ICC Rolls Out Cloud-Based Code Development Process

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For Immediate Release:
Nov. 19, 2013
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ICC Rolls Out Cloud-Based Code Development Process

cdpACCESS™ maintains the high level of integrity ICC’s code development process
is known for and is expected to increase participation

International Code Council Members and others with an interest in public safety in the built environment have begun to use the first version of cdpACCESS—the new, cloud-based tool built exclusively for ICC’s code development process (cdp). Once referred to as remote voting, cdpACCESS is much more than that. With cdpACCESS, you can create code change proposals and submit them online. Code change proposals for ICC Group C for the International Green Construction Code are due by January 10. Go to cdpACCESS.com to experience cdpACCESS.

“The ultimate goal is to provide a superior way to develop codes and increase participation in code development,” said ICC CEO Dominic Sims, CBO. “We are confident that code development participants and public safety will benefit from cdpACCESS.”

In the coming weeks additional features will be rolled out in stages based on the steps in the code development process. These features will include:

  • Online collaboration with one or many colleagues;
  • View, download and print the Code Change Agenda;
  • Online submittal of floor modifications at the Committee Action Hearing;
  • Online vote on assembly floor motions following the Committee Action Hearing;
  • View, download and print the Report of the Committee Action Hearing;
  • Online creation and submittal of public comments to the Committee Action Hearing results;
  • View, download and print the Public Comment Agenda; and
  • Online voting on proposed code changes/public comments following the Public Comment Hearing.

“ICC is taking a bold step to transform the way building safety codes are developed,” said ICC Board President Stephen D. Jones, CBO. “Every effort was made to design cdpACCESS to build a user friendly online experience. We think you will be pleased with the results, and we are expecting to make continuous improvements as we receive feedback.”

All ICC Members are eligible to vote online on assembly floor motions. Only Governmental Member Voting Representatives and Honorary Members can vote on proposed code changes/public comments. cdpACCESS allows you to participate in code development from a computer or tablet, when you cannot attend in person.
ICC has extensively tested cdpACCESS on a wide variety of Windows and Apple computers and the iPad. cdpACCESS is designed for use on Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Chrome. Internet Explorer version 7 and earlier versions are not supported. Analysis of ICC website traffic has shown this will affect a very small percentage of users.

cdpACCESS is now the way to submit code changes to the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) for the 2014 Group C Committee Action Hearings, April 27–May 4, in Memphis, Tenn. To provide participants additional time to become familiar with cdpACCESS, and due to the year-end holidays, ICC extended the Group C online code change submittal deadline to Jan. 10 from Jan. 6. Online voting on assembly motions made at the Committee Action Hearings will take place after hearings.

Support for cdpACCESS includes help by phone and email to answer questions, receive comments and suggestions, and report any system errors. The toll-free cdpACCESS hotline is 855-ICC-CDP-1 (422-2371); email can be sent to cdpACCESS@iccsafe.org. A schedule of free cdpACCESS webinars can be viewed at www.iccsafe.org/cdpaccess/. To see answers to questions about cdpACCESS, go to www.iccsafe.org/cdpACCESSQA.

The concept of online participation in ICC’s Code Development Process dates back to 2001 when off-site voting on code changes was used by the three model code organizations that later consolidated to become the Code Council.

The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

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ICC, PMI Offer Webinar on Changes to the 2015 IPC

For Immediate Release
May 15, 2014
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ICC, PMI Offer Webinar on Changes to the 2015 IPC

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) has teamed up with the International Code Council (ICC) to offer a complimentary, one-hour webinar on Changes to the 2015 International Plumbing Code® (IPC) that Affect Plumbing Products. The May 21 webinar will offer 0.1 ICC CEUs.

“It is important to highlight some of the key changes to the IPC so those in the plumbing, mechanical and fuel gas construction industry can stay ahead,” said ICC CEO Dominic Sims, CBO. “We are pleased to join PMI in presenting this informative webinar to teach critical concepts, and look forward to developing more joint initiatives with PMI in the future.”

The IPC is in use or adopted in 35 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Topics to be addressed during the webinar include:

  • Review of the 2015 IPC and new standards that apply;
  • changes in the water distribution system design criteria required capacity at fixture supply pipe outlets;
  • changes in the IPC regarding the new federal lead laws for drinking water; and review of the standards that valves must comply with.

“PMI’s member companies produce most of the nation’s plumbing products,” said PMI CEO/Executive Director Barbara C. Higgens. “By sponsoring this webinar, we are able to reach a large audience of manufacturers as well as Code Council Members, who enforce the codes. Working in close alliance with the Code Council and ICC-ES – an Allied Member of PMI who certifies PMG products – our goal is for the attendees to have access to the Code Council’s knowledge about the new IPC requirements.”

The presenter will be ICC Senior Technical Staffer Chris Holland from ICC Architectural & Engineering Services. Holland has more than 23 years of experience with ICC and performs verbal and written code opinions, conducts plumbing plan reviews and supervises plumbing plan reviews.

A recording of the webinar will be posted on the ICC Campus Online.

Plumbing Manufacturers International is the voluntary, not-for-profit international industry association of manufacturers of plumbing products, serving as the Voice of the Plumbing Industry. Member companies produce a substantial quantity of the nation’s plumbing products.

The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

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ICC Expands Member, Chapter Services in California, Western States; Augments Resources for PMG Standards Development

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For Immediate Release:
Oct. 29, 2013
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ICC Expands Member, Chapter Services in California, Western States; Augments Resources for PMG Standards Development

Larry Brugger will join the International Code Council Government Relations staff in California as a Regional Manager, and Vicki Worden of Worden Associates will provide additional expertise for standard development projects in ICC's Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas (PMG) program.

Brugger, of Rossmoor, Calif., will be responsible for developing and coordinating programs in California and supporting other Government Relations staff in Western states serving ICC Members, Chapters and all stakeholders on matters related to the ICC mission: To provide the highest quality codes, standards, products and services for all concerned with the safety and performance of the built environment.

As a Government Relations staffer, Brugger will support code users and jurisdictions to adopt and apply the International Codes using his professional experience and certifications. He has more than 20 years of experience working in California building departments, including Los Angeles and Long Beach, and was Director of Plan Review for JAS Pacific Inc. in Upland, Calif. He is a Certified Building Official and a California-licensed civil engineer and structural engineer.

Brugger will also work with Lee Clifton, ICC Director of PMG Resources of Government Relations. The PMG program is also part of the Government Relations Department. In addition to his PMG duties, Clifton has been serving Members, Chapters and stakeholders in California.

As ICC continues to see increased use of its PMG codes and demand for standards development, the need has arisen to expand customer service resources. In recent years, ICC has embarked on a series of PMG standard development projects, including standards for landscape irrigation sprinklers and emitters, solar water heaters, solar thermal collectors, and rainwater collection systems and components.

Worden Associates, Inc. combines its principals' diverse expertise in for- and non-profit management with their desire to support market innovation, economic growth, and sustainable development. Originally founded in Annapolis, Md., the firm is now based in Camden, Maine, and supports clients from coast to coast and throughout North America. Worden will be working closely with ICC’s Government Relations and PMG staffs. Worden has a successful track record in the area of standards development, having served as the secretariat for the ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings.

"We're very pleased to welcome Larry and Vicki to our Government Relations team, and believe this further demonstrates ICC's commitment to provide high quality resources to support our Members and all code users," said ICC Government Relations Senior Vice President Sara Yerkes. The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

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CSA Group, ICC Begin Joint Development of North American Standard for Rainwater Collection Systems

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For Immediate Release:
Feb. 25, 2014
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CSA Group, ICC Begin Joint Development of North American Standard for Rainwater Collection Systems

U.S./Canadian Consensus Committee Appointed; Will Hold First Meeting in April

With the appointment of a U.S./Canadian Consensus Committee, the International Code Council (ICC) and CSA Group announce the start of a project to develop the new CSA/ICC 805 Rainwater Collection System Design and Installation standard. The 18-member ICC/CSA Rainwater Collection Design and Installation Consensus Committee, made up of nine U.S. representatives and nine Canadian representatives, will create the standard that will ensure the basic safety and performance of rainwater collection systems. The standard will be developed in accordance with both ANSI and Standards Council of Canada accreditation requirements for use throughout North America.

“The Code Council is committed to the safe use of rainwater and support for growing the industry through codes and standards development to protect water resources,” said ICC CEO Dominic Sims, CBO. “We are pleased to be working with the CSA Group to develop this important health and safety-related standard.”

ICC’s International Green Construction Code (IgCC) addresses rainwater harvesting and is used as the basis for an appendix in other codes. The groundbreaking revision to ICC’s 2015 International Plumbing Code contains comprehensive, non-potable water provisions in a new chapter covering rainwater, gray water and reclaimed water.

CSA Group has embarked on a number of related standards projects, including CSA B126Water Cisterns. This joins the CSA B128.3 Performance of Non-Potable Water Treatment Systemsstandard, which specifies water systems requirements for treating gray water or waste water for reuse in other applications.

“Developing standards solutions for more sustainable homes and buildings across Canada and the United States is an essential element toward a more sustainable future,” said Bonnie Rose, President, Standards, CSA Group. “Rainwater collection systems that are designed and installed properly according to this joint, multi-national standard will help ensure that people are protected from health hazards that could arise from substandard systems.”

Development of the standard began two years ago with a Project Initiation Notification System (PINS) with the American National Standards Institute filed by the Code Council. ICC and CSA announced their intent to develop a joint U.S./Canadian standard last April.

“This standard is especially important for regions that experience water shortages, and storm water management and water quality issues,” said Code Council Board of Directors President Stephen Jones, CBO. “Many jurisdictions are seeking an industry standard to help them develop guidelines that work with their existing building codes.”

The ICC/CSA Rainwater Collection System Design and Installation Consensus Committee will hold its first meeting April 9-10, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. The purpose of the meeting will be to elect committee leadership, establish task groups and begin work on the standard.

For more information about the standard’s development, contact Shawn Martin(smartin@iccsafe.org) at ICC or Lauro Pilla (lauro.pilla@csagroup.org) at CSA Group.

The International Code Council is a member-focused association dedicated to helping the building safety community and construction industry provide safe and sustainable construction through the development of codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit membership association dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. Its knowledge and expertise encompass standards development; training and advisory solutions; global testing and certification services across key business areas including hazardous locations and industrial, plumbing and construction, medical, safety and technology, appliances and gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability; as well as consumer product evaluation services. The CSA certification mark appears on billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group visit www.csagroup.org.

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CEOs Announce Major Commitment to Promote Resilient Planning and Building Materials

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Washington, D.C. – May 13, 2014 – Leaders of America’s design and construction industry, which generates more than $1 trillion in GDP, have agreed for the first time to promote resilience in contemporary planning, building materials, design, construction and operational techniques as the solution to making the nation’s aging infrastructure more safe and secure.

CEOs of almost two-dozen leading associations representing a half-million members of the design and construction sector today used the occasion of “Building Safety Month” to issue a joint statement on resilience, which can be found here. The statement was unveiled at a press conference at the National Building Museum.

The CEOS committed the design and construction sector to significantly improve the resilience of the nation’s entire built environment through research into new materials, construction procedures and other methods to improve the standard of practice. Among other things, they also committed the industry to educating itself through continuous learning; to advocating for effective land use policies; to responding to disasters alongside first responders and to planning for future ones with a strategy for fast recovery.

“We want architects to take the lead in encouraging resilience, particularly in the non-government and private sectors,” said American Institute of Architects CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA. “I would like to congratulate my fellow leaders in the design and construction sector for joining together to make sure resiliency is not viewed as just a fad but remains front and center in our efforts moving forward.”

In addition to the AIA, here is a list of organizations signing onto the joint statement on resilience:

  • National Institute of Building Sciences
  • International Facility Management Association (23,684)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (12,000 organizations)
  • Building Owners and Managers Association (17,000)
  • American Institute of Architects (80,000)
  • American Society of Landscape Architects (15,400)
  • American Society of Interior Designers (28,000)
  • ASHRAE (53,000)
  • American Planning Association (40,000)
  • Associated Builders and Contractors (22,000)
  • Lean Construction Institute (600)
  • Urban Land Institute
  • International Code Council (50,000)
  • International Interior Design Association (13,000)
  • National Society of Professional Engineers (34,000)
  • Associated General Contractors of America (30,000)
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (4,754)
  • American Council of Engineering Companies (5,000 firms)
  • National Association of Home Builders (140,000)
  • American Society of Plumbing Engineers (6,200)

About The American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

ICC Recommends Jurisdictions Update 2009, 2012 IPC, IRC to Comply with New Federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act

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ICC Recommends Jurisdictions Update 2009, 2012 IPC, IRC to Comply with New Federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act

Jurisdictions can make changes immediately for public health reasons
and update to 2015 codes later this year

The International Code Council encourages jurisdictions that have adopted the 2009 and 2012International Plumbing Code (IPC) and/or International Residential Code (IRC) to update the codes to meet the new requirements of the Federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act that went into effect on January 4, 2014. The measure amends the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act and revises the definition of the term “lead-free” to require no more than 0.25% lead when calculated as a weighted average of the content of the wetted surfaces for plumbing pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures conveying water for human consumption.

“While the 2015 I-Codes have been updated to meet federal requirements, we thought in light of public health concerns that it was important for jurisdictions using previous editions of the codes to be in compliance today instead of waiting until the new codes come out this summer,” said ICC Board President Stephen Jones, CBO.

The updates match sections of the 2015 IPC and 2015 IRC that comply with the new federal requirements. The 2015 codes will be published this summer. The federal legislation also requires state enforcement of the requirements in 42 USC § 300g-6 (b) (1) and 42 USC § 300g-6 (c).

“While the changes are brief and match the language in the 2015 IPC and 2015 IRC, ICC strongly recommends jurisdictions update to all the 2015 codes when they become available,” said ICC CEO Dominic Sims, CBO. “There are many other important improvements in the 2015 I-Codes that improve public health and safety, help reduce construction costs and facilitate new technologies.”

The language to update the 2009 and 2012 IPC and IRC is available online at www.iccsafe.org/LeadUpdates. More information about the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act is on ICC’s PMG Web page, www.iccsafe.org/pmg; click on the “Resources” tab. Code officials looking for information on how to update codes prior to 2009 to be in compliance with new federal act should contact Shawn Martin, Director of PMG Activities, smartin@iccsafe.org.

The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

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ICC Appoints Michael Gardner as EVP Compliance Programs

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ICC Appoints Michael Gardner as EVP Compliance Programs

Veteran Association Executive Will Lead Efforts to Optimize Industry Compliance Initiatives

The International Code Council (ICC) has announced the hiring of Michael Gardner as Executive Vice President of Compliance Programs. Gardner will be leading ICC efforts to maximize the association’s performance and achieve its long-term financial goals. Working with the CEO and presidents of ICC’s Evaluation and Accreditation services, Gardner will work to coordinate strategic efforts, build industry relationships, expand value for clients and manufacturers, and identify new opportunities to help the ICC leverage knowledge and technical expertise to help clients navigate the complexities around the supply chain, from compliance and regulatory issues to market acceptance.

Gardner has served as Executive Director and CEO of the Gypsum Association since 2003, and has served as that industry’s lead building code and national legislative policy liaison. His career in association management began in 1993, when he accepted an opportunity to manage the technical standards and services department and direct the educational foundation at a construction industry member-service association. In 1998, he joined the staff of the Gypsum Association as its national building code liaison. After serving in a variety of senior staff positions, he became the Executive Director of the organization in October 2003.

“Michael is a seasoned professional with considerable experience in the building codes industry,” said Dominic Sims, CBO, CEO of the International Code Council. “ICC is a strong brand in the industry, and we are committed to working with manufacturers and clients to help them demonstrate specific performance and get their products to market faster. As we pursue an aggressive growth strategy in the area of compliance and assessment, Michael’s industry network and significant experience will provide invaluable leadership and counsel in this effort.”

“Michael’s addition to this organization will further enhance the record growth we are experiencing. I look forward to working with him in order to make ICC-ES remain the product evaluation agency of choice to manufacturing clients as well as the code officials and specifiers,” said Shahin Moinian, President ICC Evaluation Service.

Chuck Ramani, President of the International Accreditation Service, said “The IAS stands ready to support Michael and to assist him in his efforts to expand and share our knowledge base and support for conformity assessment principles.”

Gardner earned the Certified Association Executive credential in 2008. In 2008 and 2009, he served as Chair of the ASAE Small-Staff Advisory Committee. He currently serves as Chair of the International Code Council Industry Advisory Committee, and has served on numerous sustainable building standard committees, code committees, foundations and boards. He writes a regular column for an industry publication, and is an instructor and lecturer on both gypsum industry technical issues and small staff association management topics.

Gardner holds a B.A. degree from Hobart College and an M.A. degree from the University of Delaware. He began his professional career in the gypsum industry in 1983 as a sales estimating and marketing representative for a large, commercial contracting firm, a stint that was followed by a series of sales and marketing positions in gypsum contracting and manufacturing.

Gardner has participated in a vast number of industry related activities, including as a member of the ASTM C11 and A5 Committees; as Past Chairman of the ASTM Subcommittee C11.03 on Application of Gypsum and Other Products in Assemblies; as a member of the ANSI/GBI 01-2010 Committee on Green Building Standards; and as a member of the ANSI/NAHB ICC National Green Building Standard (ICC 700) Consensus Committee.

Gardner will assume his new role with the ICC on April 7, 2014.

The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

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New ICC Western Regional Office Open for Business

Brea2_thumbAh, smell that? That's the “new office” smell wafting from the ICC’s new Western Regional Office in Brea, Calif.

The Western Regional Office has moved from the Whittier location to 3060 Saturn St., Suite 100, in Brea. The new office opened on Sept. 2. Minutes from the Orange Freeway and the Brea Mall, the new, state-of-the-art facility will enable ICC to better serve Members and customers with codes, standards, products and services to help building safety professionals create better buildings and more resilient communities.

The facility houses ICC, ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) and International Accreditation Service (IAS) staff. The relocation of the office was complete at the end of August, and staff can't wait for you to visit and show you around.

At its new office, ICC is investing in an environment conducive to continual growth and improved efficiencies that provides clients and ICC Members with expanded services. The new office enables ICC to continue to lead the industry in accreditation and product certification services and act as the global gateway for ICC Evaluation Service, LLC (ICC-ES) and the International Accreditation Service (IAS) subsidiaries.

The new Western Regional Office is easily accessible for clients, Members, employees and partners, and has close access to essential business amenities, such as restaurants and hotels in a town known for its hospitality and patronage to the arts.

The facility features the newest technology and infrastructure to enable ICC’s clients and Members to interact seamlessly with each other and with ICC, ICC-ES and IAS technical staff. Features of the new office include a state-of-the-art training center ready to host industry meetings and events to help build and expand the ability of ICC to serve its Members’ needs.

Consistent with the ICC’s commitment to efficiency and environmental excellence, the new facility meets or exceeds CALGreen standards.

“ICC is committed to serving as a catalyst for innovations that build a safer world,” said Dominic Sims, CBO, CEO of ICC. “Our new Western Regional Office location is the perfect place for us to further our mission that all concerned with the safety and performance of the built environment have access to resources and tools that help ensure safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient communities.”

 

“Code Officials: Keeping Fire in its Place” is the Theme for Building Safety Month Week 1

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“Code Officials: Keeping Fire in its Place” is
the Theme for Building Safety Month Week 1

Code compliance, working smoke and
carbon monoxide alarms are key to saving lives

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers, and passive fire-rated construction such as fire walls and fire doors designed to stop the spread of fire save lives and protect property. Those and other safety measures in fire and building codes published by the International Code Council (ICC) and widely used in the built environment throughout the United States provide minimum safeguards for fire prevention and protection. Whether a home or building is constructed of wood, brick, concrete or steel, code compliance is the key to minimizing the damage from fires and saving lives.

Since 1980, Building Safety Month has been an annual public safety awareness campaign. The theme for week one of Building Safety Month 2014, May 6-12, sponsored by the American Wood Council (AWC), is “Code Officials: Keeping Fire in its Place.”

“Code officials, along with the fire service, architects, engineers, builders and the public, help to develop construction safety codes and standards,” said ICC Board President Stephen D. Jones, CBO. “During Building Safety Month, and throughout the year, many Code Council members schedule community outreach events and school-based programs across the nation to demonstrate the importance of building to code. We honor them for their commitment to public safety.”

“We’re honored to participate in ICC’s Building Safety Month,” said AWC President and CEO Robert Glowinski. “Properly implemented building codes are critical to any building material performing to its highest standard; and properly constructed and code compliant wood structures have an excellent fire record in North America. We applaud the ICC and the U.S. Fire Administration for their efforts to educate the building community and the public at-large to ensure public safety.”

Smoke alarms have been required in the ICC’s International Codes (I-Codes) for more than 40 years. The I-Codes require working smoke alarms on every level of a home, outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of bedrooms and in each bedroom.

Experts agree that consumers should replace smoke alarm batteries and test the alarms every year. Smoke alarms more than 10 years old should be replaced. Three out of five home fire deaths in 2007-2011 resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms, according to the National Fire Protection Association report, “Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires.”

ICC is a partner in the U.S. Fire Administration’s “Fire Is Everyone’s Fight campaign. More information about Building Safety Month and fire safety tips are available at www.iccsafe.org/week-one-may-5-11/.

Carbon monoxide alarms also are a safety requirement in all homes and townhomes with appliances fueled by natural gas, propane, coal, wood, charcoal, oil or kerosene. Affected appliances include furnaces, ranges, water heaters, clothes dryers, room heaters, portable generators and fireplaces.

The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American wood products, representing over 75 percent of the industry and employing 350,000 men and women. Made from a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon, wood products are essential to everyday life. AWC structural design standards are referenced in the I-Codes, ensuring wood structures are built to resist the most onerous wind, seismic and snow loading conditions.

The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

Public/Private Sector Collaboration Improves Building Safety

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Public/Private Sector Collaboration Improves Building Safety

ICC Code Development Process Is the Way for Feds to Put Research into Action

Federal agencies conclude and agree that code adoption and compliance, training for code officials and updating codes based on lessons learned from natural disasters are major factors in creating more resilient structures and safer communities.

“When homes and buildings are built to the most current codes, structures on the edge of the direct path of a tornado or hurricane should be able to survive,” said International Code Council CEO Dominic Sims, CBO. “That was the conclusion by the University of Alabama after studying tornado damage in Tuscaloosa. It mirrors findings from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It is about reducing damage and saving lives.”

Federal, state and local governments benefit from their involvement in the ICC code development process without taking on the high cost of developing codes and standards.

“The FEMA and NIST findings reaffirm the importance of public and private sector collaboration to develop building safety codes,” said ICC Board of Directors President Stephen Jones, CBO. “Government can put valuable research into action by participating in the ICC code development process, and using ICC as an established resource to turn to for code official training and certification.”

A NIST report on its preliminary reconnaissance of the May 20, 2013, Newcastle-Moore Tornado in Oklahoma says insight gained from the disaster, if implemented at the policy level, should lead to improvements in standards, codes, and practices that will reduce losses and improve safety in future events. The primary findings of the NIST technical investigation provide a technical basis for improved codes, standards, and practices related to tornado hazard characterization, and tornado–resilient design and construction.

According to FEMA’s Hurricane Sandy Mitigation Assessment Team Report, recently constructed low-rise buildings generally suffered less flood damage because they complied with modern building codes and floodplain ordinances. The report also says code officials and inspectors are required to be licensed and to maintain qualifications through continuing education. Having flood provisions incorporated into a code generates a need for training that specifically addresses those provisions.

Additionally, the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood plain management report states that model codes are effective in reducing flood-related damages because of specific mitigation provisions required for compliance.

The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets  choose the International Codes.

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