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.

Developing Individuals and Organizations

IgCC Developed by:

 

Members of the Sustainable Building Technology Committee

Chair: Ravi Shah, ICC Board of Directors, Director of Urban Development, City of Carrolton, Texas

Vice Chair: Chris Green, AIA, LEED AP Representing AIA, President, AGO Studios, Inc. , Avon, Colorado

 

Committee Members:

Dennis A. Andrejko, FAIA
Representing AIA
Associate Professor of Architecture
University at Buffalo, Department of Architecture
Buffalo, NY

 

Jack Bailey, IES, LC, LEED AP
Representing International Association of
Lighting Designers
Partner, One Lux Studio, LLC
New York, NY

 

Peter K. Bruck, LEED AP, MA
Sustainability Program Manager
U.S. General Services Administration – Region 10
Seattle, WA

 

David C. Conover
Senior Technical Advisor/S&E V
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Washington, DC

 

David Eisenberg
Executive Director
Development Center for Appropriate Technology
Tucson, AZ

 

Anthony C. Floyd, AIA, LEED AP
Green Building Program Manager
City of Scottsdale, AZ

 

Sam Francis
Northeast Regional Manager, Building Codes &
Standards
American Forest & Paper Association
West Grove, PA

 

Holly Gerberding, FAIA
Coordinating Architect
Chicago Department of General Services
Chicago, IL

 

Josh R. Greenfield, PE, LEED AP
Senior Associate
Primera Engineers Ltd.
Chicago, IL

 

Maureen Guttman, AIA
Executive Director, Governor’s Green
Government Council
Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection
Harrisburg, PA

 

Jonathan Humble, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Regional Director
American Iron and Steel Institute
West Hartford, CT

 

Ron Jones
Owner
Green Builder, LLC

Eastsound, WA

 

Stephen Kanipe, CBO, LEED AP
Chief Building Official
City of Aspen, CO

Medard Kopczynski, CBO
Assistant City Manager
City of Keene, NH

 

Carol Marriott, P. Eng.
Representing ASHRAE
Owner
Carol Marriott Consulting, LLC
Minneapolis, MN

 

R. Christopher Mathis, SMArchS
Representing ASTM-International
President
M C 2 Mathis Consulting
Asheville, NC

 

Dennis McCabe
Superindent of Building Department – Planning Director
Village of East Rockaway, NY

 

Ted Miltiades
Director,Office of Construction Codes
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Atlanta, GA

 

Richard C. Morgan, PMP
Austin Energy Green Building Manager
Austin Energy/City of Austin, TX

 

Brendan Owens, PE, LEED AP
Vice President, LEED Technical Department
U.S. Green Building Council
Washington, DC

 

Stephen S. Szoke, PE
Director, Codes and Standards
Portland Cement Association
Skokie, IL

 

David Walls
Executive Director
California Building Standards Commission
Sacramento, CA

 

Robert Weber, PE, CBO
President
R. D. Weber & Associates, Inc.
Las Vegas, NV

 

Joseph D. Wendler, PE
Project Engineering Manager, Standards and Certification
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
New York, NY

 

Robert (Robin) White, LEED AP
Product Manager, Marketing Retail Sales and Development
Alabama Power Company
Birmingham, AL

 

A. Vernon Woodworth, AIA
Representing AIA
Associate Principal
R.W. Sullivan, Inc.
Boston, MA

 

Content Developed with the Research and Input of

Work Group Participants and Public Meeting Attendees, including

 

Accelerated Building Technologies, ACH&RI, Acuity Brands Lighting, Air-Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Institute, AIA California Council, AIA COTE, AIA COTE Denver, AIA Illinois, AIA/State of Wisconsin, AIM LLC, Alliance for Water Efficiency, American Coatings Association, American Gas Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, American Wood Council, Anderson Corporation, Arby’s Restaurant Group, Arcon Services Inc., Asphalt Roofing Manufactures Association, ASC, American Society for Healthcare Engineering, Barb Grady, BASF, Building Officials Association of Florida, Brick Industry Association, Broan/Nutone, Brown Chamblis, Building Quality, Cardinal Glass, CCCIA, CCICC, CES, City of Golden, City of Houston, City of Southfield, City of Waco, Colorado Code Consulting LLC, Construction Testing and Engineering, Davidson Code Concepts/NASFM, DuPont, Edison Electric Institute, Energy Systems Lab-Texas A&M, Fire Safety, Florida Natural Gas Association, Full Service Green, Gas Technology Institute, Georgia Pacific, Green Building Initiative, Greenguard, Gypsum Association, Hearth Patio & BBQ Association/PFI, IAEI, Institute for Business and Home Safety, Institute for Market Transformation, Intech Consulting, Intercode Inc., International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Log Builders Association, ISO, Jeld-Wen Inc., K. Hovnanian, The Kellen Company, Keystone DCM, Koch Hazard Associates, Lutron Electronics, Laclede Gas Company, Martin Hammer Architect, Masonry Alliance for Codes & Standards, Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Mathis Consulting, MMLP Ltd., National Association of Homebuilders, NAIMA, National Propane Gas Association, New Buildings Institute, NFSA, NOVA Chemicals, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, Osram Sylvania Lighting, Pacific Gas and Electric, Page Southerland Page, Piedmont Natural Gas, Plastics Piping Consultants, Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association, Plumbing Manufactures Institute, PRB Connect, Rainfilters of Texas LLC, RCI Inc., Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute, Schneider Electric, SEDAC/BRC UIUC, Sheet Metal and Air-Conditioning Contractors National Association, Siemens, Spiezle Architecture Group, Single Ply Roofing Industry, Starbucks, Steel Framing Alliance, Target, Texas A&M University – College of Architecture, Texas Energy Systems Laboratory, Texas Legislative Service, The Athena Institute, The Green Building Initiative, The Preview Group, Tile Council of North America, TSA Codes & Standards Commission, Underwriters Laboratory, United Technologies Corporation (UTC-Carrier and UTC-Power), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. General Services Administration, USG Corporation, U.S. Green Building Council, Velux, Watt Stopper, Window and Door Manufacturers Association

 

ICC Project Staff

 

Project Managers 

Tom Frost, AIA — Senior Vice President

Mike Pfeiffer, PE — Deputy Senior Vice President

 

Staff Secretariats

Allan Bilka, RA — Senior Staff Architect

Gregg Gress — Senior Technical Staff

John Battles — Director of Technical Assistance, Architectural & Engineering Services

Kermit Robinson, CBO — Senior Technical Staff

Board Committee On Long Term Code Development Process

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In September 2016, the International Code Council Board of Directors recognized the need for a formal process that allows stakeholders to provide feedback on the code development process.

The feedback was summarized and posted for comment.

In 2017, the Board reviewed stakeholder feedback and took the actions noted in the report, “Board Action on Feedback/Comments on the ICC Code Development Process." As part of this report, preliminary draft revisions to Council Policy 28 (CP 28): Code Development were posted for comment. Changes to CP 28 were made by the Board in September 2017. Board actions were only intended for implementation in the 2018/2019 cycle.

Included in the feedback were proposed long-term structural changes to the code development process. The Board created a Board-level committee to follow the implementation of the new changes in the 2018/2019 cycle. With the completion of the 2018 Group A cycle, the Board established the Board Committee on the Long-Term Code Development Process (also known as the “Blue Ribbon Committee”).

Additional information is available at the links below:

If you would like to receive email updates concerning this committee, please contact Mike Pfeiffer, PE.

Ad Hoc Committee on Building Safety and Security

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News

The Ad Hoc committee on Building Safety and Security (BSS) has completed their review of the posted Literature Review documents (see drop down below for documents). Click here to see their review comments.

The International Code Council Board of Directors established an ad hoc committee to comprehensively explore and assess building safety and security. Building safety is an issue of upmost importance to our families and communities as we tackle outdated facilities, fire safety concerns, active shooters and other emergency situations. The design, layout and building features in new and existing buildings can have an impact on both safety and security. Safety and security touches a myriad of code regulations as well as considerations which go beyond compliance. To read the press release, click here.

Click here for Approved Scope.

This will be a multi-year effort.  Three – four meetings are planned each year. The in-person meetings will be supported by committee and Work Group conference calls (once Work Groups are created).

If you would like to be added to the email distribution list for information concerning the Committee and/or Work Groups, please email Mike Pfeiffer, PE @ mpfeiffer@iccsafe.org

Fire/Fire Safety Work Group 2018-2019 Cycle

AHC Work Groups are responsible for developing reports, including proposed draft language of code changes, to be submitted to the full AHC for their consideration and final approval. The following documents are being considered and/or have been developed by the Work Group.

Return to the main AHC page for more information on this current cycle.

Work Group Documents

Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Work Group 2018-2019 Cycle

AHC Work Groups are responsible for developing reports, including proposed draft language of code changes, to be submitted to the full AHC for their consideration and final approval. The following documents are being considered and/or have been developed by the Work Group.

Return to the main AHC page for more information on this current cycle.

Work Group Documents

General/Egress Work Group 2018-2019 Cycle

AHC Work Groups are responsible for developing reports, including proposed draft language of code changes, to be submitted to the full AHC for their consideration and final approval. The following documents are being considered and/or have been developed by the Work Group.

Return to the main AHC page for more information on this current cycle.

Work Group Documents

ICC Ad Hoc Committee on Healthcare (AHC) 2012-2014 Archive

The ICC Board approved the creation of an ad hoc committee to comprehensively review and update the provisions in the International Codes relative to both new and existing hospitals and ambulatory care facilities. This new committee is being formed in cooperation with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE). The objective of this committee is to develop code change proposals to the International Codes which will result in the most contemporary, effective and efficient provisions for hospital and ambulatory care facilities to assure the highest level of safety for all users of such facilities.

If you wish to be placed on the “interested party” list for this committee, contact the ICC Secretariat, Kim Paarlberg, Senior Staff Architect. Interested parties will be notified by e-mail of activities related to this committee.

Work Groups

- Egress Work Group

- Fire/Fire Safety Work Group

- General Work Group

- Occupancy Work Group

For a description of the Work Groups and logistics, click here.

ICC Ad Hoc Committee on Healthcare (AHC) 2015-2016 Archive

The ICC Board approved the creation of an ad hoc committee to comprehensively review and update the provisions in the International Codes relative to both new and existing hospitals and ambulatory care facilities. This new committee is being formed in cooperation with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE). The objective of this committee is to develop code change proposals to the International Codes which will result in the most contemporary, effective and efficient provisions for hospital and ambulatory care facilities to assure the highest level of safety for all users of such facilities.

If you wish to be placed on the “interested party” list for this committee, contact the ICC Secretariat, Kim Paarlberg, Senior Staff Architect. Interested parties will be notified by e-mail of activities related to this committee.

Code Council Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings

The Code Council Board approved the creation of the ad hoc committee to explore the building science of tall wood buildings with the scope being to investigate the feasibility of and take action on developing code changes for tall wood buildings.

This will be a multi-year effort.  Three – four meetings are planned each year. The in-person meetings will be supported by numerous Work Group conference calls (see below). The objective will be the submission of code changes for the 2018 Group A Cycle (IBC) in January/2018.

If you would like to be added to the email distribution list for information concerning the Committee and/or Work Groups, please email Mike Pfeiffer, PE at mpfeiffer@iccsafe.org and indicate which email distribution list(s) you would like to be added to.

News

Additional TWB supporting documentation for the 2018 PCH and OGCV

In addition to the CAH response and final report posted below, the following additional supporting documentation is provided to demonstrate the viability and building science behind the package of TWB code changes that will be considered at the upcoming 2018 Public Comment Hearings (PCH) in Richmond as well as the Online Governmental Consensus Vote (OGCV) which will follow the PCH:

TWB responds to CAH Issues

The TWB code proposals were heard at the Code Council Committee Action Hearings in Columbus, Ohio, in April 2018. While all of the code proposals were ultimately approved by the various Code Development Committees, several concerns were raised by committee members and interested parties. The attached document seeks to inventory the concerns raised, and to provide a summary response from the TWB committee.

Final Report of Fire Testing Completed

Five full-scale fire tests were conducted to observe the performance of a two-level apartment style structure constructed of mass timber. The final report of the “Compartment Fire Testing of a Two- Story Mass Timber Building” is complete and posted. Click here for the full report. Click here for the abbreviated version (without appendices).

Committee Documents

Work Group Documents