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Immediate Past President Adolf Zubia swore in the new officers and directors of the International Code Council Board during Wednesday night’s Annual Banquet at the 2010 ICC Annual Conference in Charlotte.
Sworn in officers and directors are: James L. Brothers, President; William D. Dupler, Vice President; Ron Piester, Secretary/Treasurer; and Directors Dwayne Garriss, John Leyden, Alex Olszowy; Stephen D. Jones, Guy Tomberlin and Jeff Whitney were re-elected.
Following the inductions, Brothers urged the members of the organization to “Go Deep” in the coming year. “The Board is going to go deep on a lot of matters, be out there to catch it. And if there is something we need to catch, throw it us.”
Terrence L. Cobb, Director of the Department of Codes and Building Safety for Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn., was presented the prestigious Bobby J. Fowler Award during the Annual Banquet of the 2010 ICC Annual Conference in Charlotte. The Fowler Award, which honors the memory of the first chairman of the Code Council Board of Directors, is given to an individual whose contributions to the building safety and fire prevention industry advance the Council’s goals in achieving a safer and sustainable built environment. Particular emphasis is placed on the recipient’s focus beyond local or regional concerns to issues and activities that span the globe.
“Bob Fowler was really the driving force that brought us together,” Cobb said of the 2003 Code Council consolidation. “I’d like to thank each of you in this industry — this very special, underappreciated industry. (Former ICC CEO) Bill Tangye once said, ‘Protecting the safety of the public in the built environment is the highest form of public service.’ I believe that and I know that you believe it, as well.”
Cobb, the recipient of several prestigious honors including being named Code Official of the Year by the Tennessee Building Officials Association (TBOA) and the ICC Region XIII Chapters, is a member of the Building Industry of Tennessee Hall of Fame. He is a Past President of TBOA and served on the Code Council and Southern Building Code Congress International Boards of Directors.
“It has been my privilege to serve with Terry during his tenure on the ICC Board of Directors, and to know him as a peer and friend for many years,” said ICC Board of Directors President Ron Lynn.
Cobb, a Certified Building Official, was the first chairman of the International Residential Code Drafting Committee and has served as a Code Development Hearing Moderator. As president of the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee, he led a team that set a Guinness world record for the fastest residential home built—five hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds—that was donated to the Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity. Cobb also hosts an annual golf tournament for charities that serve children with disabilities.
Jay Elbettar, Building Director for the city of Newport Beach, Calif., was presented the Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year Award during Wednesday’s Awards Luncheon at the 2010 ICC Annual Conference in Charlotte. The Code Official of the Year Award is presented to an individual whose contribution to the code enforcement profession is meritorious. The individual must demonstrate professional abilities and be recognized as an example for all members of the code enforcement profession.
Elbettar was among the first in the state of California to become a Certified Accessibility Specialist. He is a Certified Building Official, a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Green Building Professional, and worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the construction of a space shuttle complex. Elbettar serves on the Code Council Board for International Professional Standards and is a Past President of the California Building Officials chapter.
“When individuals buy a home, they can’t see the foundation, nor can they see the plumbing or electrical or the nails in the walls,” Elbettar told luncheon attendees. “They rely on all of us to make sure they are buying a safe building. They expect to live, work and play in their built environment safely because of all of you.
“Your work is in prevention and is therefore immeasurable,” Elbettar continued. “You do it every day and mostly without appreciation. Nevertheless, let’s remind ourselves of how much we impact peoples’ lives, and how many we save in building safety. So thank you very much for this honor, but also pat yourself on the back for what you do every day.”
The Code Official of the Year Award was renamed in honor of retired code official and engineer Gerald H. Jones, who was instrumental in creating the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) at the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), chairing both the NIBS and BSSC Boards, and serving on the NIBS Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council. Jones served for many years as the Building Codes Administrator of Kansas City, Mo., and at Overland Park, Kan.
“Over 40-plus years in this profession, I was privileged to work with many giants,” Jones told attendees. “You’ve heard many of their names before, and I am truly humbled and honored to be included.”
Cleveland Fire Department Battalion Chief and International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) advocate Sean DeCrane was the recipient of the International Code Council Fire Service Award during Wednesday’s Awards Luncheon at the 2010 ICC Annual Conference in Charlotte. The Fire Service Award is bestowed to an individual for service, professional abilities and leadership that are exemplary in the development of the International Fire Code, and one who has served as an example to all fire prevention and fire protection professionals.
DeCrane was recognized for his efforts to increase the awareness and importance of codes to firefighter safety, and for his leadership of Vision 20/20 Strategy Five—an effort to develop a national strategic agenda for fire loss focused on firefighter involvement in code development.
“I am just a small part of the group that is involved here, and I think everyone in this room does not get involved in this arena to receive an award,” DeCrane told attendees. “But to be honored by your peers and colleagues truly is an honor.”
DeCrane represents the IAFF at the national level focusing on a number of code-related subjects, and has written numerous published articles and teaches classes about fire and building codes as they relate to firefighter safety.
“We have our day jobs that we go through every day, and yet we find time—many times it’s our own time and our own expenses—to be here, to be involved, to ensure that our members are protected, not just the firefighters that enter the buildings, but the public that we serve, so they can work and live in a safe environment,” DeCrane continued. “I look forward to and I cherish the relationships we have established over the last six or seven years—relationships with the building code officials, relationships with my fellow fire service representatives, and also the relationships with the industry representatives that are working so hard. Thank you.”
The Code Council Community Service Award, which recognizes meritorious service that promotes public health, safety and welfare above and beyond normal expectations, was presented to the Fort Smith, Ark., Development Services Department during Wednesday’s Awards Luncheon at the 2010 Annual Conference in Charlotte.
Fort Smith was honored for its efforts to educate citizens about the importance of building safety and developing partnerships through a Good Neighbors program to assist property owners. The department works with the local homebuilders association to distribute brochures and information about building, tornado and fire safety, developed a public service video to highlight common code violations, and provides public education through the city’s Citizens Academy. This year, the department’s Good Neighbors program brought 350 young people to the city to upgrade 30 properties.
Fort Smith Director Wally Bailey said the success of the programs is due to the efforts of the 30 staff members of the Development Services Department. “These individuals find ways to get their jobs done while not only being good citizens of Fort Smith, but being good citizens around the world,” Bailey said. “I hope you would agree with me and our mayor, Mayor Ray Baker, who likes to say, ‘These individuals make life worth living in Fort Smith, Ark.”
William E. Koffel, President of Koffel Associates, was the recipient of the Code Council Affiliate Award, which is given in honor of John Fies, Wilbur H. Lind and Alton Riddick, who demonstrated unselfish service to the original model code organizations. Koffel has been active in the Council’s code development process and is known for his role in developing drafts of the International Building Code and International Fire Code. Koffel, a fire protection engineer who started his own firm 25 years ago, is a Past President and Fellow of the Society of Fire Prevention Engineers and is recognized globally in the field of fire protection.
“I’m truly humbled to be listed with the previous recipients of this award, many of which, for 30 years now, I’ve been watching and learning from,” Koffel said. “I see participation in the code development process as an education activity. I’ve learned a lot from it, and I think that enables us to better serve our clients; and secondly, hopefully, we’re providing information to you, the voting members, so that you can make better informed decisions when you cast your votes on the various code changes before you.”
The Educator of the Year Award was presented to John Gibson, a full-time instructor and technical advisor for the Code Council, an online instructor for Red Rocks Community College, and a teacher at the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy. Gibson, who holds 40 professional certifications, previously was the Director of the Department of Permits and Inspections for Frederick County, Maryland, and is an honorary member of the Code Council and the Maryland Building Officials Association. The Educator of the Year Award is given in memory of Brent Snyder.
“Everyone who has been an instructor can probably identify with where I’m coming from,” Gibson told attendees. “Number one, you’ve got a semi-captive audience. Number two, you’re given a microphone. And then what happens? You’re told you only have a minute—I can’t tell one of my good stories in a minute, as most of you know!”
Gibson thanked the multiple facets of his “ICC Family” for their support that leads to the development of education sessions, as well as the code officials who attend. In conclusion, he offered his favorite Irish toast: “To us, may the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends gathered below never fall out.”
The Southern Nevada Chapter of the International Code Council was presented the Chapter of the Year Award during Wednesday’s Awards Luncheon at the 2010 ICC Annual Conference in Charlotte. To earn this designation, a chapter must demonstrate a high degree of professionalism in promoting the vision, mission and goals of the Code Council.
The Southern Nevada Chapter undertook a program to reduce the high number of child drowning deaths in swimming pools. Results of the initiative included the drafting of the Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Act, which if enacted by the state legislature would make Nevada eligible for federal funding through the Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, and the Toddler Swim Lesson Grant program that awarded $12,000 to parks and recreation departments in Southern Nevada jurisdictions to provide free swimming lessons.
“The work the chapter accomplished this year would not have been possible without the outstanding support we received from the Southern Nevada building officials,” said Southern Nevada President Neil A. Burning. “I would also like to thank our board members and each one of our community volunteers for their outstanding leadership and dedication in the community. We also are very proud of our efforts to increase the awareness of the vital public safety role all code officials play in the built environment.”
Chapter Merit Awards were presented to the Cumberland Region Codes Association in Tennessee, the Laney College Chapter, the Sacramento Valley Association of Building Officials, and the Virginia Building Code Officials Association. Merit Awards are presented to chapters that distinguish themselves through activities that demonstrate the goals and objectives of the Code Council.
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An open discussion was held about ICC’s Training and Certification offerings on Monday during ICC’s 2010 Annual Conference. Executive Director of Education and Certification David Dufresne has spent a lot of time on formal and informal outreach in the five plus months he has been on staff listening to the various stakeholders – members, instructors – both in-house and contract, board members, etc., asking for the good, the bad and the ugly in terms of what is and what is not working ICC’s training and certification area.
“The feedback I’ve received has ranged from, ‘Don’t change anything. It’s perfect,’ to ‘Blow it up and start over again,’ to everything in between,” Dufresne said.
But in spite of the wide variety of feedback, some common themes and trends emerged that Dufresne threw out for discussion among the attendees of the session:
The plan to address these issues is evolving along four different tracks:
Feedback from the session included comments that the cost of using ICC instructors is very high compared to other training options, that the focus of courses focused on training on codes, not so much on enforcement, that courses need to be more interactive and practical – perhaps going to a site and examining code violations in real life, better access to training option on the ICC, the need for a process for deciding on new class offerings (for occasions other than when a new code or revisions are enacted).
It was also noted that training on the code development process itself would be helpful, that some members are intimidated by the process and are therefore hesitant to participate in the process.
It was also noted by those in attendance that ICC has responded to feedback in the past, which is why Dufresne was hired. And that staff members in the training and certification department have been very responsive and helpful.
Renovation expert Mike Holmes of Holmes on Holmes, who the International Code Council Foundation (ICCF) designated as an Honorary Code Leader for bringing the message of “Build It Right” and “Make It Right” to the construction industry, told 2010 Annual Conference delegates that they shouldn’t settle for minimum construction standards in new and existing buildings.
“You need to be the guys that don’t settle for minimum codes and say, ‘We can do this better,’” said Holmes during an exclusive video that was shown during the ICCF Luncheon. “The truth is if we all stay together as a team, codes will progress and move in the right direction. That’s essential not only for code officials but for the public. That makes sense to me.”
Holmes believes in doing a job right the first time and is making it his mission to expose poor, substandard workmanship in the building industry with his internationally successful show Holmes on Homes. “Mike sends a powerful message to the trades,” said Code Council CEO Rick Weiland in announcing Holmes’ designation as an Honorary Code Leader. “We are grateful for his support and look forward to working with him to create safer homes.”
Also during the luncheon, Bruce McCullen outlined the Foundation’s 2010 activities in three key areas:
Jack Armstrong, Construction Markets Leader for BASF The Chemical Company, which was the Millennium Presenting Sponsor of BSM 2010, presented on emerging trends in the green and sustainable construction market.
Despite challenging economic times, Board of Directors President Ron Lynn told conference delegates that the International Code Council continues to make progress and remain true to the organization’s mission: To provide the highest quality codes, standards, products and services for all concerned with the safety and performance of the built environment.
“It has been a challenging year,” Lynn said during the conference’s Opening Session. “All of us continue to make tough decisions, but together we have made much progress despite the economy.”
Looking to the future, Lynn said member and stakeholder support and feedback will be crucial to the success of the organization. “The staff and Board of Directors are not alone in solving the matters that will ensure the future of the Code Council,” he said. “All of our members and stakeholders have an opportunity to weigh in by offering feedback on the Code Council’s Strategic Plan: ‘Blueprint to 2015.’”
In 2005, the “Blueprint to the Future” plan was used to guide the Code Council through its early years as an organization. “Blueprint to 2015” will serve as the mission document that will keep the organization focused on its members and mission.
“Through drafting a new Blueprint, we invite a review of how the Code Council’s current status and capabilities can be best positioned toward a five-year strategic plan through 2015,” Lynn said. “Accordingly, if you have not already done so, we would appreciate your comments in key areas, especially our business model, strategic goals and strategic objectives.” See photos from the Opening Session.
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ICC President Ron Lynn and ICC CEO Rick Wieland hosted Monday morning’s Chapter President’s Breakfast in the Convention Center Ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center, where he announced the acceptance of eight new ICC chapters since last year’s Conference. Outgoing president Ron Lynn announced the 2010 Chapter Merit Award winners and the Chapter of the Year.
Weiland began his remarks by extending a thank you to the host chapters for this year’s Annual Conference, the North Carolina Chapters of ICC and ICC Region 8, who have been working closely with Code Council staff for more than a year to plan this week’s events. See more photos here.
Weiland recognized that the Code Council now has 342 chapters worldwide, and that chapters play an important role for the organization.
“Chapters are one of our association’s greatest resources,” Weiland said. “Our chapters do an outstanding job of providing professional development and networking opportunities for thousands of code officials and other industry professionals. They also provide a great deal of support for I-Code adoption efforts and other important Code Council initiatives — from Building Safety Month to the Code of Honor Scholarship Program, the Community Building Code Administration Grant Act, partnerships with other members of the building community, and increased public awareness of the value of code officials in their everyday lives.”
Weiland announced the recent realignment of the Code Council’s Chapter Relations function, headed by Laura Scott, to the Membership and Outreach Division, headed by Senior Vice President Mike Armstrong, who both attended and Weiland recognized.
Weiland welcomed the following new chapters accepted into ICC since last year’s Conference:
And Lynn announced this year’s Merit Award winners:
Then Lynn announced the winner of the 2010 Chapter of the Year, the Southern Nevada Chapter, of which he is a member.
“It’s a great privilege and a little bit embarrassing, I might add,” said Lynn. “It had nothing to do with me – really!”
Formal and public recognition of chapter award winners will take place in front of Conference attendees on Wednesday at the Awards Luncheon.
At the end, Lynn introduced Code Development Review Ad Hoc Committee (CDRAC), Chair Cindy Davis for a Q&A session.
The team of Timothy Palaski (Pittsburgh, KY), Albert Salvador (Cupertino, CA), Craig Tole (Pleasanton, CA) and Pete Wilt (Clovis, NM) fired a 10-under par 62 to win the 2010 Annual Conference Golf Tournament held at Old Sycamore Golf Club.
Finishing second, with a score of 8-under par 64, was Donny Phipps, Michael Smith and Vaughn Wicker, all of Columbia, South Carolina. The third-place team of Scott Dornfeld (Delano, MN), Mick Kaehler (Ramsey, MN) and Warren Rendleman (New Lenox, IL) finished third with a score of 7-under par 65.
Dornfeld won the Longest Drive competition. Arthur Cummings of Beaufort County, South Carolina, won the Closest to the Pin competition. A total of 45 golfers participated in this year’s event.
Sunday saw plenty of action around the Charlotte Convention Center. Along with the 2010 Annual Conference Golf Tournment, the 7th Annual Bobby Fowler Motorcycle Ride and the Code of Honor 5k Run offered plenty of fun activities for Conference participants.
The ICC-ES and IAS Boards of Directors also held meetings prior to the beginning of the 2010 Annual Conference.
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James L. Brothers, Building Director for the city of Decatur, Ala., was elected President of the International Code Council Board of Directors during the Annual Business Meeting of the 2010 ICC Annual Conference in Charlotte, N.C. Brothers, who previously served as Vice President of the Code Council Board, serves on the Legislative and Codes Advisory Council for the American Society of Interior Design and is Past President of the North Alabama Code Officials Association and the Code Officials Association of Alabama.
In 1997, Brothers was the recipient of the Alabama Code Official of the Year Award, and was presented the COAA Distinguished Service Award in 1999. Under his leadership, the city of Decatur was the first in the United States to adopt the ICC Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities. In 2005, Brothers was first appointed to the ICC Board of Directors.
Director of the Department of Building Inspections for Chesterfield County, Va., William (Bill) Dupler was elected Vice President of the ICC Board of Directors. Dupler is responsible for all aspects of the application of building and maintenance codes and conducts extensive educational programs for code users in Chesterfield County. He has worked in Virginia as a plans examiner, engineering supervisor, deputy building official and building official since 1978. Dupler previously served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Code Council Board.
Ronald E. Piester, Director of the New York Department of State Division of Code Enforcement and Administration, was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the ICC Board. A Certified Code Enforcement Official and Professional Code Administrator, Piester manages a 60-person division that administers and enforces New York’s Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and State Energy Conservation Construction Code. Piester previously served as a Director on the ICC Board.
Grand County, Utah, Building Official Jeff Whitney was elected to serve as the Section C representative on the Code Council Board. Section C includes the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah, and the nation of Mexico. Whitney holds 12 certifications from the Code Council and is Past President of the Utah Chapter of the International Code Council. It’shis second term as a Board of Director, but first as a Sectional Director.
Stephen D. Jones, Construction Official for Millburn Township and the Borough of Florham Park, New Jersey, was re-elected to an at-large position on the ICC Board. A Certified Building Official, Jones is responsible for the daily operations of the Millburn Township and Florham Park Borough Building Departments and supervises the department’s zoning official and code enforcement officer.
Guy Tomberlin, Code Specialist for the Fairfax County, Virginia, Commercial Inspections Division, also was re-elected to an at-large position on the Code Council Board. A Certified Building Official who has been active in code enforcement since 1985, Tomberlin also has served as a member of the ICC subsidiary International Accreditation Service Board of Directors.
Georgia Assistant State Fire Marshal M. Dwayne Garriss was elected to represent Section F on the ICC Board. Section F includes the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the Caribbean region. For the past 19 years, Garriss has served as Chairman of the Georgia Fire Safety Symposium and has served as the Safety Fire Commissioner’s designee on the State Codes Advisory Committee for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for the past 15 years.
Alex “Cash” Olszowy, Building Inspection Supervisor for the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government in Kentucky, was elected to an at-large position on the ICC Board. Olszowy is President of the Code Administrators Association of Kentucky (CAAK) and has served for ten years on the chapter’s Board of Directors.
Rhode Island State Building Code Commissioner John “Jack” Leyden was elected to a two-year term on the Code Council Board, filling the seat vacated by Piester when he was elected Secretary/Treasurer. Leyden is a Certified Building Official with the Code Council and the State of Rhode Island, and serves as Executive Secretary of the Rhode Island Building Codes Standards Committee.
Despite the difficult economic climate, CEO Rick Weiland said the Code Council was able to overcome challenges of the past year while maintaining the organization’s mission and its role in supporting members.
“In many ways we have moved the ball forward,” Weiland told delegates during the Annual Business Meeting, “even in the face of a difficult economy that has especially impacted local and state governments and the entire construction industry.
“We restored member benefits in a more cost-effective and sustainable fashion including chapter training benefits and the redesigned electronic version of the Building Safety Journal,” Weiland continued. “As we bring the year to a close, we remain cautious regarding projected revenues and accordingly are keeping a close watch on spending.”
Weiland pointed to recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile as ongoing evidence of the importance of code adoptions and enforcement worldwide.
“We only need to compare the 230,000 deaths in Haiti last January to 500 deaths a few weeks later in Chile to see that good codes and good code enforcement save lives,” Weiland said. “As I travel across the country, and as our staff interacts with you, we continue to be inspired and humbled by your contributions to the safety of our communities, your dedication to professionalism and customer service, and the belief in your mission regardless of public recognition.”
Looking ahead, Weiland said the Code Council will be responsible for equipping its members with the best products and services in an ever-changing world:
“The truth is, we are moving forward,” said Weiland. “With the development of International Green Construction Code, we’ve set new records in how we are engaging with professionals, advocates and ordinary citizens; with thousands of downloads of the code, hundreds of individuals and organizations pledging their support, and record numbers tuning in to our webcasts and participating in social media.
“We are finalizing the overhaul of our IT and financial systems to bring our internal operations up to the levels we expect and you deserve,” Weiland continued. “Federal funding for states to promote training and enforcement around the International Energy Conservation Code has increased the opportunity to realize the benefits of codes to sustainability efforts. And around the world, engagement with the products and services of the Code Council reflects on your expertise – and it provides additional financial resources for us to continue to do our important work both domestically and globally.”
Despite this momentum, Weiland said the key is and will remain establishing and maintaining relationships at events such as the Annual Conference and capitalizing on changes in technology.
“Frankly, despite the economic challenges and even with our forward momentum, it all comes down to relationships,” Weiland said. “Recognizing this, we’ve really upped our efforts to communicate with you this past year – from our new CEO Quarterly Report – to an increased emphasis on member outreach.
“But sometimes, we just don’t have enough money or the time to meet as often as we would like,” Weiland added. “As the world moves faster we all are experimenting with how technology can keep us engaged. An exciting development that will help our members to access critical information at the tap of a finger is now available through the magic of the iPad.”
An evolving organization will serve its members better in the future, Weiland said. “You have our commitment that we will continue to refine our ability to make our products and services available by electronic means as well as by the traditional approaches that many of you still rely on.
“Thanks for all you do. Thanks for your passion and thanks for your continued dedication to building a safer and more sustainable world.”
Code Council Governmental Voting Representatives approved three new Honorary Members: Greg Keith, President of Professional Heuristic Development; former Code Council CEO and COO Bob Heinrich; and former International Conference of Building Officials CEO John Traw.
Voting representatives also ratified the Board’s Emergency Amendment to the fuel gas purging requirements of the 2009 International Fuel Gas and Residential Codes.
Proposed Amendment 1-2010: Bylaws changes to Articles II, III, X, XVIII did not receive the necessary two-thirds votes for approval.
Tuesday’s Global Forum was comprised of eight presentations from various countries and regions that are receiving support from the Code Council on the development of its codes. Representatives from Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Mexico, Jamaica, a coalition from the Caribbean, Japan and Canada participated. The Forum was rounded off by a presentation from the Inter-jurisdictional Regulatory Collaboration Committee (IRCC).
Moderator Mark Johnson, President of ICC-ES and ICC’s Senior Vice of Business and Product Development said, “The goal of ICC is to really work with the global community in putting the I, in ICC.”
Ironically, Drew Azzara, ICC Vice President of Global Services and Business Development, was not physically attendance, because he is working on behalf of the ICC in China this week, but was able to address attendees for the Forum by video tape.
“There is a clear and growing market demand for better building construction,” Azzara said. “ICC, for one, is taking a leadership role in this endeavor by engaging various regions and countries throughout the world in support of building safety by providing technical information and related programs.”
Code Council CEO Rick Weiland appreciated the commitment of international delegates to make the trip to Charlotte to be in attendance, noting that global partnerships are a significant part of the ICC’s mission.
“Every time I see something tragic happen around the world that could have been prevented with good codes and good code enforcement,” says Weiland, “it just tells me that we have an unbelievable responsibility. We really believe and are passionate in terms of what we have created here in this country and we would like to share it with the rest of the world.
“Now, we are not so arrogant to think that in that process we are not going to learn something in return,” he added. “It becomes mutually beneficial. It’s the kind of collaboration that we are looking for as we move forward.”
Rick Okawa noted that the common thread he saw in all the presentations was a desire for collaboration.
“And in all areas,” Okawa said. “Not necessarily just on a national level, like the governmental officials level, but also with the design community, the industry, the manufacturers. One of the things we try to do is cooperate with some of these entities that are providing some method of safety. That type of technical knowledge needs to be transferred. That is part of the collaboration effort.”
The speakers that participated, their countries and/or regions, and topics are listed below:
– Ali Bukair, P.E., Consultant-Policies and Regulation, Department of Municipal Affairs, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, “Development and Implementation of Abu Dhabi International Building Codes.”
– Dr. Khalid El-Zahaby, Vice-Chairman, Housing and Building National Research Center and Professor of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Arab Republic of Egypt, ”Case Study – Effect of IAS Accreditation on the National testing Laboratories of Egypt’s National Housing and research Center.”
– Evangelina Hirata, former Director of Mexico’s National Housing Commission (CONAVI), “Towards a Green Construction Code in Mexico.”
– A. Michael Wood, Project Coordinator for the Caribbean (Regional) Building Standards Project, CARICOM/CROSQ, “The Challenges of Developing and Harmonizing Building Standards for the Caribbean region in Cooperation with the ICC.”
– Takashi Imamura, Director for International Building Codes Coordination, Housing Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), “International Collaboration: Update from Japan.”
– Joseph Aryee, Lecturer, University of Technology, Jamaica, and Coordinator, National Building Code Training Programme, “The New National Building Code of Jamaica – A Partnership between Jamaica and the International Code Council.”
– Mannie Withrow, CRBO, President, Alliance of Canadian Building Officials Association (ACBOA) and Lynn C. Balfour, CBCO, Immediate Past President, Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA), “Ontario Building Officials Association – Developing Our Professional Building Officials.” and “ACBOA Update.”
– Jon Traw, P.E., Chair, Inter-jurisdictional Regulatory Collaboration Committee (IRCC), “International Collaboration on Performance-Based Codes.”
Education Sessions cover a variety of topics
From inspection concerns and hazard response to ethics and green building, the Education Program at the 2008 Annual Conference offered attendees a selection of 28 sessions to choose from during the two-day event.
Cracker Barrel Luncheon menu offers variety of discussion choices
The Cracker Barrel Luncheon, sponsored by GovPartner and Bureau Veritas, offered 72 different Cracker Barrel topics. Participants could select three, 20-minute sessions to listen, discuss and learn about the International Codes, current technology and issues related to the building safety and construction industry.
IT Symposium focuses on real-life solutions
The Information Technology Symposium focused on using real-life information technology (IT) solutions to improve customer service to the building industry. Jurisdiction Members from Palm Beach County, Fla., Mecklenburg County, N.C., and Clark County, Nev., and private-industry representatives spoke on how IT can improve overall business processes as well as customer self permitting‚ customer dash boards and automated inspections.
Caring About the Code Profession
Leslie Chapman-Henderson, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes CEO and President and Managing Consultant for the ICC Foundation, announced a new program—ICCF Cares—a volunteer initiative that will support, identify and celebrate volunteer service activities of ICC chapters across the country during Monday’s Foundation Luncheon.
Through educational opportunities, a newly developed leadership series and certificate programs, chapters will be able to work with the Foundation to support the code profession. To kick off the new program, Chapman-Henderson challenged ICC chapters to identify and donate 250,000 hours of volunteer service during the coming year—the equivalent of $5 million.
To energize the challenge, the Foundation is establishing a national day of service as part of the Code Council’s Building Safety Week celebrations.
“That’s what raising the profile is about; it’s about getting the message out. You are the community safety officials in your towns and counties,” said Chapman-Henderson.
She also announced that the Foundation is partnering with Rebuilding Together—a nonprofit organization with a 20-year history of more than 100,000 home repairs and upgrades—to help lead and direct the Foundation’s Project H.E.R.O. program.
“We have found the organization to help make Project H.E.R.O. happen,” said Chapman-Henderson. “We are partnering today with a provider who is going to fill the roles we filled. They are going to provide project management expertise; help us find and screen veterans, or the active-duty folks that need the help; and put us in a position to do two things, building things and raising money.”
T.J. Cantwell of Rebuilding Together, then highlighted some of the organization’s recent projects and accepted a check of $50,000 from the Foundation.
Chapman-Henderson closed by quoting former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, “‘If our hope of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we need the engagement of volunteers now more than ever before.’ I think those words were written for us.”
ES Board meets during ICC 2008 Annual Conference