Making a Change to Serve You Better

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Making a Change to Serve You Better

COVID-19 has created many challenges. The restrictions on travel, in-person meetings and interactions with others have forced the building safety industry to rethink how we do business.

As a result of the pandemic, earlier this year the International Code Council Board of Directors faced a difficult decision of whether and how to conduct the 2020 Annual Conference and Annual Business Meeting. Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, none of the available options allowed us to plan for a meeting with certainty that it would have complied with the Code Council bylaws and California state law, where the Code Council is currently incorporated. The Board decided to cancel the 2020 meeting, prioritizing the health and well-being of our members, staff and other attendees.

We heard from many of you how important it is that the Code Council be fully prepared to respond in a crisis no matter the circumstances. A thorough research process revealed that the California corporations code does not provide sufficient flexibility for the association to act when needed during an emergency.

After careful consideration, the Board has unanimously determined that it is in the best interests of the Code Council and its members to reincorporate in Delaware. This change in location will not affect any other provisions of the bylaws or current member benefits. It also does not affect our continued plans and commitment to maintaining a significant presence in California including our regional office in Brea.

Today all validated voting members were sent a ballot to vote on this proposal. In order to move forward, at least one hundred voting members must vote, and a majority of the returned ballots must indicate approval. Following approval by the voting members, Code Council staff will take the steps to finalize the change by following necessary statutory requirements.

Please note that only validated voting members are able to vote. If approved, this change will allow us to provide more effective services for all our members, customers and stakeholders. If you have questions or comments, please reach out to memberinput@iccsafe.org.

Thank you for your continued engagement with the Code Council.

Visit our Coronavirus Response Center for information to help you navigate the pandemic.

2019 Group B Code Cycle Appeals Concluded

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2019 Group B Code Cycle Appeals Concluded

The International Code Council Board of Directors has issued a final decision on the second groups of appeals within the 2019 Group B code cycle – surrounding scope and intent, and the impact of online voting (CP 28), cost impact, voting guides, voter eligibility and validation process – completing the appeals process.

Scope and Intent

The American Gas Association, the American Public Gas Association, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Leading Builders of America (LBA) appealed three proposed changes to the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and 2021 International Residential Code (IRC) on the grounds that the proposals in question are outside the scope of the codes. The code changes appealed were RE147-19 (requiring electric readiness) and CE217-19, Parts I and II (requiring electric vehicle supply equipment).

Following the recommendation of the Appeals Board, the Code Council Board determined that the code changes in question are outside the current scope and intent of the energy provisions of the IECC and IRC and sustained the appeals. RE147-19 and CE217-19 will not appear in the 2021 International Codes.

 

Impact of Online Voting (CP 28), Cost Impact, Voting Guides, Voter Eligibility and Validation Process 

NAHB and LBA appealed a group of twenty code changes to the 2021 IECC on the grounds of ineligible voters, cost impact, not meeting the spirit and intent of the process, and improper use of voting guides.

The Appeals Board found no clear violationof process or procedure and recommended denial of the appeals. The Code Council Board of Directors voted to deny the appeals.

In addition, the Code Council Board referred a number of issues to the Board Committee on the Long-Term Code Development Process for further review, including the definitions of governmental members and voting representatives, the procedures for the in-person and online votes, and the issue of cost impact. This committee is a venue for stakeholders to provide feedback on the process and suggest changes.

The Code Council Board also recommended consideration of a Code Council energy standard to replace the IECC and Chapter 11 of the IRC.

This concludes the 2019 Group B code cycle appeals, adding to the decisions on the first two groups of appeals – preemption and committee reconsideration.

The International Code Council’s code development protocols are designed to protect the integrity of the process. These appeals are one part of a longer code development process that is responsive, transparent and open. For more information about this process and how it creates the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the world, click here.

2019 Group B Code Cycle Appeals Concluded

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2019 Group B Code Cycle Appeals Concluded

The International Code Council Board of Directors has issued a final decision on the second groups of appeals within the 2019 Group B code cycle – surrounding scope and intent, and the impact of online voting (CP 28), cost impact, voting guides, voter eligibility and validation process – completing the appeals process.

Scope and Intent

The American Gas Association, the American Public Gas Association, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Leading Builders of America (LBA) appealed three proposed changes to the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and 2021 International Residential Code (IRC) on the grounds that the proposals in question are outside the scope of the codes. The code changes appealed were RE147-19 (requiring electric readiness) and CE217-19, Parts I and II (requiring electric vehicle supply equipment).

Following the recommendation of the Appeals Board, the Code Council Board determined that the code changes in question are outside the current scope and intent of the energy provisions of the IECC and IRC and sustained the appeals. RE147-19 and CE217-19 will not appear in the 2021 International Codes.

 

Impact of Online Voting (CP 28), Cost Impact, Voting Guides, Voter Eligibility and Validation Process 

NAHB and LBA appealed a group of twenty code changes to the 2021 IECC on the grounds of ineligible voters, cost impact, not meeting the spirit and intent of the process, and improper use of voting guides.

The Appeals Board found no clear violation of process or procedure and recommended denial of the appeals. The Code Council Board of Directors voted to deny the appeals.

In addition, the Code Council Board referred a number of issues to the Board Committee on the Long-Term Code Development Process for further review, including the definitions of governmental members and voting representatives, the procedures for the in-person and online votes, and the issue of cost impact. This committee is a venue for stakeholders to provide feedback on the process and suggest changes.

The Code Council Board also recommended consideration of a Code Council energy standard to replace the IECC and Chapter 11 of the IRC.

This concludes the 2019 Group B code cycle appeals, adding to the decisions on the first two groups of appeals – preemption and committee reconsideration.

The International Code Council’s code development protocols are designed to protect the integrity of the process. These appeals are one part of a longer code development process that is responsive, transparent and open. For more information about this process and how it creates the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the world, click here.

Appeals on Committee Reconsideration and Preemption Concluded

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Appeals on Committee Reconsideration and Preemption Concluded

The International Code Council Board of Directors has issued a final decision on the first two groups of appeals – preemption and committee reconsideration – and outlined next steps. The Board will meet again on Monday, October 5, 2020, to consider the remaining appeals related to the 2019 Group B code cycle.

These appeals are one part of a longer code development process that is responsive, transparent and open. For more information about this process and how it creates the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the world, click here.

Preemption

In this case, preemption is the invalidation of a code provision that conflicts with U.S. federal law. It promotes consistency across state lines in the U.S. and allows for manufacturers to create products that will be accepted in all 50 U.S. states.

Four entities – American Gas Association, American Public Gas Association, Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, and National Association of Home Builders – appealed select changes to the 2021 International Codes (I-Codes) on the grounds that the changes are preempted by federal law.

The Appeals Board recommended denial of the appeals, in part due to their limited authority. They also suggested that the Code Council Board initiate an analysis of the preemption issue and determine whether any remedial action should be taken under the Board’s broader authority. The Code Council Board voted to support the denial of the appeals of RE107-19 (dealing with pilot lights on gas appliances) and RE126-19 (dealing with efficiency ratings for gas-fired water heaters) as they found no violation of the Code Council’s processes or procedures.

The Code Council Board also determined that, upon review, including potentially preempted provisions in the I-Codes is inconsistent with the spirit, intent and mission of the Code Council. Indeed, the codes explicitly state that they do not nullify any provisions of local, state or federal law. Accordingly, the Board determined that the approved language from RE107-19 and RE126-19 will not be included in the 2021 International Residential Code (IRC) or International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

In addition, the Code Council Board referred the issue of preemption generally for consideration to the Board Committee on the Long-Term Code Development Process. This committee is a venue for stakeholders to provide feedback on the process and suggest changes to the code development process.

Committee Reconsideration

Appellant Jake Pauls filed appeals on two code changes in the IRC: RB81-19 (related to grab bars in bath and shower) and RB116-19 (related to stairways). The appellant requested that the matters be sent back to the committee for further consideration of evidence.

The Code Council Board voted to uphold the Appeals Board recommendation to deny the appeals on the basis that no violation of the Code Council’s processes or procedures were found. The two code changes will be referred to the Building Code Action Committee for consideration in the code development cycle for the 2024 I-Codes.

Hurricane Laura

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Hurricane Laura

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

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

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

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

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

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

Code Council Bylaws Committee Update

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Code Council Bylaws Committee Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ICC Pulse: Appeal hearings date change

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Appeal hearings date change

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

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

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

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

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

Follow up code official survey on pandemic response

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Follow up code official survey on pandemic response and needed resources

Earlier this year, as COVID-19 public health orders came into effect, the International Code Council surveyed code departments across the country to better understand departments' virtual capabilities and to collect best practices that could help inform other departments' approaches. We were overwhelmed by the response - nearly 1150 jurisdictions from every state across the country provided feedback. Read the survey analysis, here.
The Code Council remains committed to assisting code departments as they navigate and overcome the challenges facing them during the pandemic. To that end, we have prepared a follow up survey that builds upon the previous one to determine how departments have responded in the interim. What virtual needs still exist? What strategies have worked best? What additional resources could help? This survey will inform our efforts to identify best practices and advocate for needed resources.
Prior responses have guided the materials we have developed to support your department and informed and directed our advocacy on your behalf. These efforts include:
Your feedback, either as a first-time or repeat survey respondent, is greatly appreciated and will help us to improve our current offerings. Please be sure to respond in the next two weeks so we can capture your input in our summary of top line results.

For additional coronavirus advocacy resources, please visit the Code Council’s Coronavirus Response Center.

For additional coronavirus advocacy resources, please visit the Code Council’s Coronavirus Response Center.

Are you planning to participate in the appeal hearings?

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Are you planning to participate in the appeal hearings?

On July 30, the International Code Council posted its Notice of Appeal Hearings for the 2019 Group B code cycle. The Appeals Board has grouped appeals into the categories below. The deadline for written comments and requests to participate are due by the following dates:
  • Committee Reconsideration: August 11
  • Federal Preemption: August 17
  • Scope and Intent: August 19
  • Impact of Online Voting, Cost Impact, Voting Guides: August 26
  • Voter Eligibility, Validation Process: August 31
Submit your comments and requests via email to Mike Pfeiffer, P.E., Code Council Senior Vice President of Technical Services.

Those interested in participating during the hearings are strongly encouraged to use the presentation template linked below. The template ensures the quality and formatting of the presentation follows the recommended presentation guidelines. All presentations will be posted to the Code Council appeals webpage as they were submitted, without edits. Please note, our event system does not support Adobe (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc) files for presentations. Only Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt) files will be accepted. Presentations are due a minimum of five days prior to the respective hearing. Any presentations submitted after the deadline will not be accepted or permitted at the hearing.

Prior to the hearing, presentations will be forwarded to the Appeals Board for review, incorporated into the Webex Event system, and posted on the appeals webpage. The Webex details will be sent to those who confirm participation via a registration process. The hearings will also be broadcast via YouTube for those who would like to view but not participate. There will be separate registration process for viewing on Youtube.
Following each hearing, actions taken by the Appeals Board and all related documents will be posted on the appeals webpage.

2019 Group B Code Cycle: Notice of Appeal Hearings

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2019 Group B Code Cycle: Notice of Appeal Hearings

Today the International Code Council posted the official Notice of Appeal Hearings. Conducted virtually via Webex Event, the hearings will begin August 26, 2020.

Please submit written comments and request to participate to Mike Pfeiffer, P.E., Code Council Senior Vice President of Technical Services, by the deadlines posted within the notice. The Webex details will be sent to those who confirm participation via a registration process. The hearings will also be broadcast via YouTube for those who would like to view but not participate.

Actions taken by the Appeals Board and all documents related to the appeals will be posted on the Code Council Appeals webpage. 

Please direct questions to Mike Pfeiffer at mpfeiffer@iccsafe.org.