2021 Sponsors


The International Code Council is grateful for the companies and organizations that are making building safety a priority by sponsoring Building Safety Month.

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship for the 41st Annual Building Safety Month provides unmatched, high profile opportunities to demonstrate your organization's commitment to building safety. Sponsorship will showcase your message and highlight your commitment to individuals and organizations in building code development, catastrophe management, emergency management, fire safety, green and energy construction, home improvement, home inspection, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, recreational safety, standards and testing, and more.

Read the 2021 ICC Visibility Prospectus for all Building Safety Month Sponsorship options. For more information on becoming a sponsor, click here.

Foundation Sponsor

Founded in 1918, the American Gas Association (AGA) represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. Today, more than 68 million residential, commercial and industrial customers across the nation receive their reliable, affordable supplies of natural gas from AGA members—and natural gas meets almost a quarter of America’s energy needs.

Virtual Webinar Sponsor


The American Concrete Institute is a leading authority and resource worldwide for the development, dissemination, and adoption of its consensus-based standards, technical resources, educational & training programs, certification programs, and proven expertise for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction, and materials, who share a commitment to pursuing the best use of concrete. ACI has more than 100 chapters, 240 student chapters, and 30,000 members spanning over 120 countries. ACI’s focus on the development of code requirements and global adoption and use of ACI knowledge, will assist industry professionals globally in the design of concrete structures.

4 Leaf

4LEAF is an engineering corporation headquartered in Pleasanton, CA with offices throughout the United States. We specialize in construction engineering projects providing services to Building, Public Works/Engineering, Planning, and Fire Departments for municipalities. The services we provide include: Construction Management, Engineering/Civil Inspections, Building and Safety, Fire Resiliency, Disaster Recovery, Program Management, and Environmental Consulting. In addition, we provide consulting services to private owners within these same scopes of work.

Theme Week Co-Sponsor

LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – is a powerhouse of workers who build state-of-the-art infrastructure. LIUNA members are a skilled and experienced union workforce trained to work safely in the construction and energy industries. Members build infrastructure – from roads, bridges, and transit to schools and skyscrapers. They are certified to install rainwater catchment systems and trained to build water and sewer systems. Members also work in every area of the energy sector, helping to build solar plants, wind farms, and natural gas and oil pipelines, as well as, being skilled in the maintenance of nuclear and coal power plant facilities.

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is a nonprofit organization made up of the architectural licensing boards of 55 states and territories. While each jurisdiction is responsible for regulating the practice of architecture within its borders, NCARB develops and administers national programs for licensure candidates and architects to ensure they have the mobility to go wherever their career takes them.

NMHC is the place where the leaders of the apartment industry come together to guide their future success. With the industry’s most prominent and creative leaders at the helm, NMHC provides a forum for insight, advocacy and action that enable both members and the communities they build to thrive.

Simpson Strong-Tie is the world leader in structural product solutions–solutions that not only help customers, but help make structures safer and stronger. The company is recognized as the genuine connector brand in the residential construction industry, and also for its ever-expanding offering of shearwalls, moment frames and fasteners. In the last two decades, the company has expanded further with products for infrastructure, commercial and industrial construction, including mechanical anchors, adhesives and products that repair, protect and strengthen concrete and masonry.


American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

National Elevator Industry Inc. (NEII)


National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)

NSF International

Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA)

Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA)

Spatial Data Logic


ASTM International

Johnson & Associates Consulting Services


2021 BSM Campaign Images

Campaign Images

This year we have many options for you to help promote Building Safety Month.

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2021 Building Safety Month – Web Banners

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2021 Building Safety Month – Social Media Images

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1200x630 JPG – Week 1 Theme Digital Card: Good to use for Facebook and Twitter

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2021 Building Safety Month – Video Call Backgrounds

2021 Building Safety Month Kids Corner

Kids Corner

Hi! I’m CODiE. Welcome to Kids Corner. I’m here to help educate you about building safety. Download and complete the exercises in the Activity Book below – ask your parents to review them with you. You can download all the activities at once or one by one, in accordance with Building Safety Month’s weekly themes. Once you’re done, you will have officially completed your training and earned your certificate as a Junior Code Official!

Weekly Activities

Weekly Lesson Plans


2021 Building Safety Month Safety Toolkit

Safety Toolkit

Download free brochures, worksheets and other materials for use in your Building Safety Month outreach.

2021 Building Safety Month News & Events

News and Events

Press Releases

News Coverage


Building Safety Month Week 1 Virtual Event on Energy & Innovation sponsored by AMCA & RESNET

      • Title: “International Energy Conservation Code: 2021 Changes, Getting Involved in the 2024 Process”
      • Date: May 5
      • Time: 3:00 PM EST
      • Register here
      • CEUs: This webinar qualifies for 0.1 CEUs from the International Code Council
      • Speakers:
        • Michael Ivanovich, Sr. Director Global Affairs, AMCA International
        • Ryan Colker, Vice President of Innovation, International Code Council
        • Jerica Stacey, Energy Code Specialist, International Code Council

Building Safety Month Week 2 Virtual Networking Event sponsored by ACI

ICC Sustainability Membership Council Sponsored Events

      • Video series promoting Building Safety Month on social media
      • Free Webinar: “Meet the ICC Membership Councils”

Building Safety Month Week 3 Virtual Event: "Hot" Water Safety

      • Title: "Hot" Water Safety
      • Date: May 19
      • Time: 2:00 PM EST
      • Register here

Women in Standards Sponsored Event

      • Title: “Codes and Standards, How Are They Different and How are Codes Developed?”
      • Date: May 20
      • Time: 3:00 PM EST
      • Presented by: Sara Yerkes, Senior Vice President of Government Relations at the International Code Council
      • Register here.
      • Discount code for ICC Members: 2021ICCMbr

Building Safety Month Week 4 Virtual Event on The Future of Building Codes and Hazard Mitigation sponsored by 4LEAF

      • Title: “The Future of Building Codes and Hazard Mitigation”
      • Date: May 25
      • Time: 2:00 PM EST
      • Register here
      • CEUs: This webinar qualifies for 0.1 CEUs from the International Code Council
      • Speakers:
        • Karl Fippinger, CEM, PMP, Vice President, Government Relations, Fire and Disaster Mitigation, International Code Council
        • Cindy Davis, ICC Vice President, Deputy Director of Building and Fire Regulations, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
        • Eric Letvin, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Mitigation, Federal Emergency Management Agency
        • Edward Laatsch, Chief, Building Science Branch, Federal Emergency Management Agency
        • Daniel Kaniewski, Managing Director, Public Sector, Marsh McLennan

Social Media Campaign 2021

Spread the world about Building Safety Month, the importance of building safety and the role of the code official by engaging with your followers on social media. Make sure to use the official Building Safety Month hashtag #BuildingSafety365 on all your posts.

    1. Join the Twitter #CODEversation. Every week we’ll post a series of questions related to each weekly theme throughout Building Safety Month. We want to hear from you!
    2. How can you join the #CODEversation?
      1. Follow @IntlCodeCouncil on Twitter to get notifications and tweeted questions related to the weekly theme throughout May.
      2. Provide helpful resources while replying to help gain more awareness to the topic being covered in the #CODEversation.
      3. Retweet the #CODEversation tweets to your colleagues and friends to help spread awareness of some of the topics building safety professionals like you are discussing.

Be sure to share any photos, news items or information about your virtual engagement in the Building Safety Month campaign on social media with the hashtag #BuildingSafety365.

2021 Building Safety Month Proclamations

2021 Building Safety Month Proclamations

The International Code Council thanks our chapters and jurisdictions across the nation that proclaim Building Safety Month. Each year, governors, mayors, county executives and other officials sign proclamations, official statements and letters of recognition.

Check out our 2021 Building Safety Month Proclamation Guide for suggestions on how to go about obtaining a proclamation. Details on submitting proclamations follow the map, and include a new option to submit online.

View 2021 Building Safety Month Proclamations by State

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Submitting Proclamations

This year, the Code Council offers an easy option for submitting your proclamation. If you are a chapter and would like to use our template, you can simply click below, fill out the pertinent information needed on our online form, upload your chapter logo or seal, and a downloadable digital copy of your proclamation will be submitted.

If you are a jurisdiction or other entity and would like to submit a proclamation with your own wording, you can upload the document to our website directly by using the same form (see header that says, "Upload or Generate a Proclamation"). We invite you to upload a clear photo from the proclamation signing ceremony as well (see header that says, "Ceremony Image").

If you prefer, you still have the option of sending a copy of your jurisdiction's proclamation by email.

2021 Building Safety Month Campaign Toolkit

Campaign Toolkit

Educate your community. Use the Code Council's campaign toolkit to put together news releases, advertising, and posts for your own social media campaign.

Updated files will be posted once available.

Are you a Code Council member? Click here for member-only resources.
Not a member? Join now.

Week TWO // May 2021

Building Safety Month: Week Four

Training the Next Generation

WEEK TWO // May 10–16, 2021

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Building Safety Month: Week Four

Training the Next Generation

WEEK TWO // May 10–16, 2021

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Importance of Training and Professional Development

Well-trained, motivated building safety professionals are key to creating and maintaining a successful built environment. Training is important because it helps code officials avoid mistakes and accidents and properly enforce the code. The building safety field encompasses a wide gamut of specialties and offers many excellent career opportunities that contribute to the safety of the built environment. Here are just a sampling:

  • A building inspector inspects structures to determine compliance with the various building codes and standards adopted by the jurisdiction.
  • A building official manages the development, administration, interpretation, application and enforcement of the codes adopted by their jurisdiction.
  • A special inspector provides a specialized inspection of structural material fabrication and placement, such as poured concrete, structural steel installation and fasteners, etc.
  • permit technician assists in the issuance of construction and development permits to ensure compliance with the provisions of a jurisdiction’s adopted regulations and codes.
  • fire marshal develops and delivers fire prevention and implements public fire safety programs that provide for inspections of occupancies for life safety and fire issues in accordance with codes and standards adopted by their jurisdiction.
  • A plumbing inspector inspects the installation, maintenance and alteration of plumbing systems complete with their fixtures, equipment, accessories, and appliances.

Visit the Code Council’s Learning Center to learn more about available training options.

Building Careers for Today’s Generation

Safety 2.0Download pdf or jpg.The building industry will experience a loss of 80 percent of the existing skilled workforce over a 15 year period, according to a survey conducted by the National Institute of Building Sciences in 2014. In fact, the entire building industry, including code officials, is looking at a severe workforce shortage of qualified candidates. This is a tremendous opportunity for job seekers!

The Code Council has developed Safety 2.0 to welcome a new generation of members and leaders to the building safety profession. Programs include our Technical Training Program and our Military Families Career Path Program — which promotes building safety careers for military personnel after service. If you’re a student or professional looking for a new career, check out the Building Safety Career Path.

Mutual Aid

The Disaster Response Alliance’s mission is to assist local, state and federal entities with easy access to a single, national database of skilled volunteers willing to assist with response and recovery activities, including post-disaster safety assessments, building damage assessments, inspections and other code-related functions in the aftermath of a disaster.

FEMA's annual Mutual Aid for Building Department (MABD) regional fact sheets provide an overview of mutual aid laws and regulations in each state or territory, for response teams to assist with building code safety and enforcement after disasters. FEMA funding is available to reimburse costs associated with post-disaster mutual aid.

Additional Information and Resources

Week THREE // May 2021

Building Safety Month: Week Two

Water Safety

WEEK THREE // May 17–23, 2021

Building Safety Month: Week Three

Water Safety

WEEK THREE // May 17–23, 2021

Clean water is the world’s most precious commodity. According to World Health Organization estimates as of June 2019, 785 million people lacked even a basic drinking-water service, including 144 million people who are dependent on surface water. Building, plumbing and green codes help guard it for future generations through proper construction, conservation and safe disposal.Code officials are vigilant protectors of our water supply. Because of their dedicated service, you can turn on the tap in your home and draw sufficient, clean water. They take nothing for granted, so you can.

As a homeowner or renter, you need to pay attention to the water supply to your home even if your community offers water and sewage treatment. If there are faulty or no backflow protectors in your home, cross-contamination can happen even while residents are filling their backyard swimming pools, drawing some of the pool’s chlorine into the home.


In Episode Seven of the ICC Pulse Podcast, former Code Council Senior Director of PMG Resources Lee Clifton speaks with backflow prevention specialist Bruce Rathburn about plumbing cross-connection control programs. Rathburn is the past president of his local chapter of the American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA) and the immediate past president of ABPA International. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Water Efficiency

Water conservation and efficiency has become increasingly important in recent years due to water scarcity, droughts and water contamination in many areas of the world.

The Code Council and the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) partnered on a water ratings standard, known as HERSH20, that builders can use in the U.S. to evaluate and market a home’s water usage efficiency. Real estate agents are beginning to take notice of the value of such water efficiency ratings, not just in California, but in other areas where potable water may be a concern.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense Program is a major water efficiency initiative based in the U.S. This important initiative was developed to help consumers identify water efficient products that meet EPA’s criteria for efficiency and performance. Since its creation in 2006 through the end of 2018, WaterSense has helped Americans save a cumulative 3.4 trillion gallons of water and more than $84.2 billion in water and energy bills, according to the EPA.  Additionally, the use of WaterSense labeled products saved 462.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.  ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), a member of the Code Council’s family of solutions and an industry leader in technical evaluations of building products, is an EPA-licensed certifier. To learn more about ICC-ES WaterSense Programs, click here.

Swimming Pool and Backyard Safety

During warm weather seasons, homeowners and renters should take the time to check their outdoor areas for potential safety hazards. Proper inspections now can help to keep your family and friends safe in the future.

Nationally, drowning is a leading cause of death for children under the age of five. Practice constant, adult supervision around any body of water, including pools and spas. And, if you're considering a swimming pool purchase, contact your local Building Department first to determine exactly what permits are needed and what requirements you must follow.

The Code Council supports drowning prevention and has a close partnership with the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.

Pool Safely is a national public education campaign that works with partners around the country, including the Code Council, to reduce child drownings and entrapments in swimming pools and spas. Take the pledge and get a free pool safety kit.

The Code Council provides building safety solutions, technical resources, product certification and training for plumbing and swimming pool professionals – part of what is known as our PMG program. The acronym PMG refers to model codes, standards, services and resources related to plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas and swimming pools. Learn more about our PMG program.

Additional Information and Resources

ARTICLE   Facilities.net: Water Conservation and Restroom Design

INFO   Just the Facts: Legionella and Water Supply Systems

FACT SHEET  How to make your water safer to drink

PUBLICATION   FEMA P-348, Protecting Building Utility Systems from Flood Damage

FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program Available to Water and Wastewater Utilities