U.S. has experienced more severe and more expensive disasters in recent years. In 2019, FEMA released its seminal Building Codes Save: A Nationwide Study of Loss Prevention, which found that up to date building codes could save the nation $600 billion in losses avoided from earthquake, hurricane, and flood hazards. In 2022, the White House announced the National Initiative to Advance Building Codes (NIABC) and tapped FEMA to lead the effort.

The significant investment in codes in the upcoming BRIC cycle demonstrates how the NIABC is driving tangible changes through federal assistance with the greatest possible return on investment. The National Institute of Building Science (NIBS) has consistently found that modern codes provide an outsized benefit—$11 in mitigation savings for every $1 invested— compared to brick and mortar mitigation projects.

“The Code Council applauds FEMA’s historic investment in resilient building codes,” said Code Council CEO, Dominic Sims, CBO. The adoption and effective implementation of hazardresistant codes is the most impactful mitigation measure. These resources will ensure that communities across the U.S. can bring these strategies to bear, protecting countless residents from ever-increasing hazard risk. The Code Council stands ready to support communities in leveraging this unprecedented level of funding.”

For information on building code specific opportunities and how the Code Council can assist communities seeking to apply for BRIC funding visit iccsafe.org/bric.  

Visit the Code Council’s Federal Grants webpage for additional support and information for building safety professionals.   

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International Code Council Honors Building Safety Professionals with 2023 Awards

St. Louis, MO. – During its 2023 Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, the International Code Council recognized individuals and organizations within the building safety industry who continuously go above and beyond in their respective roles. 

The Code Council honors the following individuals and organizations: 

The Bobby J. Fowler Award honors the legacy of the organization’s first chair of the Board of Directors. The award is presented to a leader who demonstrates compassion, professionalism and integrity in their duties. James (Jimmy) Brothers, Past President of the Code Council Board of Directors and retired Building Official for the City of Decatur, Alabama, was presented with this year’s Fowler Award. 

The Chapter of the Year Award is presented to a chapter that best promotes the goals and mission of the Code Council. This year’s winner is the Building Inspectors Association of Nassau County.  

The Chapter Merit Award is dedicated to chapters exhibiting the Code Council’s goals and objectives. This year’s award went to the ICC Midwest Region V.  

The Community Service Award is given to those with outstanding service and promotes the public health, safety, and welfare of their local community. This year’s recipient is the City of St. Cloud Health & Inspections Department.  

The Educator of the Year Award acknowledges excellence in promoting professional development and is given in memory of Brent Snyder, a renowned Code Council educator, and past presiding officer, who was known for his calm and inspiring leadership qualities. Rob Neale, Owner and Principal of Integra Code Consultants, was named the 2023 Educator of the Year. 

The Excellence in Public Safety Award recognizes a member who has shown exceptional integrity, professionalism and dedication to public service. This year’s winner is Charles Simpson, Code Enforcement Officer of Killeen, Texas.  

The Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year Award is given to an individual who has helped promote the code enforcement profession and carries out the Code Council’s mission. Presented in honor of the founders of the three model code organizations, this year’s winner of the Code Official of the Year is Raj Patel, President of JAS Pacific Inc. 

The Global Award acknowledges distinguished service to the Code Council’s global mission and vision. The 2023 recipient is the Pakistan Engineering Council. 

The National Leadership in Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Award recognizes contributions to the growth and enhancement of codes or public policy related to sustainability and energy efficiency. The winner of the 2023 Leadership in Sustainability Award is Gayathri Vijayakumar, Principal Mechanical Engineer at Steven Winter Associates.  

The PMG Leadership Award is given to an individual or organization for exceptional service to the plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, and swimming pool/spa (PMG) industry. This year’s recipient is Lee Clifton, Former Principal Inspector for the City of Los Angeles. 

The Raising the Profile Award recognizes acts or contributions that raise public awareness of accomplishments by code personnel that improve public safety in the built environment. Dan Carlson, Building Official from Wilsonville, Oregon and Adjunct Professor at Chemeketa Community College BIT Program, was presented with this year’s award. 

The Regions Spotlight Award is presented to a regional chapter that has demonstrated strong cooperation among the chapters that make up the region, advancement of professionalism among its members, strong community service, and growth in membership. This year’s recipient is Region I of the International Code Council, highlighting the contributions of Tim Spears through Region I Radio. 

The Robert W. Gain Fire Prevention Leadership Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and longstanding dedication to the support of fire codes and fire prevention. Greg Rogers, Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal for the Spokane Valley Fire Department, is the 2023 recipient. 

The Trailblazer Award recognizes an outstanding mentor in the building safety industry who guides and inspires others in their code-related careers. This year’s award is presented to Silvia Gonzalez of the Twin Cities. 

The W. Scott Copp Chapter Leadership Award recognizes a chapter or individual that champions the Code Council mission and inspires others to become Code Council leaders. This is the inaugural year for this prestigious award, which honors the memory of Scott Copp, a true leader who dedicated his career to advancing building safety at the local, state, regional, and national levels. This year’s award is presented to the Oregon Permit Technicians Association. 

“The Code Council would like to thank all of our members and organizations for their hard work and dedication to improving our organization and the safety, resiliency and sustainability of our communities,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “Congratulations to our 2023 award winners for their incredible achievements and well-deserved recognition.” 

For more information on the Code Council Awards Program, 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. 

Highlights and Announcements from the Code Council’s 2023 Annual Conference

St. Louis, MO – The International Code Council’s Annual Conference concluded today at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Conference highlights included an Emmy-nominated keynote speaker, the unveiling of new technology available to building safety professionals and a newly elected Board of Directors.  

The Opening Session, which took place on Monday, October 9, featured keynote speaker, Tamara Robertson, Emmy-nominated producer and star of the MythBusters television series, who spoke to attendees about the importance of mentoring the next generation of building safety professionals.  

The Opening Session was followed by the Annual Business Meeting, during which Code Council CEO Dominic Sims, CBO, provided updates on the development of several new building safety standards, the creation of new digital solutions to better serve building safety professionals in the field, and the Code Council’s industry-leading professional training and development programs. Code Council senior leaders covered the enhancements made to the long-term code development process.  

During the Annual Business Meeting, Code Council members elected new officers and directors to the 2023-2024 Board of Directors.   

The conference included building tours, volunteer opportunities, educational sessions and a luncheon honoring the Code Council’s 2023 award winners.  

The Code Council also announced two new code intelligence tools: ICC AI Navigator and ICC Premium Answers, signifying a major milestone in the Code Council’s Digital Transformation Strategy. ICC Premium Answers provides access to a searchable questions-and-answers database on practical code compliance applications, along with interpretations and opinions from Code Council experts. The AI Navigator helps users find content within the I-Codes by answering simple questions. Conference attendees had the opportunity to test out these new artificial intelligence features in a game of “Stump the Bot.”  

The 2023 Annual Conference would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors. Join the Code Council next year in Long Beach, California for the 2024 Annual Conference.  

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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. 

The International Code Council Collaborates with The Tiny Home Industry Association to Address Tiny Home Construction and Safety

Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council, in collaboration with the Tiny Home Industry Association (THIA), recently published The Tiny House – Building it Right: From the Publisher of the Building Codes guide. The illustrated guide covers the proper construction of tiny homes including movable tiny homes (MTHs). 

The Tiny House – Building it Right guide focuses on the planning, design, permitting, construction and inspection of tiny houses. Code section references are provided throughout. The guide also covers the various types of tiny houses and familiarizes builders of tiny houses with the requirements contained in the International Residential Code® (IRC®).  

“This guide is a helpful resource for the increasingly popular tiny home industry,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “By following this guide, we can help ensure the safety of residents of tiny houses and support multiple housing options that are safe, sustainable and affordable.”  

The author of the guide, Steve Van Note, has had a lengthy career in the building construction and safety industry before retiring from the Code Council. His years of experience as a building contractor, building inspector, building official and as the Code Council’s residential code expert have made him an authority on tiny house construction.  

“THIA recommends this book as an essential companion to the 2021 International Residential Code®, providing a comprehensive and user-friendly guide for anyone involved in the design, construction or inspection of tiny houses,” said THIA CEO and Chairman Brad Wiseman.  

The guide joins a growing suite of jointly-developed resources from the Code Council and THIA including the 2021 International Tiny House Provisions, Navigating Certification and Regulation for Tiny Houses and Model Tiny House Legislation. The organizations are also co-sponsoring development of ICC/THIA Standard 1215 – Design, Construction, Inspection and Regulation of Tiny Houses for Permanent Occupancy. ICC/THIA Standard 1215 will complement existing tiny house resources developed by the Code Council, with the criteria allowing for easy adoption of the standard internationally and in jurisdictions that do not use the IRC® as its base code. 

The guide is now available in multiple formats, including a compact print edition and PDF download, and will be available on Digital Codes Premium® soon. The guide is available for purchase here. Learn more about the Code Council’s tiny house resources 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. 

About the Tiny Home Industry Association 

The Tiny Home Industry Association is a nonprofit trade organization on a mission to advocate for regulation changes, develop industry best practices and construction standards, all to increase widespread use of tiny homes as permissible and permanent housing.