Education

Building Tours Sun. Oct. 20  ▪  Insight Sessions Mon. Oct. 21  ▪ Education Tue. Oct. 22

Grow your knowledge and expertise with the most comprehensive building safety education sessions. Building Tours are available on Sunday, October 20 (sign up for these tours during the registration process).

New Insight Sessions are available on Monday, October 21, and are included in full conference registration. Education sessions take place on Tuesday, October 22, with morning and afternoon sessions, also available as a one-day event. More details to come on these events. Insight and education sessions will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Be sure to arrive early to ensure a seat.

CEUs

Your participation in the Code Council's conference education sessions, building tours, and annual business meeting could earn you the following CEUs to help maintain or move forward to your next certification, totaling up to 4.0 CEUs:

  • WICED/PTN/ICC Day of Service Volunteer Outing (Saturday, Oct. 19) – Earn 7 hours or 0.7 CEUs
  • Building Tours (Sunday, Oct. 20) – Earn up to 7 hours or 0.7 CEUs
  • Expo Talks (Sunday, Oct. 20 & Monday, Oct. 21) – Earn up to 5 hours or 0.5 CEUs
  • Annual Business Meeting (Monday, Oct. 21) – Earn 2 hours or 0.2 CEUs
  • Insight Sessions (Monday, Oct. 21) – Earn 1.5 hours or 0.15 CEUs
  • ICC Talks: Inspiration and Innovation (Tuesday, Oct. 22) – Earn 2 hours or 0.2 CEUs
  • Conference Education Program (Tuesday, Oct. 22) – Earn up to 4.5 hours or 0.45 CEUs
  • Hearings 101 (Wednesday, Oct 23) – Earn 1.0 hours or .1 CEUs
  • In-person participation or attendance at the code hearings can earn up to 1.0 CEUs

Building Tours

Sunday, October 20

Sunday, October 20 | 7:30 am–Noon

Building Tour #1 – Long Beach City Hall & Port of Long Beach Administration Building & The Queen Mary (Half Day – AM | 0.4 CEUs)

Long Beach City Hall & Port of Long Beach Administration Building
These two LEED Gold-certified were designed to prioritize environmental performance. They feature energy efficient, under-floor air conditioning systems that eliminate the need for air ducts and mechanical equipment in the ceiling, which allows for higher finished ceiling heights and increased natural light. The exterior curtain walls are composed of alternating panels of floor-to-ceiling vision glass and solid panels. The height of the vision panels allows daylight to penetrate into the depth of the floors. Solid panels limit solar heat gain. Balconies are located on the top floor of both buildings. City Hall’s solid exterior wall portions are expressed as white metal panels, while the Port Headquarters buildings are recessed color strips behind vision glass, designed to echo the color variations found in shipping containers at the nearby Long Beach Port. While touring both buildings, our expert will talk about the City’s Building and Safety Bureau’s and Harbor Department’s role in construction and permitting activity.

Queen Mary
The retired ocean liner sailed primarily on the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard Line. The ship's groundbreaking construction made it the most luxurious and technologically advanced ocean liner of its time. While exploring the ship from bow to stern, and inside to out, we will discuss how the City treats this ship as a building/structure for the purpose of permitting and construction activity. Our expert guide will talk about the various projects to restore, rehabilitate, and improve ADA-related compliance measures and the application of historic preservation standards.

Bus transportation included – departs at 7:00 am. Additional fee applies. This tour is limited to 50 people and is listed as an option when you register.

Sunday, October 20 | 8:30 am–12:30 pm

Building Tour #2 – ReMo Homes Factory Tour (Half Day – AM | 0.3 CEUs)

This tour will include a presentation on “Scaling Modular thorough Componentization and Standardization.” Participants will walk through a model home and discuss the process involved in building these innovative, sustainable and affordable homes. ReMo Homes is on a mission is to solve the housing and climate crises through innovative manufacturing techniques. The modular manufacturing company produces zero-carbon, affordable homes using advanced fabrication methods and automation-friendly materials. ReMo Homes takes a holistic approach to addressing climate change and housing affordability.

Bus transportation and light refreshments included – bus departs at 8:45 am. Comfortable, closed toe shoes are a must. Additional fee applies. This tour is limited to 50 people and is listed as an option when you register.

Sunday, October 20 | Noon–4 pm

Building Tour #3 – Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Site – Walking Tour (Half Day – PM | 0.4 CEUs)

The Rancho Los Alamitos, the “Ranch of the Little Cottonwoods,” is a Long Beach City Landmark listed twice on the National Register of Historic Places—as the sacred Gabrielino, or Tongva village of Povuu’ngna, as well as for its adobe core ranch house, four acres of lush historic gardens, and the restored Barns Area that recalls the great ranching heritage of Southern California from early to mid-20th century. The Rancho Center has an exhibition, theatre and related program facilities that connect 21st century audiences with the powerful story of California, its landscape and its inhabitants throughout time. Meticulous restoration of the Barns Area brings back the historical character, sights and sounds of the original working ranch, its historic barns, working blacksmith shop, feed shed and corrals. Enjoy the opportunity to learn from some of the code officials, engineers and specialists involved with the site’s extensive construction work that included cutting-edge seismic stabilization of the circa 1800 adobe core ranch house.

Bus transportation and light refreshments included – bus departs at 11:30 am. Comfortable, closed toe shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are a must. Additional fee applies. This tour is limited to 50 people and is listed as an option when you register.

Sunday, October 20 | 1 – 4 pm

Building Tour #4 – Harbor Breeze Cruise (Half Day – PM | 0.3 CEUs)

Learn about the Long Beach International Gateway Bridge and how it was permitted and built. Get an up-close view of large cargo and container ships from all over the world and hear how permits are obtained by the different ports depending on what they store, ship and receive. Enjoy views of the unique Long Beach Harbor, beautiful Long Beach skyline, world famous Queen Mary, and much more!

Bus transportation included – departs at 12:30 pm. Comfortable, closed toe shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are a must. Additional fee applies. This tour is limited to 125 people and is listed as an option when you register.

Insight Sessions

Monday, October 21 | 0.15 CEUs each

Session 1
Trades & Talent
Session 2
Online Member Community
Session 3
Resilience
Session 4
Quick Hits
Session 5
Performance vs. Prescriptive
Session 6
Digital
Session 7
PPOs
The Trades and the Talent Pipeline The Online Member Community Resilience and U.S. Federal Grants Quick Hits on Emerging Building Safety Topics Performance vs. Prescriptive Codes Artificial Intelligence and Its Impact on the Building Industry 30 Years of Excellence
Insight Session 1

The Trades and the Talent Pipeline: How to Successfully Recruit and Retain Industry Professionals

Industry representatives discuss the ongoing shortage of qualified professionals in the building, design, and safety space. Come to this insight session to learn more about how the various trades are tackling recruitment, retention, and preparing today’s entry-level employees to become managers and business leaders. Ask your questions and share your insights as we collectively brainstorm the best ways to fill the talent pipeline.

Moderator: Matthew Winn, Senior Vice President of Training, International Code Council

Speakers:

  • Rudolph Garza, President and CEO, Independent Alliance of the Electrical Industry (IAEI)
  • Paul Robinson, CEO ConstructReach
  • Jeffrey Scott, Outreach Specialist, Western States Regional Council of Carpenters
  • PHCC representative (invited)
  • WiPP representative (invited)
  • UA representative (invited)
Insight Session 2

Online Member Community: Get Connected

You asked for it, and we built it! This year, the International Code Council released a state-of-the-art online community platform offered exclusively as a member benefit. Learn how you can leverage this self-service tool to connect and network with other members, streamline communication and collaboration, create and share events, and more. This session will include an opportunity for members to sign up and get connected.

Speakers:

  • Ron Piester, Vice President of Membership & Strategic Engagement, International Code Council
  • Michael Nystrom, Senior Manager of Digital Content, International Code Council
Insight Session 3

Driving Resilience Through Building Codes: Harnessing Federal Funding to Achieve Resilience Goals

Communities are facing unprecedented challenges of responding to the increasing number, intensity, and frequency of disaster events. Policies and programs at the state and local levels must include a strong focus on enhancing the resilience of current and future buildings to safeguard communities against natural hazards. Effective implementation of modern, hazard-resistant building and energy codes are central to the realization of a resilient and sustainable future. This session will explore the role of modern building codes in creating safe, resilient, and sustainable communities. Panelists will discuss how jurisdictions are accessing federal funding to achieve their goals through successful modern building code implementation activities.

Speakers:

  • Alice Hill, Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Ryan Colker, VP of Innovation, International Code Council
  • Stella Carr, Energy and Resilience Project Manager, International Code Council
  • State and local representatives (invited)
Insight Session 4

Quick Hits on Emerging Building Safety Topics

Building safety professionals are increasingly at the forefront of policy initiatives and technological advances. This session will feature short, quick-hit discussions on emerging issues, including:

  • Battery and energy storage safety in the built environment
  • Environmental risks facing aging infrastructure
  • Best practices for modular construction
  • Adaptive reuse of buildings
  • Community wildfire mitigation strategies
  • Water scarcity

Speakers:

  • Karl Fippinger, CEM, PMP, Vice President, Fire and Disaster Mitigation, International Code Council
  • Kevin T. McOsker, P.E., CBO, Vice President of Technical Resources, International Code Council
  • Lesley Garland, ICC Vice President, State and Local Relations
  • Karyn Beebe, PE, LEED AP, ICC Government Relations Regional Manager
  • Esber Andiroglu, PhD, PE, LEED AP, University of Miami
Insight Session 5

Performance vs. Prescriptive Codes

Join this highly interactive insight session, which will be presented in the format of a code hearing, and debate with stakeholders operating in both prescriptive and performance-based building regulatory ecosystems around the world about the advantages and challenges of each. The session will explore the performance and prescriptive codes from the following perspectives:

  • Innovation in building design
  • Innovation in construction materials & methods
  • Existing building upgrades/retrofits
  • Code enforcement (plan review, permitting, inspections)
  • Practitioner training/competency
  • Achieving environmental goals

Speakers:

  • Judy Zakreski, ICC Senior Vice President, Global Operations & Solutions (host)
  • Beth Tubbs, ICC Vice President, Codes (moderator)
  • Neil Savery, Managing Director, ICC Oceania Pty LTD
  • Ron Lynn, RDL Strategic Concepts
Insight Session 6

Learning a Better Way to Apply AI to Building Codes

The promise of this new generation of Artificial Intelligence software is that it has all the answers. The reality is that there is great opportunity in Large Language Model (LLM) applications, but it comes with unique challenges, especially if it is trying to be a resource for building and safety codes. This session will cover those challenges both from the perspective of a user trying to evaluate and utilize AI tools for building codes, and also from the view of those on the software side trying to build and train those tools.

Speakers:

  • Joan O’Neil, Chief Knowledge Officer, International Code Council
  • Ed Cilurso, Product Manager, International Code Council
  • David Hunt, Executive Vice President, Archistar
  • Dr. Benjamin Coorey, Founder, Archistar
Insight Session 7

30 Years of Excellence: A Reflection on the Establishment of the International Code Council and Creation of an International Suite of Model Codes

The International Code Council was established 30 years ago in 1994, with the goal of developing a single set of national model construction codes. It brought together three different organizations that had developed three separate sets of model codes throughout the U.S.: Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI). Today the International Code Council and the International Codes (I-Codes) are world renowned. Learn about this illustrious history from some of those who know the Code Council best–its Past Presiding Officers.

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Stuart D. Tom, P.E., CBO, FIAE, President, International Code Council Board of Directors
  • Invited past presiding officers

Education at Conference

Tuesday, October 22  ▪  Earn up to 0.65 CEUs

The 2024 Annual Conference Education program will offer 10 tracks! Each track will consist of ICC Talks: Inspiration and Innovation, worth 0.2 CEUs, plus three 90-minute courses worth 0.15 CEUs each. View full class descriptions.

Track 8 – 10 am 10:15 – 11:45 am 1:45 – 3:15 pm 3:30 – 5 pm
Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas ICC Talks – Inspiration and Innovation 2024 IPC, IMC, IFGC Significant Changes A2L Refrigerants – What You Need to Know ACCA’s Improved HVAC Plan Review Form
Fire & Life Safety Hazardous Materials and the GHS Energizing the Built Environment 2024 IFC Significant Changes
Building Code 2024 IBC Significant Changes Fire-Resistance-Rated Building Elements/Assemblies Flood Provisions
Residential Code Residential Electric Overview 2024 IRC Significant Changes What to Expect When Reviewing Residential Projects for Energy Code Compliance
Energy Code 2024 IECC Residential Significant Changes What to Expect When Reviewing Commercial Projects for Energy Code Compliance 2024 IECC Commercial Significant Changes
Existing Buildings Adaptive Reuse of Existing Buildings 2024 IEBC Significant Changes 2024 IEBC Compliance Options & 2024 IECC Chapter 5
Off‑Site Construction Even More Insight into Off‑Site Intro to Off‑Site Construction, Responsibilities and Requirements Approving Small Residential Dwelling Units: ADUs and Tiny Homes
Management Management Best Practices: From Your Grandfather to Today Legal Aspects – Essential Topics Building Bridges Between Builders/Contractors & Inspectors
Hot Topics Special Inspections Overview Assessing the Safety of Existing Concrete Buildings Demystifying Structural Loads
Leveraging the ICC Family of Solutions Demystifying Conformity Assessments Leveraging the ICC Family of Solutions Globally
(Go Global with ICC, Part 1)
Leveraging the ICC Family of Solutions Globally
(Go Global with ICC, Part 2)