Hurricane Laura

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Hurricane Laura

On Thursday, August 27, Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana as a high Category 4 hurricane bringing maximum sustained winds of 150 mph or more. Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected, particularly those building safety professionals in Louisiana and other affected states. With damage assessments from the storm just getting underway, much of what we will learn about impacts will emerge in the days to follow. As more information about the hurricane unfolds, we are here to help provide the support and resources you need to recover as quickly as possible.

The Code Council is keeping a close watch on developments. Ensuring safe and healthy homes and buildings as the foundation of community recovery is one of the most important jobs of building professionals. You play an integral role in preparing communities for natural disasters and in helping your communities get back on their feet after a devastating event. For those in the path of Laura, the Code Council and your fellow members from around the country stand ready to support you and your communities when needed.

Visit our hurricane safety and information webpage for resources that help people prepare for, and deal with, these devastating storms.

Click here to download the PDF of the Code Council's Hurricane Preparedness Guide.

If you are interested in adding your name to the Code Council's Disaster Response Alliance volunteer system to help communities after a major disaster, please register here. You can also find information on the DRA website to request assistance with post-disaster assessments if needed.

The Code Council encourages you to share this information directly with your chapters and local authority having jurisdiction as well as your professional networks.

Code Council Bylaws Committee Update

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Code Council Bylaws Committee Update

The International Code Council Bylaws serve as the primary governing document of the association. The Code Council Bylaws Committee was established to evaluate proposed bylaw amendments, provide input and propose additional related actions to the Code Council Board of Directors (See Council Policy 43-08.)

Recently, Code Council President Greg Wheeler appointed the committee that will conduct the first major review of the bylaws since their creation. The Code Council Board and Chief Executive Officer feel that a comprehensive look at the bylaws is important given the growth of the organization, the Code Council's 2025 strategic plan, and the changing world around us.

The following individuals have been appointed to serve on the committee:

Additionally, President Wheeler appointed the following three ex officio, non-voting members from the Emerging Leaders Membership Council to serve on the committee:

  • Elizabeth Arrington – Kentucky
  • Andre Jaen – Colorado
  • Benjamin Breadmore – Maine

President Wheeler has charged the Committee with evaluating potential amendments that would address natural or man-made emergencies or disasters, and with considering other potential revisions that the Committee determines to be prudent and in the best interests of the organization.

The next Bylaws Committee meeting is scheduled for September 1, 2020. The Committee will continue its work through a series of meetings throughout the fall and will develop a detailed report for the Code Council Board to consider in December 2020.

Member engagement will be critical to the Committee’s work. Please submit your feedback and comments related to the bylaws to memberinput@iccsafe.org.

Bylaws Committee

Code Council Bylaws Committee

The International Code Council Bylaws serve as the primary governing document of the association. The Code Council Bylaws Committee was established to evaluate proposed bylaw amendments, provide input and propose additional related actions to the Code Council Board of Directors (See Council Policy 43-08.)

Recently, Code Council President Greg Wheeler appointed the committee that will conduct the first major review of the bylaws since their creation. The Code Council Board and Chief Executive Officer feel that a comprehensive look at the bylaws is important given the growth of the organization, the Code Council's 2025 strategic plan, and the changing world around us.

Bylaws Committee Members

Jim H. Brown
CBO, CFPS
Chair

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David Spencer
CBO

Vice Chair
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William Bryant
MCP, CBO
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Alan Boswell
MCP,  CBO
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Ron Hampton
MCP, CBO
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Additionally, President Wheeler appointed the following three ex officio, non-voting members from the Emerging Leaders Membership Council to serve on the committee:

  • Elizabeth Arrington – Kentucky
  • Andre Jaen – Colorado
  • Benjamin Breadmore – Maine

President Wheeler has charged the Committee with evaluating potential amendments that would address natural or man-made emergencies or disasters, and with considering other potential revisions that the Committee determines to be prudent and in the best interests of the organization.

The next Bylaws Committee meeting is scheduled for September 1, 2020. The Committee will continue its work through a series of meetings throughout the fall and will develop a detailed report for the Code Council Board to consider in December 2020.

Member engagement will be critical to the Committee’s work. Please submit your feedback and comments related to the bylaws to memberinput@iccsafe.org

ICC Pulse: Appeal hearings date change

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Appeal hearings date change

As announced in the Notice of Appeal Hearings, the appeals for the 2019 Group B Code Cycle were split into five groups since a significant amount of crossover was identified between some of the appeals. After receiving a request by the affected appellants for the fourth and fifth appeal hearings – Leading Builders of America and the National Association of Home Builders – the Appeals Board approved the merger of the hearings originally scheduled on September 10 and 14. The resulting appeal hearing will take place on September 14, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. CT. The hearing will include the following appeal basis as noted in the Notice of Appeal Hearings:

  • Impact of online voting (CP 28)
  • Cost impact
  • Voting guides
  • Voter eligibility
  • Validation process

The new deadline for written comments and participation for this hearing is Monday, August 31. Submit written comments and requests to participate to Mike Pfeiffer at mpfeiffer@iccsafe.org.

Note: This is the only change to the appeal hearings schedule. The hearings for federal preemption (August 31) and scope and intent (September 3) remain unchanged. Registration links for the view only YouTube live stream of the hearings are available here.

As advised in previous notices, those interested in participating during the hearings are strongly encouraged to use the presentation template linked below. The template ensures the quality and formatting of the presentation follows the recommended presentation guidelines. All presentations will be posted to the Code Council appeals webpage as they were submitted, without edits. Only Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt) files will be accepted. Presentations are due Tuesday, September 8, by close of business

International Code Council releases recommended practices for remote virtual inspections

Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council recently published “Recommended Practices for Remote Virtual Inspections,” a guideline document that governmental jurisdictions should consider for an effective and consistent remote virtual inspections program. The publication is based on study, research and discussions from the Code Council’s membership, (including responses to an earlier Code Council survey of U.S. code officials on COVID-19 response), partners and industry experts.

Remote virtual inspections use visual or electronic aids that allow inspectors to observe specific construction projects, products or materials from a distance. These remote inspections are beneficial when the materials or buildings are inaccessible, in dangerous environments, or in other circumstances, prevent an in-person inspection. Given the challenges and limited financial resources available for building departments as cited in the Code Council’s ongoing survey of U.S. code officials response to the pandemic, the implementation of remote virtual inspections can also save jurisdictions time and money as there is no longer a need for inspectors to travel to and from sites.

A clear understanding of the requirements for remote inspections and regular communication throughout the process by all parties involved is paramount to a successful inspection. Best practices that encompass scheduling, customer preparation, jobsite identification, results and record maintenance are laid out in step-by-step format within the publication.

“With a properly implemented remote virtual inspections program, building safety professionals can overcome the variety of challenges brought on by the pandemic and continue providing services to keep buildings safe and resilient,” said Code Council CEO Dominic Sims, CBO. “While this practice has popularized in the midst of COVID-19 social distancing, remote virtual inspections are likely to become a routine tool for the future.”

The Code Council welcomes comments and feedback to improve future editions of the remote virtual inspections publication. Submit feedback at www.iccsafe.org/RVI.

In addition, the Code Council’s Community Development Solutions (CDS) will soon offer remote virtual inspection services. CDS offers software solutions that allow building departments and code enforcement officers to streamline and track information associated with the inspection and compliance process.

For more information, check out these resources:

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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.

Remote Virtual Inspections (RVI)

Remote Virtual Inspections

Remote Virtual Inspections (RVI) are a method of inspection that allows the needed inspections to proceed in a timely manner by the owner or contractor located on the jobsite and the inspector or inspection teams performing the inspection remotely. While this practice gained good acceptance and implementation during the weeks and months of COVID-19 social distancing, its advantages are so great that it will likely become a popular and routine tool for the foreseeable future.

For more information, read the Code Council's "Recommended Practices for Remote Virtual Inspections (RVI)" Available for free download or purchase print copies via the ICC Store.

 

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2019 Group B Code Cycle: Notice of Appeals

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2019 Group B Code Cycle: Notice of Appeals

Today the International Code Council posted the official Notice of Appeals. We received six appeals on the 2019 Group B Final Action results from the following organizations/individuals:

  • American Gas Association and American Public Gas Association
  • Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute
  • Leading Builders of America
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Jake Pauls, BArch, CPE, HonDSc (2 appeals)
Visit the Code Council Appeals webpage for all documents related to the appeals.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Pfeiffer, P.E., Senior Vice President of Technical Services, at mpfeiffer@iccsafe.org.