ICC Residential Seismic Assessment and Retrofit Standard Consensus Committee

As an ANSI Accredited standards developing organization, the Code Council is developing New ICC 1300-202x, Standard for the Vulnerability-Based Seismic Assessment and Retrofit of One- and Two-Family Dwellings.   This committee has the primary responsibility for the development of minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety, general welfare by providing a methodology for the identification, evaluation and retrofit of specific known vulnerabilities for one- and two-family wood light-frame dwellings up to 2 stories in height located in Seismic Design Categories B through E.  This includes the use of the best available seismic numerical modeling tools and engineering practices to assist in development of assessment methods and to identify retrofit criteria to best achieve targeted performance objectives.  Use of the provisions is anticipated to improve earthquake performance but is not necessarily intended to prevent earthquake damage. Also included is the evaluation and retrofit of masonry chimneys attached to 3 story buildings.


The Residential Seismic Assessment and Retrofit Standard Consensus Committee (IS-RSARC) was appointed by the ICC Board of Directors in June 2020 and has primary responsibility for the development as an American National Standard.  All standards development is subject to ICC's ANSI Approved Consensus Procedures.


Applications to serve on the committee were received on February 25, 2020 for the ICC Board of Directors consideration in response to a call for committee in January 2020.

The Code Council adheres to openness and transparency in our Standards development process. All ICC Standards committee meetings are open to the public.  Any interested party can participate in committee meetings and can be considered by the committee for membership on any work-group that the committee creates.  Interested parties will be notified by email of standards activities related to IS-RSARC, including committee meetings, sub-group meetings and the availability of standard development documentation.  If you wish to be placed on the “interested parties” list for the development of these standards, please email the IS-RSARC, ICC Secretariat Samhar Hoz at shoz@iccsafe.org.


The first public Webex meeting of the IS RSARC committee was held on October 16, 2020.  The meeting included orientation for the committee members as well as the election of the chair and vice-chair. 

Notice for the next meetings of the committee scheduled for December 18, 2020 at 11:30 am CT and February 19, 2021 at 11:30 am CT will be posted below shortly.

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As the Major Jurisdiction Committee’s (MJC) representative on the ICC Code Development Governmental Consensus Process (cdpACCESS) Steering Committee, I will be reporting updates to our Membership and seeking your input and commentary.

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Chair: Jack Leyden

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Emergency Response Task Group

Emergency Response Task Group

Welcome to our Task Group page for “Emergency Response.” In previous years, many Jurisdictions have dealt with emergency response to hurricanes, wild fires, flooding and other natural disasters, in addition to their day-to-day code enforcement responsibilities. Our goal is to create an ongoing repository of case studies that share these experiences and most importantly address “lessons learned” from these events.

Please complete the survey (see below) and send back to our Task Group for review and publication.  You can submit your forms via email to mjc@iccsafe.org.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and willingness to share your experience and insight with other code officials.  If you have any other comments or questions, please submit them to us through the same address. We are committed to providing you a prompt response.

Co-Chairs: John L. Barrios and James Kennedy

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Budget / Staff Cut Recovery Task Group

Budget / Staff Cut Recovery Task Group

Welcome to our Task Group page for “How Jurisdictions are Recovering from Budget and Staff Cuts.” How has the economic recession impacted your Jurisdiction? What is your Jurisdiction doing to work with less / streamline efficiency? How is your Jurisdiction recovering from these cuts? These are questions Jurisdictions throughout the Country are having to address and we would like to record your solutions to these matters. Please review the included case studies and submit your own to share with our Membership. Submissions can be short or long, general or detailed. Please send your reports or updates to mjc@iccsafe.org.

Chair: James Bartl

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Blighted Buildings Task Group

Blighted Buildings Task Group

Welcome to the “Blighted Buildings and High Rates of Vacancy” Task Group page. Attached to this page is an example(s) of our review. Please evaluate the report and submit your own example for our year-end report. What are the innovative ways to deal with the high rates of vacancy? Blighted buildings indicate neglect to neighborhoods. For instance, the City of Philadelphia has a new ordinance that requires the use of windows and doors where there is an 80% occupied block face, locating owners through the use of the Internal Revenue Service database (Lexus Nexus). What tools exist from liens to extradition?

Send your submissions to mjc@iccsafe.org.

Chair: Michael Maenner

Co-Chair: Elizabeth Scanlan

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Benchmarking Task Group

Benchmarking Task Group

Code Officials periodically find themselves contacting other Jurisdictions to find out how something is done elsewhere. This information could be valuable to many of our colleagues as a benchmarking survey with basic data (such as size of the jurisdiction, number of plans reviewed, jobs inspected, staffing, etc.). It will save research time and provide key information and contact information for participating Jurisdictions.

Even if you cannot complete the survey given your time constraints, anything you can provide to our Task Group is appreciated and will be helpful.

Please review and submit the survey by clicking here. You may also submit to the Steering Committee for review with the PDF below; submissions can be sent to MJC@iccsafe.org.

Chair: Sheila Blake

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