2020 Sponsor Options

Sponsorship Options

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

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship for the 40th Annual Building Safety Month provides unmatched, high profile opportunities to demonstrate your organization's commitment to building safety. Sponsorship will showcase your message and highlight your commitment to individuals and organizations in building code development, catastrophe management, emergency management, fire safety, green and energy construction, home improvement, home inspection, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, recreational safety, standards and testing, and more.

Read the Building Safety Month Sponsorship brochure.

Click each title to see sponsorship level benefits and become a sponsor

  • Listed as the presenting sponsor for Building Safety Month with logo on all distributions
  • Opportunity to brand a Building Safety Month product
  • Sponsored article in the Building Safety Journal
  • Receives all benefits from the Theme Week Presenting Sponsor Level
  • Limited to one sponsor
  • Listed as the exclusive sponsor of the Chapter Engagement Kits mailed to over 377 Code Council chapters around the world
  • Sponsor will choose one of the four weeks to be featured and will have the option to provide a statement on how they impact building safety for that week’s press release
  • One (1) complimentary Code Council Annual Conference (Fall 2020) registration
  • Receives all benefits from the Theme Week Co-Sponsor Level
  • Sponsor logo featured on D.C. event invitation
  • Sponsor logo on D.C. event signage
  • Opportunity to distribute a branded giveaway at the reception
  • Podium recognition at D.C. reception
  • Receives all benefits from the Theme Week Co-Sponsor Level
  • One (1) complimentary Code Council membership
  • Sponsor will choose one of the four weeks to be featured
  • Listed as an overall sponsor of Building Safety Month throughout the campaign
  • Sponsor logo shown on the Building Safety Month website homepage
  • Sponsor logo featured on promotional flyer used at shows and in Code Council product order shipments
  • 100 word profile, logo and link to your corporate website on the sponsor web page
  • Sponsor logo and link in the Building Safety Journal
  • Recognition on signage at the Code Council Annual Conference (Fall 2020)
  • Social media mentions (LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter)
  • Receives all benefits from the Supporter Level
  • Limited to 2 sponsors
  • Opportunity to brand one brochure in the Chapter Engagement Kits mailed to over 377 Code Council chapters around the world
  • Receives all benefits from the Supporter Level
  • One (1) complimentary Code Council membership
  • 100 word profile, logo and link to your corporate website on the sponsor web page
  • Social media mentions (LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter)
  • Sponsor logo featured on regional event invitation
  • Sponsor logo on regional event signage
  • Opportunity to distribute a branded giveaway at the regional event
  • Podium recognition at the regional event
  • Receives all benefits from the Supporter Level
  • Invitation to the Washington, D.C., reception
  • Company/Individual name listed on the sponsor webpage
  • Use of the Building Safety Month logo to promote your involvement and support

About Building Safety Month

About Building Safety Month

Building Safety Month is an international campaign that takes place in May to raise awareness about building safety. This campaign reinforces the need for the adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes, and helps individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.

The International Code Council, its 64,000 members, and a diverse partnership of professionals from the building construction, design and safety communities come together with corporations, government agencies, professional associations and nonprofits to promote building safety through proclamations, informational events, legislative briefings and more. We come together to support Building Safety Month because we understand the need for safe and sustainable structures where we live, work and play.

All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events and structural collapse. Building codes are society's best way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores and entertainment venues. Code officials work day in and day out to keep the public safe.

History

For the last 40 years, we have celebrated advances in constructing safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient buildings and homes. The ongoing support of Building Safety Month and the important role code officials play in public safety in the built environment has come from U.S. presidents, governors, mayors, county executives, other government officials and construction industry professionals.

In 2019, the Building Safety Month campaign had:

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Building Safety Month Kids Corner

Kids Corner

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

Weekly Activities

Weekly Lesson Plans

Merchandise

Building Safety Month Safety Toolkit

Safety Toolkit

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

Building Safety Month News & Events

News and Events

Press Releases

News Articles

 

2020 Building Safety Month Virtual Events Series

Due to COVID-19, the International Code Council canceled all scheduled in-person Building Safety Month events for 2020. In lieu of celebrating together in person, we’ve developed a set of free, virtual events to be held throughout the month of May. Join us and our partners to discuss topics related to building safety, building codes and code compliance.

Building Safety Month Twitter Chat
On Tuesday, May 12, at 3pm ET join our Building Safety Month Twitter Chat featuring Code Council Vice President of Innovation and Executive Director of the Alliance for National & Community Resilience (ANCR) Ryan Colker (@rmcolker) and ICC Government Relations Regional Manager Susan Dowty (@sdowtyICC) discussing seismic functional recovery and resiliency. Join the discussion using the hashtag #CODEversation.

Campaign Foundation Sponsor: American Gas Association

WEEK 1: DISASTER PREPAREDNESS 

Disaster Preparedness, Building Codes and America’s Response to COVID-19
Speakers: Brock Long and Cristine McCombs
Code Council Host: Karl Fippinger
Length: 90 minutes; CEUs: 0.15
Date: May 7, 1:00–2:30 pm ET

Click here to access the webinar playback

WEEK 2: WATER SAFETY

Partnering Organization: RESNET

A New Standard for Rating Whole-House Water Efficiency
Speaker: Ryan Meres
Code Council Host: Dave Walls
Length: 60 minutes; CEUs: 0.1
Date: May 14, 1:00–2:00 pm ET

After five years of development and testing, the new whole-house water efficiency rating system developed by the International Code Council and RESNET has been finalized. BSR/RESNET/ICC Standard 850-2020 provides a Water Rating Index score that accounts for both indoor and outdoor water efficiency for one- and two-family dwellings. This webinar will provide an overview of the standard, the development process, and a new program based on the standard called HERS H2O.

Attendees will learn about:

  • The components of indoor and outdoor water use included in the standard
  • The process for conducting a water efficiency rating
  • Ways that state and local governments and water utilities can use the standard to improve residential water use.

WEEK 3: RESILIENCY. SUSTAINABILITY. INNOVATION.
Sponsor: NAHB

Panel Discussion about the Effects of COVID-19 on the Building Safety Industry
Speakers: TBA
Code Council Host: Sara Yerkes
Length: 60 minutes; CEUs: 0.1
Date: May 20, 1:00–2:00 pm ET

Panelists will discuss how COVID-19 has affected each of their segments of the building safety industry in the short-term and what long-term effects they expect. Speakers will discuss how the industry is already going virtual and what’s left to do. How has COVID-19 helped us to prepare for the next crisis?

WEEK 4: TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION
Partnering Organization: North American Deck and Railing Association

Deck Safety and the Codes
Speaker: Glenn Mathewson
Code Council Host: Learning Center
Length: 90 minutes; CEUs: 0.15
Date: May 29, 1:00–2:30 pm ET

The second edition of the International Code Council’s Deck Code and Education book will be available this summer with ten chapters that provide every 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) provision related to decks. Author and codes expert Glenn Mathewson will lead this 90-minute webinar explaining one overlooked or misunderstood provision from each chapter of the book. Learn about code administration, existing structures, materials, ledgers, the floor, posts and foundations, lateral loads, stairways, guards and handrails, and amenities.

 

Building Safety Month Campaign Toolkit

Campaign Toolkit

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

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

Become a Sponsor

Sponsors

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

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship for the 40th Annual Building Safety Month provides unmatched, high profile opportunities to demonstrate your organization's commitment to building safety. Sponsorship will showcase your message and highlight your commitment to individuals and organizations in building code development, catastrophe management, emergency management, fire safety, green and energy construction, home improvement, home inspection, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, recreational safety, standards and testing, and more.

Apply online or read the brochure for more information.

Foundation Sponsor

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

Chapter Kits Sponsor

Founded in 1904 and headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA, the American Concrete Institute is a leading authority and resource worldwide for the development, dissemination, and adoption of its consensus-based standards, technical resources, educational & training programs, certification programs, and proven expertise for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction, and materials, who share a commitment to pursuing the best use of concrete.
www.concrete.org

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

D.C. Reception Sponsor

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) helps its members build communities. Each year, NAHB’s members construct about 80 percent of the new homes built in the United States, both single-family and multifamily. Since it was founded in the early 1940s, NAHB has served as the voice of America’s housing industry. We work to ensure that housing is a national priority and that all Americans have access to safe, decent and affordable housing, whether they choose to buy a home or rent.

www.nahb.org

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) helps its members build communities. Each year, NAHB’s members construct about 80 percent of the new homes built in the United States, both single-family and multifamily. Since it was founded in the early 1940s, NAHB has served as the voice of America’s housing industry. We work to ensure that housing is a national priority and that all Americans have access to safe, decent and affordable housing, whether they choose to buy a home or rent.
www.nahb.org

Theme Week Co-Sponsors

Established in 1978, A2LA is the largest and most experienced multi-discipline accreditation body in the United States. Accreditation bodies provide third-party assurance that organizations – including laboratories, inspection agencies, and more – meet the requirements specified by local and international standards. A2LA accreditation is recognized worldwide as an unbiased indicator of compliance with international standards.

The A2LA Special Inspections Accreditation Program assists jurisdictions by providing accreditation, confirming that inspection agencies meet the requirements of ISO/IEC 17020:2012, demonstrate the technical competence and professional judgement required by Chapter 17 of the International Building Code (IBC), and comply with relevant local requirements.
www.a2la.org

Founded in 1857,  The American Institute of Architects (AIA) consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well being.

www.aia.org

The Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute (CISPI) was organized in 1949 by American manufacturers of cast iron soil pipe and fittings. The Institute is dedicated to aiding and improving the plumbing industry. Through the preparation and distribution of technical reports, we seek to advance interest in the manufacture, use and distribution of cast iron soil pipe and fittings. Through a program of research, we strive to improve the industry’s products, and provide a continuous program of product testing. Assurances that pipe and fittings meet the approved standards of the Institute is provided either by Ç®; or the CI NO-HUB® trademarks.
www.cispi.org

The mission of the Gypsum Association, a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1930, is to promote the use of gypsum while advancing the development, growth, and general welfare of the gypsum industry in the United States and Canada on behalf of its member companies.

ISO, a Verisk business, is a leading provider of advanced tools and analytics for the property/casualty insurance industry. Drawing on unique data assets and deep domain expertise, ISO products and services help insurers underwrite and price risks with greater precision and efficiency and manage claims more effectively across the spectrum of commercial and personal lines of insurance.

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

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

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

Established in 1975, OmegaFlex® is the preeminent international producer of flexible metallic piping products. With over 200 patents registered worldwide, OmegaFlex® supplies proprietary products for a broad number of applications and markets, which include medical, residential and commercial for the distribution of natural gas, LP, diesel, biofuels, gasoline and medical gas and vacuum.
www.omegaflex.com

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

Viega LLC is the recognized leader in press technology, providing systems that work together with consistent, reliable excellence. Whether installing a potable water system or specifying a corrosive chemical line, Viega offers an engineered system solution. Products include Viega ProPress® for copper and stainless, Viega MegaPress® for carbon steel and stainless, Viega PureFlow® System including PEX and fittings in high-performance polymer and Zero Lead bronze, and MegaPress CuNi and SeaPress® systems for marine applications. Viega also specializes in radiant Heating and Cooling Solutions, and offers Viega Flushing System Technology including carriers and flush plates.
www.viega.us

Founded in 1904 and headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA, the American Concrete Institute is a leading authority and resource worldwide for the development, dissemination, and adoption of its consensus-based standards, technical resources, educational & training programs, certification programs, and proven expertise for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction, and materials, who share a commitment to pursuing the best use of concrete.
www.concrete.org

AIA

Founded in 1857,  The American Institute of Architects (AIA) consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well being.

www.aia.org

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

www.ncarb.org

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

www.nmhc.org

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

www.strongtie.com

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Week THREE// May 2020

Building Safety Month: Week Three

Resiliency. Sustainability. Innovation.

WEEK THREE // May 18–24, 2020

Building Safety Month: Week Five

Resiliency. Sustainability. Innovation.

WEEK THREE // May 18‑24, 2020

The building safety industry is on the cutting edge of technology, building science and innovation. From green construction and resiliency to product evaluation, certification and codification, the International Code Council family of solutions is part of this technological transformation to make our buildings safer and our industry more advanced.

The International Codes (I-Codes), developed by the Code Council, are the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the world. For decades, our codes and standards have addressed resilience and sustainability by incorporating the latest innovations in science and technology, and we remain committed to working with member jurisdictions and industry partners to bring the right building products and practices to market, labeling new homes and structures as more efficient, and spreading the word about the need for wiser resource usage and building resilient structures.

Resiliency

Resiliency is the ability to plan and prepare for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events regardless of whether the subject is an individual or our society, a business or our economy, a single bridge or all critical infrastructure.

Creating a resilient nation requires diligent planning and innovative thinking. Incorporating new technologies in current building practices to achieve higher resiliency is exciting but can be expensive. Thankfully, effectively utilizing current codes and standards throughout all phases of the building’s lifecycle increases the efficacy of new building technologies and offers a cost-effective path toward community stability during times of disaster. Resilience starts with strong, regularly updated, and properly implemented building codes.

The Code Council has many resources available to assist jurisdictions, manufacturers and the public with these building practices.

There are important measures that can be taken at a community level to reduce the impacts of disasters. Benchmarks allow a community to identify how resilient they currently are and the steps they can take to improve.

The Alliance for National and  Community Resilience (ANCR)

The Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR) is a Code Council co-founded 501(c)3 aimed at improving resilience and implementing good community practices in towns and cities across the U.S. The Code Council and ANCR are working on developing community resilience benchmarks across all community functions.

Their first benchmark pilot, covering buildings, consists of nine requirements aimed at increasing the resilience of our communities, including the adoption, administration and enforcement of building codes. In particular, the benchmark encourages local governments to adopt building codes and to provide the human, technical and financial resources necessary to support permitting, plan review and inspections. Buildings house many of the most critical functions of our communities, including schools, hospitals, businesses and residences. These benchmarks are especially critical in providing community leaders the necessary tools to create safer and more resilient structures.

In the fall of 2019, ANCR announced the release of their housing benchmark, which addresses the availability of affordable housing, the quality of housing, the availability of shelter, and continuity planning in the event of a disaster.

All residential structures including single family and multifamily are included in the benchmark, which also addresses the needs of various groups such as older residents, families, and residents with physical and mental disabilities requiring supportive housing needs.

ANCR also produced two white papers on the contributions of the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to resilience. These are the first two in a series examining how specific International Codes (I-Codes) support resilience.

The studies below, including the two whitepapers referenced above, are a good place to start learning about how building codes contribute to resilience.

In 2019, the Code Council launched a new global initiative to bring together experts from the U.S., Australia, Canada and New Zealand to improve building resilience worldwide. This new collaborative forum provides a valuable opportunity for participants to discuss common struggles, and to share knowledge, research and best practices, as they consider the role of building codes in resilience and durability in the face of increasingly severe weather events.

Sustainability

Green building and sustainable construction strategies reinforce the societal health, life and safety benefits that building codes offer, providing resilience to natural disasters, a changing climate, resource consumption and management, and service interruptions due to unforeseen events. These tools can also aid occupant comfort and health, save money and preserve resources during the design, construction and operation of buildings. Many homeowners, businesses and building professionals have voluntarily sought to incorporate green and sustainable building strategies into their projects, and a number of systems have been developed to guide green building practices.

The 2018 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) provides the design and construction industry with a very effective way to deliver sustainable, resilient, high-performance buildings. The 2018 IgCC provides fundamental criteria for energy efficiency, resource conservation, water safety, land use, site development, indoor environmental quality and building performance that can be broadly adopted.

Innovation

Code compliant building products

The certification and accreditation of building products are critical to the building code enforcement process. Technical evaluations of building product listings and plumbing, mechanical and fuel gas listings provide regulators and construction professionals with clear evidence that products and systems comply with codes and technical standards. The ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) issues reports on product code compliance that are made available free of charge to code officials, contractors, specifiers, architects, engineers and anyone else with an interest in the building industry and construction.

Accreditation of entities that support code compliance

There is a need for independent verification that businesses, organizations and governmental entities that facilitate building codes and standards are competent and comply with industry and/or international standards. The International Accreditation Service (IAS) accredits testing and calibration laboratories, inspection agencies, building departments, fabricator inspection programs and special inspection agencies to ensure adherence to acknowledged standards.

Building department codification

Codification is the process by which local governments keep their laws organized, structured and updated to serve as a reliable legal reference. General Code updates and digitizes local codes, integrating new laws into the existing code. It works with municipalities to create a single, consistent resource and compiles the information into a comprehensive code. It subsequently publishes this code resource in print or in a convenient online platform. ICC-Community Development Solutions (ICC-CDS) offers software solutions that allow building departments and code enforcement officers to streamline and track information associated with the inspection and compliance process.

So, whether you’re considering renovating, remodeling or building from the ground up, make sure your project is based on the codes and standards that incorporate resilience, sustainability and the latest innovations in science and technology, to ensure that safety and efficiency are the result.

Additional Information and Resources

INFO Community Resilience Indicators

PUBLICATION FEMA P-798, Natural Hazards and Sustainability for Residential Buildings

Week TWO // May 2020

Building Safety Month: Week Two

Water Safety

WEEK TWO // May 11–17, 2020

Building Safety Month: Week Three

Water Safety

WEEK TWO // May 11–17, 2020

Clean water is the world’s most precious commodity. According to World Health Organization estimates as of June 2019, 785 million people lacked even a basic drinking-water service, including 144 million people who are dependent on surface water. Building, plumbing and green codes help guard it for future generations through proper construction, conservation and safe disposal.

Code officials are vigilant protectors of our water supply. Because of their dedicated service, you can turn on the tap in your home and draw sufficient, clean water. They take nothing for granted, so you can.

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

 

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

Water Efficiency

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

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

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

Swimming Pool and Backyard Safety

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Information and Resources

ARTICLE   Facilities.net: Water Conservation and Restroom Design

INFO   Just the Facts: Legionella and Water Supply Systems

FACT SHEET  How to make your water safer to drink

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

Week FOUR // May 2019

Building Safety Month: Week Four

Training the Next Generation

WEEK FOUR // May 25–31, 2020

Building Safety Month: Week Four

Training the Next Generation

WEEK FOUR // May 25‑31, 2020

Importance of Training and Professional Development

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

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

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

Building Careers for Today’s Generation

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

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

Additional Information and Resources