Code Council Bylaws Committee
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.
Bylaws Committee Members
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
The Building Code Action Committee will be meeting via teleconference on the 2nd Tuesday of each month: August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10 and December 8, 2021 from 2-3:30 p.m. central. An additional call has been added for Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 2-3 p.m. central.
The Building Code Action Committee (BCAC) 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 sub-group that the committee creates. Interested parties will be notified by email of BCAC activities including committee meetings, sub-group meetings and the availability of BCAC related documentation. If you wish to be placed on the “interested parties” list for the BCAC, contact the ICC Secretariat, Kimberly Paarlberg at email@example.com.
See Council Policy 31 "Code Action Committees" for the scope of each of the CAC's.
For archives on the past BCAC work, click here.
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The Code Council's code development process stands as a shining example of codes and standards developed in the private sector and meets the fundamental principles of Circular No. A-119 — Federal Register (Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities). A key principle of the circular is an appeals process.
In accordance with Section 12.1 of CP 28 Code Development, the International Code Council has received six appeals on the 2019 Group B Final Action results which were posted on April 8, 2020. The appeal deadline was May 8th and all the appeals were received in a timely fashion.
This website will serve as the notification vehicle and repository for all documents related to the processing of the appeals in accordance with CP1 Appeals. Further, based on the cross-over of many of the code changes cited in the appeals, the Code Council Board of Directors has granted a 45-day extension of the 30-day deadline enumerated in Sections 4.1 and 6.1 of CP1 in order for staff to properly coordinate and correlate the processing of the appeals.
The six appeals are as follows:
The Notice of Appeal Hearings identified a significant amount of crossover between some of the appeals. The Appeals Board has decided to consider the appeals in five groups as noted below. The appellants related to each issue area are indicated in parentheses next to the topics. Click the plus symbol next to each category to see the appeal hearing agenda, comments and presentations currently submitted on each topic. On August 27, the appeal hearings for “Impact of Online Voting, Cost Impact, Voting Guides” and “Voter Eligibility, Validation Process” were combined into a single hearing to be held September 14.
Please direct all questions to Mike Pfeiffer, Senior Vice President of Technical Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Cycle Code Development Documents
- 2019 IECC – C Public comment agenda
- 2019 IECC-R/IRC-E Public comment agenda
- 2019 IRC – B Public comment agenda
- 2019 Final Action Results
- 2019 Report on the Code Development Process – 2019 Group B Cycle
Videos from the 2019 Group B Committee Action and Public Comment Hearings are now available, streaming here for free.
- Other Important Links
- 2019 Group B Code Cycle: Notice of Appeals
- Code Council Blue Ribbon Committee meeting July 9
- 2019 Group B Code Cycle: Notice of Appeals
- Appeals Board Bios
- Article: Code Development: A Process of Evolution and Improvement by Mike Pfeiffer
- Appeals Hearing Date Change
- Are you planning to participate in the appeal hearings?
The International Codes
The International Code Council was established in 1994 with the goal of developing a single set of national model construction codes that came to be known as the International Codes, or I-Codes. The I-Codes are a family of fifteen coordinated, modern building safety codes that help ensure the engineering of safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.
The I-Codes are the most widely accepted, comprehensive set of model codes used in the United States. All fifty states, the District of Columbia, and many other countries have adopted the I-Codes at the state or jurisdictional level.
The Code Development Process
The International Code Council develops construction and public safety codes through a governmental consensus process. The governmental consensus process leaves the final determination of code provisions in the hands of public safety officials who, with no vested financial interest, can legitimately represent the public interest.
The Code Council governmental consensus process meets the principles defined by the National Standards Strategy of 2000, and the OMB Circular A-119, Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities (1998). It complies with Public Law 104-113 National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995.
The Standard Development Process
The Code Council adheres to openness and transparency in our Standards development process. All our 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 workgroup that the committee creates.
Code Technical Support Services
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Building Valuation Data
The International Code Council is pleased to provide the following Building Valuation Data (BVD) for its members. The BVD will be updated at six-month intervals, with the next update in February 2020. ICC strongly recommends that all jurisdictions and other interested parties actively evaluate and assess the impact of this BVD table before utilizing it in their current code enforcement related activities.